Your first point of contact is a Rivers Trust local Catchment Advisor who is available to support you with all aspects of the Fund, from application to implementation and maintenance of measures. The NFM Fund helpline can support if more specialist advice services are required.

Mike Duddy is a Natural Flood Management (NFM) specialist with extensive knowledge of the Irwell and Etherow rivers and their catchments. He has delivered a range of Natural Flood Management (NFM) schemes across many river catchments within Greater Manchester. Mike will be supported by the wider Mersey Rivers Trust team to provide a comprehensive advice service. The Mersey Rivers Trust is the local rivers trust covering all the rivers that form the Mersey Basin, including the Etherow and Irwell. Email address; Phone Number 07985 733969; [07821 117396 alternative contact, John Sanders].

We have also set up a dedicated helpline for bidders if you require more specialist advice services on design and engineering, which the Trusts are unable to support you on. The helpline can be reached by phone 01332225901 or email on

Jenny is a farm environment specialist with over 10 years' experience of working in agri-environment scheme advice, management and assessment roles, working for organisations such as Natural England, the RSPB and Barnsley Council. Jenny has a farming background and lives within the lower Don Valley in Fishlake, near Doncaster. Jenny has been appointed by the Don Catchment Rivers to support landowners participating in the Little Don Natural Flood Management scheme with the application, implementation and monitoring processes. More broadly, she works to support landowners within the Don catchment to reduce water pollution from agriculture. Jenny will be supported by the wider Don Catchment Rivers Trust team to provide a comprehensive advice and support service. Jenny can be contacted via her email:, or phone number: 07512 353861. Alternative contact at the Don Catchment Rivers Trust: Ed Shaw (; 07990 027703).