Defra has announced grants of up to £25,000 through the Farming Recovery Farm to assist with flood recovery.
The support is in response to the damage caused by Storm Henk, which brought over 30 mm of rain to some areas. Growers can claim via the Flood Recovery Framework, there to support councils and communities following severe flooding. Those affected by flooding and who suffered uninsurable damage to their land will be able to apply for the funding to go towards repair and reinstatement costs.
As was the case with Storm Babet, farmers should also be eligible for up to £2,500 from the Business Recovery Grant to help them return quickly to business as usual and up to £5,000 from the Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme to help make their homes and businesses more resilient to future flooding.
Since storm Babet the NFU has been increasing the pressure on Defra to deliver solutions to mitigate the impact of flooding and deputy president Tom Bradshaw welcomed the news on the funding. “Thousands of acres of productive farmland are still under water and many crops are not going to survive the winter with the huge financial stress and misery that brings.
“Many areas of the country are continuing to experience devastating floods and our thoughts are with those communities affected.
“Thousands of acres of productive farmland are still under water and many crops are not going to survive the winter with the huge financial stress and misery that brings. “We are continuing to monitor the situation and supporting our members via our network of contacts in the Environment Agency and local authorities.”