As part of their Geography studies Year 8 visited Much Wenlock to discover the causes and impacts of flooding in the area and to see how the local residents cope.
The girls carried out an investigation in the pretty town which revealed that the flooding is caused by too many new buildings and a culverted river channel under the streets. They measured the velocity and channel of the tiny stream that turns into a raging river and couldn’t quite believe that the water of the Farley Brook could inflict so much damage.
Retired Geographer and local resident Paul Weeden gave the girls a fascinating insight into how he had flood-proofed his home and garden after the floods of 2007. A raised bridge, a waterproof wall, a two stage floodplain, an enormous drain, gabions, tiled floors … the girls were challenged to see how many modifications Paul had made to cope with future floods but many were so clever they failed to spot them! It was a fascinating day and gave everyone an insight into the problems of flooding and the challenges of balancing new development with sustainable river basin management.
“It was great looking around the town and seeing how it had changed through the ages.”
“Paul Weeden was really interesting to listen to and I now understand why a geographer would choose to live on a floodplain.”
“The best bit was measuring the velocity of the river with the orange.”
“It was a beautiful place and I really enjoyed having time to see it.”
“I didn’t realise that such a small river could cause such a mess.”