The first ECG was staged in Pickering, North Yorkshire. The environmental problem was recurring flooding from the river. The relationship between local people and the Environment Agency was tense.
The controversy about flood risk reduction made Pickering the perfect site for staging an ECG by the research project ‘Understanding Environmental Knowledge Controversies’. The Pickering ECG developed a life of its own in the guise of the Ryedale Flood Research Group (RFRG). The process in which the RFRG emerged and the work it did are described in the report Making Space for People.
The Bund Model enabled the RFRG to try out new measures to protect the town from floods. Working with this computer model the group arrived at the conviction that several small upstream interventions would be the best solution for Pickering.