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Horse Recruited To Help Bingley Flood Management Work

A pilot programme is being trialled in Bingley with horses to help reduce flood risks in the River Aire catchment.

A pilot programme is being trialled in Bingley with horses to help reduce flood risks in the River Aire catchment.

It’s taking place at Harden Moor, as part of a £500,000 project with the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, led by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

Ghalm, an 8-year-old North Swedish Forest horse, has joined the team to help move large trees around the site to construct leaky dams.

Project Executive at the Environment Agency, Chris Milburn said “We are delighted that this tradition is now being extended to the work at Harden Moor and we are very grateful for the opportunity to work with Ghalm as it will be a huge help to us when delivering our flood alleviation measures.”

The animals have been used for thousands of years in the industry, including recently in coal mining, to deliver beer, and pull trams and carriages.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport at Bradford Council has said “The design we developed ensures that the improvements to the site are sensitive to the surrounding landscape and existing habitants are retained. This land management maximises technique uses natural regeneration and re-wetting of heathland areas so that the landscape can hold more water in times of flood.”

Ghalm is one of a team of horses which are being used at various sites across Calderdale.

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