Ongoing support for flood-hit farmers and landowners

Natural England

December 17
15:40 2015

Natural England advisors are visiting farmers and landowners who requested help to deal with the problems caused by the flooding across the north west.

Staff are also providing guidance via the national helpline 0300 060 6000 following the temporary easing of restrictions that normally apply to:

  • Environmental Stewardship agreements
  • protected sites

Simon Humphries, Natural Englands Area Manager for Cumbria, said:

We know that it will not be possible for some people to meet all the requirements of their agri-environment schemes following the aftermath of the storms, particularly because of damage to field boundaries and infrastructure.

We are here to help, so if anyone has concerns about complying with their scheme because of the flooding then we would urge them to contact their local adviser, or our national helpline on 0300 060 6000 as soon as possible, and we will be happy to talk through any questions or concerns they have.

The temporary lifting of restrictions means farmers or landowners dont need Natural Englands prior permission to carry out emergency works on SSSI land which has been affected by the floods.

Emergency works include:

  • situations where theres an immediate risk to animal welfare, safety of people
  • prevention of further damage to buildings or infrastructure

If people have already carried out emergency works, or are planning other works on SSSI land, they should tell Natural England by:

Simon Humphries added:

Our priority is always public safety and we urge people to keep up to date with the latest situation on GOV.UK/flooding or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

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