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Prince's Countryside Fund help launch Cumbria flood relief

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A new initiative has been set up with funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund, to help farms damaged by the floods in Cumbria.

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PCF has donated £7,469 to fund the new Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group
PCF has donated £7,469 to fund the new Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has announced £7,469 funding to a new initiative to assess the damage caused by the flooding in Cumbria.

 

The Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group will assess the nature and scale of damage to farms and on farm diversified businesses.

 

Claire Saunders, director of the Prince’s Countryside Fund said: "This is one practical way we can help businesses get back on their feet following the terrible flooding.

 

"It is good news that George Eustice MP confirmed today that 600 flood affected farmers will see their BPS payment prioritised where they have not already been paid but the recovery will be lengthy for many and getting the right practical, emotional and financial advice must be a priority.”

 

A collaboration of The Farming Community Network (FCN), The Farmer Network, RABI, Cumbria Commoners, NFU, Forage Aid and other industry bodies, the Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group aims to collect data from all the farm businesses affected to assess the scale and nature of the flooding on farms and also make available help to farmers.

 

Adam Day, managing director of The Farmer Network said: "Cumbria has suffered floods before, but this year the scale of devastation on farm is beyond that seen before both due to the level of damage and its spread across the whole county.

 

"We are here to help the individuals and businesses affected and want to reach out to everyone as quickly as possible.

 

"Data collection may be perceived as a cold and impersonal activity in situations of tragedy but it is essential to inform the work to rebuild our farming businesses and our rural communities.”

 

  • Farmers in Cumbria are being encouraged to call The Farmer Network on telephone 01768 868615 who are taking responsibility for co-ordinating the Group but all farmers will be contacted by the team of staff and volunteers in the coming weeks. The same survey is also available online, hosted by the NFU which can be accessed here.

 

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