MORE than 80 volunteers spent the weekend planting trees and hedgerows in Wolverley in an effort to prevent the village from further flooding.

Local families, students and members of the Wolverley Scout group were joined by volunteers from across the country to plant 200 trees and 2,000 hedge whips in areas around the village.

It is hoped the new trees and hedges will help to protect Wolverley, which has been hit with severe flooding four times in the last 10 years, by drinking in water, thereby acting as a natural flood defence.

The two-day event was organised by Wolverley Flood Forum with help from the National Flood Forum and 10:10 Climate Action, supported by funding from the Postcode Local Trust and Aviva Community Fund.

Wolverley Flood Forum's Chris Rees, whose family has fallen victim to flooding, said: "Wolverley is a beautiful place, like many places near to water.

"Here we are in a steep valley and if nature contrives to throw a deluge at you, your heart can miss a beat.

"We are hoping the natural flood management scheme will help to improve things and reduce the flood risk to the village and its residents.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

"The opportunity we have will hopefully benefit us for many generations to come."

Trees were planted in the Wolverley CE Secondary School field, in an unused field in the village centre, and at a local farm.

Ellie Roberts, campaign manager at 10:10 Climate Action, said: "We know flooding will get worse with climate change - which is why it’s so great that Wolverley is both adapting to the increased risk of flooding and getting to the root cause of the problem.

"That’s what’s so exciting, it’s a two-pronged attack.

"We hope this project shows both communities and government that there is huge potential for reducing the impact of flooding while also tackling climate change at the same time."

Debbie Hall, flood officer of the National Flood Forum, added: "Due to the fantastic community spirit within the area, many landowners were really keen to do their bit to help alleviate some of the flood risk in the village whilst also combating climate change by allowing the community to plant trees on their land.

"The success of this project is undoubtedly due to strong drive of the residents of Wolverley and the understanding and commitment of the wider community."