During the summer floods of 2007 Bodenham in Herefordshire was just one of many villages across the UK affected by flooding. With drainage systems in the village simply unable to cope with continuous heavy rainfall, the flood waters had nowhere to escape, leading to surface water flooding getting into homes and leaving the ground saturated.
As a result of flooding, the local community rallied together in support to mop up and brainstorm solutions to prevent another event of this extent happening again. The self-help group, named Bodenham Flood Protection Group (BFPG), held monthly meetings to monitor the situation and organised local social events to help raise money for flood defences.
It was three years later in 2010, that the Environment Agency announced plans to make £2m available country-wide to fund property level protection to areas with a high risk of flooding. In 2011, Herefordshire City Council were allocated funding to provide flood mitigation measures to help protect 34 properties in the parish.