Farmers and rural communities who have been affected by the devastating flash floods have been offered a helping hand from the Government, rural charities and Young Farmers.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) will donate £50,000 of its emergency fund to farmers affected by the flooding in Reeth and Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire, through farming charity The Addington Fund.
The Addington Fund is also working with Forage Aid to provide forage and bedding to those in need, while the PCF is working with the Dry Stone Wall Association to provide trained volunteers to help rebuild dry stone walls in affected areas.
PCF director Claire Saunders said: “The flooding in Yorkshire has been localised but is very severe, with farmers having lost hundreds of sheep, miles of dry-stone walls being destroyed, and machinery washed away.”
The Addington Fund said its first concern was to help with dead stock disposal and ensuring animals had enough uncontaminated feed and forage to get through ‘this difficult period’.
Young Farmers from Newport Pagnell YFC, Buckinghamshire, clubbed together to gather donations from local farmers for a forage run to aid those struggling from the flood effects in Yorkshire.
The group arranged for local haulier, CMG, to take the supplies north this week before it was distributed among farmers in the following days.
The club’s president Karen Singer said she was ‘very proud’ of the youngsters who had arranged it and gathered the donations themselves.
It came as the Government launched its emergency Bellwin Scheme with up to £5.25 million available to those impacted by the extreme weather.
Farms in Wainfleet and North Yorkshire will have access to £2m of the fund and two damaged bridges in Yorkshire will be replaced with the other £3m.
NFU vice-president Stuart Roberts said: “Events like these expose the vulnerability of the farming sector so it is positive that the Government is taking water-related issues seriously to help restore our valued and productive farmland.”