Launch of £2m Fund to Restore Flood-affected Farmlands
The Farming Recovery Fund provides money to help farmers whose agricultural land has been affected by flooding. The money will go towards the costs of restoring their land to productivity as quickly as possible.
Farmers in parts of North Yorkshire and Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, who have suffered uninsurable damage to their property can now apply for grants to cover a number of repair costs. Assistance will be provided to cover non-insurable items such as re-cultivation, reseeding and removing debris from agricultural land and reinstating field boundaries.
The programme has an overall budget of £2 million. Works will be funded up to 100% with a minimum grant level of £500 and a maximum grant level of £25,000.
To qualify for assistance, farmers need to be in the eligible area that was affected by the flooding events on 12 June 2019 in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire or 30 July 2019 in Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale, Yorkshire.
Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said:
“This summer’s unprecedented weather wreaked havoc on farmland in North Yorkshire and Wainfleet. The Government is taking action to help farmers get back on their feet in light of the extensive damage suffered.
“I’m therefore delighted to open the Farming Recovery Fund and would encourage all those affected to check what they are eligible to apply for and to submit an application promptly to ensure they can access the money available to contribute to their restoration work.”
Farmers will have until 31 March 2020 to submit an application.
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