Natural England - Somerset Levels flooding: Support for farmers and land managers

Somerset Levels flooding: Support for farmers and land managers

13 June 2012

The recent spring flooding has been devastating for the farm businesses and systems on which so much of the special nature of the Somerset Levels relies.

The Environment Agency and Natural England are giving the highest priority to supporting local farmers during this difficult time.

On Thursday 14 June we and the Environment Agency will be meeting key partners including the National Farmers Union, Country Land and Business Association and Somerset Drainage Board Consortium to find ways of tackling the issues together.

Natural England has already written to every affected farmer updating them on the situation with removal of flood waters.  Our focus now is on making sure that any farmer or land manager affected by the flooding can contact us for advice and support on how we can work with them to help their business recover.

Natural England will be commencing joint farm visits with the Environment Agency, once farmers are in a position to talk to us. In the meantime, any affected farmer can contact the Environment Agency’s Agricultural Lead for the South West region, Phil Shere, at phil.shere@environment-agency.gov.uk or Natural England’s Lead Adviser for Curry Moor, Claire Stride, on 07831617656, or 0300 060 0334 or by email claire.stride@naturalengland.org.uk .

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