The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will create more space for water away from built-up areas, reducing flood risk in the city
In recent decades Oxford has had a number of significant floods that have caused serious damage to property and businesses as well as causing major transport disruptions. The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is one of the largest inland flood alleviation projects in the UK. The scheme will enhance the existing floodplain to the west of Oxford, most of which is farmland and flood meadow. Material will be dug out to create a natural looking stream which will always carry water, and a wider shallower area to the side of this, which will be planted with vegetation and only carry water in times of higher flows. This creates more space for water away from built-up areas, reducing flood risk in the city whilst fitting with the existing landscape. The design will create over 22 hectares of new habitat for wildlife. We are working with the Environment Agency to help ensure the greatest benefits for freshwater wildlife.