Our reaction to Government’s response to committee report on future flood prevention

Today the Government published their response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report on future flood prevention.  We gave written evidence to the committee’s inquiry last year, welcoming the committee’s report published in November.  In this blog, our Rural Enterprises Director, Patrick Begg, gives our reaction to the Government’s response.

Bassenthwaite Lake during flooding of Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria ©National Trust Images/John Malley

Bassenthwaite Lake during flooding of Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria ©National Trust Images/John Malley

“Farming that helps reduce the risk of flooding for communities should be central to the government’s 25 year plan for the natural environment and any system of financial support for farmers post-Brexit.

“Natural flood management has proved its cost-effectiveness. With more frequent floods, we can’t afford to simply build bigger hard defences and pour more concrete.
“But if we want to scale these projects up and set them on a sustainable footing, we’ll need to create new ways for farmers to earn money from farming that cuts flooding, boosts wildlife and improves soils. As a landowner, we can and are playing our part in testing new approaches. But Defra’s 25 year plan for the environment coupled with a UK replacement for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy could deliver the scale of change needed.
“We hope that the Government will soon set out their proposals for both of these so that things can start to change on the ground.”
Find out more about our response to the Committee’s inquiry in November’s blog by our water expert, Dr Stewart Clarke.  You can also find out more about natural flood management at our places in a blog about our Holnicote Estate.
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