Join Kelly on an adventure of the UK’s three mainland countries of the three highest peaks in England Wales and Scotland. A policy focused look at the intersectionality between the flood management techniques, service users of the national parks and with the stakeholders that pull maintain those parks over 3 weeks.
Having conversations on camera with wild swimmers, cyclists, trail runners, community groups and environmental activists.
The trip will have a mixture of solo enterprise and group adventure. The whole premise is to really take into consideration the differences of governance even within the British Isles, and how the communities I find there will respond as a result there of.
I want to capture the lived experience of those that enjoy nature and have a personal relationship to it. I want to see how much, if any average citizens are engaged with flood policy.
Each peak will be walked, and hopefully, fully documented with your help. Documenting the journey both to summit and in conversations with people we may meet. It is intended to do a summit a day and in the case that summits are close to each other we will be walking along the ridgeline to the next summit. Capturing the journey. The good the bad and the ugly. The scratches, bumps, and bruises. The scrambles, the views, and the landscape. To show off how beautiful the UK is and how much value can be held in free-flowing rivers. Together actively championing letting the rivers roam.
By design, a natural free flowing river then flows into the lowest lying areas, a floodplain; creating wetlands, side channels, tributaries and marshes. Flooding is caused by excess or unexpected rainfall, snowmelt, landslides, high tides, storm surges and anthropogenic activity. Floods are completely natural but can be intensified by “the construction of impermeable surfaces generating a rapid overflow that bypasses the natural storage and attenuation of the subsurface.” (Hartmann, 2011) Changes to a drainage basin or natural river flow can intensify the flood risk elsewhere in the catchment. Encroaching on the natural course of the river causes the flow to be intensified elsewhere or flood the newly developed infrastructure.
This project aims to engage with the landscape to see how a relationship with nature can increase the protection of it. Having a policy focussed approach means that the conversations will be had from a well-informed perspective.
The results will be complex and multifaceted. Contributing factors will include the natural geography of the UK, urbanisation, climate change, the demands on new infrastructure, the housing market and the ethical conundrum of due diligence and exceeding the basic requirements given by industry specific regulations and legislation.
The research hopes to engage with the current literature to establish the current policies facilitating development in flood risk areas. Taking this information to the hills and discussing it with policy makers will provide a platform for communities to really have their views heard and showcased on a national stage.
With the interviews we hope to catch the beauty of our waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and tributaries. It is the aim of this project to reconnect people to the whole hydrological cycle and its components having this documented as a United Kingdom. Share the commonalities not just the gaping legislative differences. By interviewing all stakeholders, but this time give equal screen time to those who enjoy, respect, and live amongst the landscape. Civil servants, community groups, and explorers alike. These hills mean something to us all. Capturing the journey from summit to sundown and all the different people that are at risk when our waterways aren’t protected.