A new wetland and dykes scheme which aims to protect an East Lancashire market town from flooding is under way.

Ribble Revival: Clitheroe Community Catchment is one of 40 projects across England, which will use natural processes to tackle the problem, to be approved by government

Using methods such as planting trees and creating wetlands to reduce the risk of flooding, they are part £25 million national programme.

The Ribble Rivers Trust project, known as Ribble Revival: Clitheroe Community Catchment, will work with three landowners to install approximately 100 leaky barriers and carry out floodplain wetland restoration above Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley.

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These measures aim to enhance floodplain storage and slow flows upstream – increasing the town’s resilience and helping to protect many areas further downstream.

The works will also enable sediment and nutrients to settle in the plain, helping to improve water quality.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans said: “The Ribble Rivers Trust have proposed a number of projects focusing on slowing the flow over rivers across the Ribble catchment and I am delighted that this project within my constituency has been successful.

“It is crucial that we work alongside nature to help prevent flooding and protect our homes and infrastructure.

"We have previously seen devastating flooding in parts of the Ribble Valley so I am delighted that the Ribble River’s Trust have been successful in securing this project which will help to protect our area from the threat of flooding and its devastating consequences.”