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Local flood group on television

The great work of an award winning local community group was highlighted in a television programme shown on ITV1 last week (Thursday 17 May).

‘The Great British Weather’ investigated the impact of our changing climate as Britain went from having the hottest March since 1957 to the wettest April since records began.

The Bodenham Flood Protection Group was formed in 2008 following the significant flooding which occurred the year before. It has its own constitution and its own funding, an elected committee representing each area of the village and a membership of nearly 50 volunteers. As well as helping raise awareness, this proactive self-help group regularly carries out working party sessions around the village.

Herefordshire Council has been working with the Bodenham Flood Protection Group and the Environment Agency to obtain funding to help local homeowners better protect their homes against flooding. The success in gaining this funding was largely due to the high levels of community engagement undertaken by the group.

The work of the Bodenham Flood Protection Group was also recognised by the Pride of Herefordshire Awards in 2011 as the group were named the Herefordshire Environmental Champions.

Cllr Russell B. Hamilton, deputy cabinet member for environment, housing and planning, said: “It was great to see Bodenham featured on national television for the work that they have done together as a community. The way that they have organised themselves as a group of volunteers in response to the problem of flooding in this area is incredible.

“The commitment that members of this community have to each other and the way they have responded is an inspiration to everyone. I am sure that others who face similar problems will be encouraged by this story.

“Furthermore I believe that the Bodenham approach could be applied to tackling many other challenges faced by communities."

The programme can be viewed again at the ITV Website