Addingham 4 Becks

Addingham 4 Becks

A4B is all about recognising the place that the four becks (Town Beck, Back Beck, Lumb Gill Beck and Wine Beck) have in Addingham and to make them a focal point of the village. Encouraging residents to understand their value for habitat, biodiversity, water quality and the role the becks can have in reducing flood risk.

This partnership project is led by the Addingham Environment Group – part of the Addingham Civic Society – and facilitated through the DVRN. The main partners are EA, YWS, Addingham Parish Council, Bradford Council, Addingham Anglers, YDRT and Wild Trout Trust. The first phase has been funded by the Wharfe Flood Partnership, and has focussed on the flood risk elements of the project – gathering information on recent flood events, mainly Boxing day 2015, using a flood survey. The details from 63 respondents formed the basis of a Community Flood Event, with Yorkshire Water and Bradford Council covering the Soak it up Campaign and Emergency Planning, respectively. This information was also used to help develop a local plan to increase flood resilience – including opportunities for Natural Flood Measures and Sustainable Urban Drainage. Two more drop in events focused on the wildlife in the becks and water quality, including looking at the River Wharfe and the Bradford Four Becks project There is now a team of volunteer Beck Stewards and a programme of training and learning opportunities for them – covering topics such ‘Community plumbing- what goes on underground in the water network’, hydrology, ecology, and training in water quality monitoring and data interpretation. Developing this volunteer training programme is a key to sustaining the project and ongoing interest in the Becks.

A second phase is being worked up looking at the biodiversity of Lumb Beck and making connections between the Moor and the river, to build and improve on the biodiversity of the area.