Every year billions are spent in Britain and Europe on policies that wreck homes and lives through flooding


Digging up trees and digging more drains isn't preventing floods.

In his latest Guardian article, George Monbiot investigates a 'major research programme, which produced the following astonishing results: water sinks into the soil under trees at 67 times the rate at which it sinks into the soil under grass. The roots of the trees provide channels down which the water flows, deep into the ground. The soil there becomes a sponge, a reservoir which sucks up water and then releases it slowly.'


Rivers by Design - updated


RESTORE's Rivers by Design guide to river restoration for land-use professionals has had a few minor changes, including an update to the table showing the benefits of river restoration in the planning and development process.

The guide shows the crucial role planners, architects and developers the crucial role they can play in river restoratation. The document explains the contexty and need for river restoration and provides guidance on planing projects to make sure sustainable development is achieved.

RESTORE and NLA take to the Thames


Over 70 representatives from London’s planning and architecture sector joined RESTORE for an afternoon on the Thames in August.  The event was co-hosted and organised with New London Architecture, who work to promote London's architecture, planning and development sectors.

Re-wilding the River Bure: Low cost river restoration

‘How should a river be restored?’ can often be translated as ‘How much will it cost?’
One inexpensive low tech approach, that has sometimes led to divided opinions, is now gaining acceptance as a suitable method of restoring natural riverine processes.
A pioneering plan to recreate natural tree-fall was carried out on the River Bure, a chalk stream on the Bickling Hall Estate in Norfolk. The only equipment needed was an old boat, a hand winch and a chainsaw.
See the re-wilding of the R. Bure in action here