Situated at the confluence of the rivers Severn and Avon, Tewkesbury regularly experiences seasonal localised flooding which rarely interrupts daily life for its residents.
Planning laws restrict development on the flood plains, which has helped the town to maintain the towns natural beauty and appeal to visitors, walkers and nature lovers alike.
The floods are part of a natural cycle which helps to support the local eco system. The Tewkesbury Ham covers 177 acres and is one of the largest local water meadows. It is a site of Special Scientific Interest with strict controls in place to its use. The Ham provides a valuable habitat for many rare species of wildlife as well as an abundance of flora and fauna - it's just a stone’s throw from the town centre and well worth a visit.