Daily uk news Environment Agency launches urgent probe after farmer bulldozed Herefordshire riverside beauty spot and 'stripped mile-long stretch of trees to protect homes from floods' MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - John Price - a local potato and cattle farmer - dredged a section of the River Lugg in Herefordshire and reportedly stripped a mile-long stretch of the bank of trees and bushes.

Daily uk news Environment Agency launches urgent probe after farmer bulldozed Herefordshire riverside beauty spot and 'stripped mile-long stretch of trees to protect homes from floods' MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - John Price - a local potato and cattle farmer - dredged a section of the River Lugg in Herefordshire and reportedly stripped a mile-long stretch of the bank of trees and bushes.

Daily uk news  Environment Agency launches urgent probe after farmer bulldozed Herefordshire riverside beauty spot and 'stripped mile-long stretch of trees to protect homes from floods' MetiNews.Com
05 December 2020 - 18:00

Breaking News ! A farmer who used a 16-ton bulldozer to destroy a riverside beauty spot has said he acted to protect local homes from flooding.John Price - a local potato and cattle farmer - dredged a section of the River Lugg near Leominster in Herefordshire and reportedly stripped a mile-long stretch of the bank of trees and bushes.The farmer, 66, was widely criticised and the Environment Agency has launched an urgent investigation into the matter. John Price - a local potato and cattle farmer - dredged a section of the River Lugg (pictured) near Leominster in Herefordshire and stripped a mile-long stretch of the bank of trees and bushes Pictured is a general view of a stretch of the River Lugg in the area in 2018. This is how it would have looked before  River dredging and managing floods Dredging a river does reduce a flood risk, at one location, by allowing water to move downstream more quickly.This would explain John Price's actions with regard to removing trees that had already come down.As he said: 'I have not pushed any trees out and I haven't knocked any trees down. I have only cleared what ones came down in the flood.'However, the act of dredging can increase the risk of flooding elsewhere by disturbing the natural balance of the river.It can also wreak havoc with river habitats, including salmon spawning areas.Mr Price also said he was asked to carry out the work for free as he was fixing the erosion of the river bed and was helping solve issues caused by last year's floods.One way to protect river banks, however, is by using living (or dead) trees, roots and branches to cushion banks from the force of a river. adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement However last night Mr Price, who lives next to the river, said he had acted to protect locals in the nearby hamlet whose homes were devastated in last year's floods. Local residents said they had asked the Environment Agency to clear the blocked river to prevent more flooding, but their appeals failed. Claiming he acted with permission, Mr Price said: 'I'm a Herefordshire farmer and have lived at Hay Farm and was born here at home. I have never moved and have watched this river all my life and no one knows this river better than myself. 'I have always looked after the river. I was asked to stop the erosion because I'm the land owner so I'm responsible for the river.'It was up to the Environmental Agency to look after these rivers but they don't do any work and haven't got any money to do the work because they spend it all on clipboards.'I have not pushed any trees out and I haven't knocked any trees down I have only cleared what ones came down in the flood.' He added that the flooding had been getting worse over the last 10 years and that he had the support of the village and parish council in doing the work.    The Environment Agency said it was taking the matter 'very seriously' and had launched an urgent investigation.

. Don, whose Longmeadow cottage garden - the filming base for Gardener's World -lies a few miles from the stretch of the river in Herefordshire, tweeted: 'It breaks my heart but (it) is all too-typical of the ignorance, arrogance and sheer wanton destruction of those privileged to care for our countryside.'  The farmer, 66, was widely criticised and the Environment Agency launched an urgent investigation into the matter Local residents said they had asked the Environment Agency to clear the blocked river (pictured) to prevent more flooding, but their appeals failedOne resident whose home was flooded last year told the publication that Mr Price took on the work because the EA refused to listen to their appeals.       She said: 'John has acted in the best interests of the local community.'  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Horror as two men in their 30s drown and a boy, 9, is pulled... Moment county lines drug dealer jumps into river with £700... Ministers pledge £4million to plant thousands of trees to... Share this article Share Another villager said: 'During last year's storms, all the cottages near the river flooded and some are still not ready for people to go back into.'The Environment Agency were asked again and again to sort the river out but it didn't happen.'I think John just got sick and tired of waiting for another flood and just did what he had to do.'  Mr Price, who lives next to the river, said he had acted to protect locals in the nearby hamlet whose homes were devastated in last year's floods Yesterday, 14 officials from agencies including the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, West Mercia Police and Herefordshire Council descended on the scene (pictured) Helen Stace, of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (pictured left), said: 'This is nothing short of a tragedy'. Dave Throup, the Environment Agency area manager, (pictured right) said: 'We are aware of reports of damage to the River Lugg, which due to its environmental importance is protected through Site of Special Scientific Interest statusYesterday, 14 officials from agencies including the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, West Mercia Police and Herefordshire Council descended on the scene.Dave Throup, the Environment Agency area manager, said: 'We are aware of reports of damage to the River Lugg, which due to its environmental importance is protected through Site of Special Scientific Interest status.'We are treating this very seriously along with Natural England and the Forestry Commission who have taken immediate action in an attempt to prevent any further works at the site.'Helen Stace, of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, said: 'This is nothing short of a tragedy that will have dire consequences for the wildlife and water quality downstream. This is not about protecting the local area fromfloods, in my opinion the work that has been done will actually have the opposite effect.' 

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Daily uk news Environment Agency launches urgent probe after farmer bulldozed Herefordshire riverside beauty spot and 'stripped mile-long stretch of trees to protect homes from floods' MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news Environment Agency launches urgent probe after farmer bulldozed Herefordshire riverside beauty spot and 'stripped mile-long stretch of trees to protect homes from floods' MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news Environment Agency launches urgent probe after farmer bulldozed Herefordshire riverside beauty spot and 'stripped mile-long stretch of trees to protect homes from floods' MetiNews.Com


Daily uk news Environment Agency launches urgent probe after farmer bulldozed Herefordshire riverside beauty spot and 'stripped mile-long stretch of trees to protect homes from floods' MetiNews.Com

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