Cross-border experiments into flooding and erosion

INNOVATIVE schemes to tackle climate change, fight flooding, stabilise river banks, counter wild fires and improve wind erosion are being considered by a multi-agency initative designed to ‘invest in rural areas’.

Cheviot Futures is a project focusing on the Cheviot Hills and in particular the areas river catchments (Till, Glen, Bowmont, Breamish, Wooler Water and the Teviot).

Cheviot Futures’ project officer, Jennifer Hewitson, updated Berwick Probus Club on the cross-border organisation’s recent environmental work.

Flood schemes have been put in place at Ingram, Linhope and Netherton.

Protection against timber-based erosion, in conjunction with the Environment Agency will be completed at Kirknewton this summer.

And while many borderland villages are steadily becoming more aware of the potential they have to use wind energy, experiments to look into soil erosion by the wind are under way near Doddington and Milfield.

The heavy summer rains have led to the postponing of a logjam engineering project on the River Bowmont until August.