The Farming Recovery Fund is Now Open for Applications

The Farming Recovery Fund is now open for applications from farmers affected by the recent floods in Northumberland, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The fund will provide money to help farmers whose agricultural land has been affected by flooding and is for activities which will restore the agricultural land to the state it was in before the flooding.

The grants available range from £500 to £20,000 and items available include: fence restoration; stonewall restoration; restoration of grassland and arable land; restoration of tracks & replacement gates.

Flooded Fields

Funding is only available for land in Cumbria, Northumberland, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Landowners are eligible to apply for funding if they meet the criteria above and the restoration of the land is their responsibility (i.e. not the responsibility of the tenant).

Applications need to be submitted to DEFRA by the 18th March 2016. It is unlikely that retrospective payment will be made for work carried out already (although each case will be considered on its own merits e.g. fencing for livestock safety), so consider when you will carry out any remedial work carefully if you are going to make an application.

In all cases make sure that you take plenty of photographs of the damage caused and keep a record of the locations, lengths and details of damage caused as these will be required to support the application.

If you would like any further information or help to fill out your applications, please contact Carol Johnson at Hexham & Northern Rural 01434 607 028 or 07753 963111.

Hexham & northern Rural

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