Slowing the Flow in Pickering

slow the flowThe Duchy of Lancaster is supporting the installation of new flood defences on its Pickering Estate in North Yorkshire. Plans put forward in 2013 for a £2m scheme designed to ‘slow the flow’ of floodwaters through Pickering are now nearing completion and include the creation of a new bund and control structure on Duchy land along Pickering Beck.

Commenting on the scheme, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “As a responsible landowner, the Duchy is pleased to release land to support initiatives such as this. The project has been very well supported by other local landowners, the local authority and neighbouring councils, Environment Agency and North York Moors National Park. The end result should protect Pickering from flooding in the event of any flood risk above a one-in-25-year event happening, while maintaining the beauty and integrity of the natural landscape.”

Pickering last suffered serious flooding in June 2007.

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Pickering Estate extends to circa 1,500 hectares to the north of the town itself. It includes woodland, agricultural holdings and residential properties, as well as a commercial shoot, bed and breakfast, tea rooms, rifle range and quarry. It forms part of the Yorkshire Survey, one of the Duchy’s five Rural Surveys across England and Wales.