Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the aftermath of Storm Desmond. We are very pleased to be part of the Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group trying to help the industry rebuild from this disaster.
Westmorland County Agricultural Society became part of the new Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group on Monday (CFFAG). The group also includes: - The Addington Fund, Cumbria Agricultural Chaplaincy, Farming Community Network (FCN), The Farmer Network, Federation of Cumbria Commoners, Forage Aid, Foundation for Common Land, National Farmers Union (NFU), Mitchells and RABI.
A key priority of the group is to gather a comprehensive over view of the full extent and level of flood damage to Cumbrian farms caused by Storm Desmond. The group has tasked the Farmer Network to work hand in hand with The NFU to gather as much information as possible by speaking personally to affected farmers. A short survey has been created. If contacted by The Farmer Network or Westmorland County Agricultural Society, any farmers with flood damage of any sort are asked to complete the survey which will be done over the phone. The same survey is also available to complete on line via The NFU website.
This information will be used to ensure that all farmers are supported from a business and welfare point of you. It will also ensure that Government Agencies and other Authorities are fully aware of the scale of support required both immediately and in the coming months.
Along with the Farmer Network team, the Westmorland County Agricultural Society has begun to call affected farmers based on postcodes.
If you wish to complete the survey yourself this is available at
Any farmers requiring other help and advice can also ring the following numbers: -
Farm Community Network (03000) 111999, RABI 0808 281 94900808 281 9490 FREE, Forage Aid 07967 219991, Addington Fund 01926 620135, NFU 01768 862772
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families having to deal with the consequences of the serious rainfall and flooding in Northern England. For some it is the second time you have had to deal with such problems in a short space of time. It is bad enough that it has happened at all, but awful to think you may not be in your own home for Christmas.
You may have heard of the Addington Fund from 2001 when we helped over 3000 applicants with grants of over £1.4m towards problems related to foot and mouth disease. These days, our core work is providing housing for tenant farmers who have to relinquish their tenancy through no fault of their own.
In times of emergency, and when hardship prevails, we still offer grants to help farming families with associated costs created by the emergency situation, and this would include the effects of storm Desmond.
Addington’s focus will be to support farming families whose businesses have been affected by the floods. At the moment we feel that farmers are concentrating on the immediate needs of livestock, either moving sheep onto fresh ground or dealing with flooded cattle sheds. Experience tells us that it will be days, if not weeks, before individual farmers are able to assess the full impact of the floods, and it could be next spring when help is needed. Once the floods have subsided we welcome discussions with farmers who have been affected by this devastating weather to see how Addington can best help.
For some it will have a devastating effect; speaking to farmers in Cumbria we are aware of one farm where 300 sheep have been drowned. It reminds us of comments from a farmer’s wife in Wales during the late spring snows in 2013 when they lost hundreds of ewes and lambs. ‘We have not only lost our income we have also lost our assets’.
More details about our work are on our website www.addingtonfund.org.uk or if you would like to contact us to see if we can help with your particular situation please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by ‘phone 01926 62013501926 620135 (option 2)
Management of Commons in Cumbria following Storm Desmond
Natural England recognises that there will be situations where lower lying ground will not be available for grazing or for holding livestock due to the floods. As such Natural England will waive normal restrictions on winter stock numbers on intake, fell and common land in the following circumstances:
· Where farm boundaries are down such that stock have access to public highways or neighbouring land and this damage is of an extent that is not easily repairable.
· Where flood debris covers a significant proportion of available lower lying grazing land on a farm holding such that there are animal welfare issues.
· Where changes in river channels and other flood driven losses of land have resulted in a significant reduction in the area of lower lying grazing land such that there are animal welfare issues.
· Where stock housing is no longer available and stock have to be moved outside resulting in animal welfare issues due to overstocking on any available low lying land
Natural England also recognises that normal supplementary feeding sites may not be available. Where this is the case, preference should be given to feeding on land that is not SSSI and/or is not under HLS options. Where this is not possible:
· SSSI land in particular should be used as a last resort
· Site selection should avoid areas of heather where possible
· Where there is no practical alternative to using SSSI land, the use of ring feeders and silage feeding trailers should be avoided.
This general relaxation will be reviewed by the end of January and in intervening period we will review this waiver on a case by case basis as staff resources allow.
Please inform Natural England, within 10 days of being able to so, where any of the above apply. You should include your ES agreement number or the name of the SSSI and you can contact us by:
· Telephone: 0300 060 3900,
· Writing to: Natural England ,Block B, Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester ,WR5 2LQ
· Emailing: email@example.com
Executive Director, Foundation for Common Land
Keeping Commons Alive by Active Grazing
Registered Address: c/o Wallacefield, Armathwaite, Carlisle CA4 9SR Registered in England & Wales, Company No. 8113120 Registered Charity No. 1150439
What a phenomenal day! Westmorland County Show 2015 celebrated another record breaking year as 35,551 people converged for Cumbria’s biggest event in the agricultural calendar. Again enjoying excellent weather, the fields were bursting with trade stands, the marquees packed and smiling faces could be seen throughout the Showground.
All in all, 2015 was a truly outstanding County Show, only made possible thanks to the visitors, exhibitors, volunteer stewards and judges who supported the 216th Westmorland County Show – a huge thank you to you all.
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