CCRI & Stroud NFM at Stroud Film Festival

CCRI are to be collaborating with the Stroud Natural Flood Management (NFM) project in three more films.

Following on from the successful film back in 2017 which highlighted the benefits and techniques of NFM in the Stroud valleys, CCRI is again collaborating with Chris Uttley at Stroud District Council and artist Antony Lyons, this time to produce three new films, which will be launched at the Stroud Film Festival in March. The three films reflect on the activities and benefits of NFM as well as the changes this brings to the watercourses in the area. In a sense it is a ‘win-win-win-win’ story, with wins for nature, employment, wellbeing and of course for flood protection.

A still from the film

Tales of the Riverbank – Natural Flood Management in the Stroud Valleys highlights how the actions undertaken by volunteers and partners in the Stroud NFM project are changing the water courses in the Frome valley. In a sense it is a win-win-win story, wins for nature, employment and wellbeing as well as for flood protection.

Tales of the Riverbank – Living on the Floodplain is a much more personal reflection from a local resident who has flooded in the past about his relationship with water and the difference the NFM project has made.

Fluid Forests – an ecological symphony is an immersive film that focuses entirely on the visual and sonic atmospheres of restored ‘wet woodlands’ on the floodplain of the River Frome. These ecological improvements are a result of the ongoing NFM work. This is the film that will be shown in the Stroud Film Festival on March 9th at 2 pm along with the art work from the graphic novel Sound of a River.

Tickets for the screening of the films can be booked online here, and cost from £4.

Chris Short who sits on the Strategy group for the Stroud NFM project and helped develop the format of the films said “this is such a great way to showcase the Stroud NFM project and to engage with the people not just in Stroud but in other communities who have an NFM project or are considering one. These actions should be the norm across the country and changing the way we try to manage and direct water. I will certainly be using them in my teaching for students as it explain how we need to be more sensitive in the way we interact with the land.”

The CCRI support was possible as a result of the quality-related (QR) research funding received as part of the Research Excellence Framework.