14th April 2021Comments are off for this post.

Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme – Overview

The River Kent flows through the heart of the town of Kendal and has the highest level of protection afforded to a river in Britain, being both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. It is also just outside of the Lake District National Park, and is often billed as the “Gateway to the Southern Lakes”. A number of features that the river Kent has been designated for are likely to be impacted by Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme.

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2nd June 2020Comments are off for this post.

Why Dredging Won’t Solve Kendal’s Flooding Problem

Dredging is the act of removing loose sediment and other deposition from the riverbed and transporting it to another location.

During large-scale events the river is unable to cope with the volume of water that needs to be transported, and bursts its banks. We have noticed multiple people calling for the Kent to be dredged as a solution for Kendal. Below we detail some of the arguments against dredging, and why this won’t provide a solution for Kendal. 

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14th May 2020Comments are off for this post.

From Lockdown to Building Site

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1st May 2020Comments are off for this post.

A response from the Tyrolean Government

Many thanks to all of you who wrote an email in objection to the construction of the TUMPEN-HABICHEN HYDROPOWER PLANT. One of the recipients has since responded, but the response addresses none of our concerns. We need you to take further action now!



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9th April 2020Comments are off for this post.

The Tumpen Dam and Water Framework Directive

We need you to take action now!

The Tumpen hydroelectric power plant is the first of many hydro developments planned for the Ötz valley by the developer TIWAG and it’s associates.

You can watch the video to understand the main concerns around its construction or check out our previous blog post here:

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29th March 2020Comments are off for this post.

Unsere Ötztaler Ache / Our Ötztaler Ache

Stoppt den Staudamm in Tumpen / Stop the Tumpen Dam


The Ötztaler Ache the largest currently free-flowing river in Tyrol. Home to diverse riverine ecology, bank side alpine meadows and a mecca for white water kayakers from around the world. This jewel of Austrian rivers, previously home to the Sickline Extreme Kayaking World Championships is now threatened by multiple hydro power developments.

Petition Link, ACT NOW

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12th January 2020Comments are off for this post.

Time is running out! Please help us to save Kendal!

As surveyors and contractors move in to start work, we’re still doing everything we can to save Kendal - but we can’t do it without you! We need your help right now!

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11th January 2020Comments are off for this post.

The eyes of the nation will be on Kendal

An open letter to Kendal in response to letters and spurious comments from supporters of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme. Westmorland Gazette Letters, page 37, Thursday 9th January 2020.

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9th January 2020Comments are off for this post.

Press Release January 2020

Comments from our new year press release were featured in a two page article in the Westmorland Gazette on Thursday 9th January 2020. Here is the press release in full.

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21st December 2019Comments are off for this post.

Q and A with KASTLE

KASTLE, the young people’s environmental group, wanted to know more about Save The Heart of Kendal. Who we are, what we stand for, and why we are campaigning.

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20th December 2019Comments are off for this post.

Afon Cynfal and Rhaeadr y Cwm Threatened by Hydro Development.

UPDATE 24th March 2020

The Afon Cynfal is safe for now. 

The Snowdonia National Park Authority have placed the application for the Cwm Cynfal hydro scheme on hold. The planning department rightly decided that the application submitted was inadequate for such a potentially damaging development. A full EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) has been requested, we are unsure on whether the developer will complete this, and if they do when it will be submitted.

Many thanks to everyone who has written an objection to this inappropriate development. If the developer submits the EIA there will be a further chance to comment. We will let you know at that time.

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