Farming Flood Recovery Fund

DEFRA’s Farming Recovery Fund is now open for applications for support payments worth up to £20,000 for people who have been affected by flooding. The Farming Recovery Fund will provide assistance with four key areas, including:

  • Restoring productive land
  • Restoring and repairing boundaries
  • Restoring farm vehicle access
  • Repairing agricultural drainage

The guidance and application form are online, the application can either be downloaded or printed in order to complete. You can only apply once so it is vital that you are fully aware of the full extent of damage on your farm before making an application. Evidence will be required where applicable, including photos, maps, and insurance details. The deadline for applications is the 18th March 2016. Further information and to follow links to the documents to download please

Please note, if you are applying to the Farming Recovery Fund you need to speak to Natural England before you submit your application, or you do any work, if any of the land that you are applying about is in a scheme. This includes ELS, HLS or Catchment Sensitive Farming.

Key organisations that may be able to offer assistance, alongside financial support include:

  • Farm Community Network – 03000 111 999
  • RABI - 08082 819 490
  • Addington Fund – 01926 620 135 (particularly regarding transport of livestock or haulage)
  • Forage Aid – 07967 219 991

2015 Flood Damage Survey
The NFU is working with the Farmer Network and other organisations to assess the scale of the impact of storm Desmond and subsequent flooding on farms, so we are better placed to help you and your business recover. We are also working with government and other organisations to provide appropriate support during the recovery. A team of people are contacting farm businesses to complete this survey over the telephone.

The survey is being coordinated on behalf of: The Addington Fund, Cumbria Agricultural Chaplaincy, Farming Community Network (FCN), The Farmer Network, Federation of Cumbria Commoners, Forage Aid, Foundation for Common Land, NFU, Mitchells, RABI and Westmorland Agricultural Society.

For more information you can download NFU's latest Flooding Update newsletter