Bund stops banks from being breached

The scene when Stanwick Lakes closed due to flooding in 2012
The scene when Stanwick Lakes closed due to flooding in 2012

A mound of earth has successfully stopped a popular visitor attraction from flooding.

Following extensive flooding of the car park and play area at Stanwick Lakes in 2012, bosses acted by installing a bund.

This is a raised bank of earth that was placed at the side of the river next to the car park.

There has been no extreme rain since it was installed last March, until recent weeks when heavy downpours have seen the river swell to high levels.

Despite this, the river’s banks have remained intact.

Blogging on the Stanwick Lakes website, a spokesman said: “We have been delighted with the effectiveness of this simple bund and are pleased to say that flood water is now diverted away from the hub area into the two smaller lakes beyond, leaving the car park and adventure playground dry and ready for visitors, with the exception of a few puddles!”