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January 15
Protecting your Farm from Flooding


Following the devastating effects of the flooding across the north of England and Scotland over the Christmas and New Year period, the Government’s decision to allow farmers to dredge watercourses and ditches running through their land in order to remove debris and reduce flooding, has been welcomed by many.

More controversially, the idea of paying farmers to take floodwater on their land during torrential rainfall in order to protect homes and businesses in the surrounding towns and villages has been given fresh momentum.

Even though the rainfall that led to the most recent flooding has been described as “exceptional”, this doesn’t detract from the fact that flooding events seem to be occurring with alarming regularity in recent years.

Whilst flooding cannot wholly be prevented and defences will need to be improved on a greater level by the authorities, there are still several measures that you can take to protect your farm as much as possible.

  • wood-sea-landscape-natureIdentify fields on higher land which are less likely to flood and where you can safely move your livestock if flooding does occur.
  • Carefully consider any fuels and/or chemicals that could contaminate flood water and plan how and where these could be moved in the event of flooding.
  • Prepare a supply of useful materials which can be used in the event of flooding, such as sandbags to prevent water entering buildings as well as sheds and pallets to raise stock and equipment above the floor water.
  • Identify machinery and tools that can be moved off the farm to prevent damage to or loss of such machinery and tools.
  • Consider longer term strategies such as planting more trees on higher ground to reverse or at least slow down the downward flow of water and lessen the likelihood of flooding.

Flooding is obviously devastating for all those caught up in it, but as with all potential risks, good contingency planning is of utmost importance in mitigating its effects.

On a lighter note, as the weather turns colder this week, bringing with it a whole new set of potential problems, spare a thought for the residents of the village of Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, where it has rained at some point every single day since the middle of October. Over eighty days and counting—although forecasters say it may actually be dry this weekend. It’s believed this is the longest stint of consecutive rainy days anywhere in Britain for over ninety years.

One resident is quoted as saying, “Our sheep are pretty hardy animals, but even they are looking down in the mouth.”

To all our farming clients and all those who may be affected by the turn in weather, we say “stay safe” and wish you the very best.

Elizabeth (Libby) Hinch, Paralegal (01327 350266)