Pilot Project to reduce flood risk begins.

The Environment agency is working with the River Stewardship Company to deliver a Pilot project aiming to reduce the risk of flooding and create a better natural habitat. The site of this Pilot project is a small sheep farm near Earby on the boarder of Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The flood risk management trial will be focusing on the land near the River Aire and will focus on natural flood management, the creation of wetlands, leaky barriers to slow the flow of rainwater and hedge planting are all proposals this project aims to test.

This work is part of the wider program been funded by Leeds City Council which aims to work with nature not against it in order to reduce the flow of water from upstream so the landscape has more time to absorb the water. It is hoped that this pilot project along side the wider NFM program will encourage more landowners to take part showing the benefits of the project while maintain arable land that can be used by farmers while reducing flood risk.

Ofcom opening up the air to benefit rural communities

The UK’s telecom regulator Ofcom has announced that it is opening up applications for small business and rural communities to have shared-access to airwaves “spectrums” which have so far been restricted to major mobile operators.

These networks are licenced to the mobile operators but if they are not using them then they will be available for the sharing. As these technologies get deployed it will be a very interesting time in the Industry.

Ofcom are using this approach to help support innovation for new services an example given for farmers would be to allow them to set-up their own network to connect livestock, crop and irrigation systems together. Which would allow for better planning, resource management and benefit harvesting.

This is not only set to benefit famers as rural communities and other industries in the manufacturing and entertainment sectors will likely also see a benefit to applying and gaining access to these networks. The networks proposed to be opened up to sharing by Ofcom do support 4G and 5G so the latest and the best equipment will be available to everyone.

You can apply to Ofcom now if there is a network that is not been used by its owning mobile operator in your area today to apply for access to it will cost £950 to use the network for up to three years though longer-term contracts can be agreed.

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