Farmers, particularly those in the South West and South East, are facing unprecedented flooding which has seen thousands of acres of land underwater. Parts of Somerset have been submerged for weeks.
Here's how you can help and what we're doing.
Make a donation
- The Farm Community Network’s volunteers provide practical and emotional support to farmers and farming families affected by severe flooding and, in the longer term, will also be able to help stand alongside people needing business support. Donate here.
- The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution can support farming families in Somerset and elsewhere in England and Wales by giving grants from its Emergency Fund to meet the domestic costs of badly affected farmers with no savings to fall back on. Donate here.
- The Addington Fund can support farming businesses by making a contribution towards haulage costs so there is no hold up in getting vital supplies through. Donate here.
- Donations can also be made to the Royal Bath and West Show Society and the Somerset Levels Relief Fund, which are raising money towards water management and for individual, bespoke support respectively.
With the NFU? Remember:
If you are an NFU member and you are affected by the floods our team of advisers are here to help. Contact the NFU CallFirst team on 0870 845 8458.
We've also pulled together online guidance about various aspects of farming and severe weather.
And there's our flooding Q&A, which looks at how we've got to this point and what the NFU would like to see done.
You can support our farmers at the tills by looking out for British produce during the coming weeks and months.
Now is a great time to show those affected by the flooding that you are thinking of them and that you Back British Farming. We have had a huge response on the NFUOnline Facebook page. You can help by sharing this post. Farming Delivers are also keeping the non-farming public up to date. Check their Facebook page and share their posts here.
What we are doing
- We’re working hard to help our flooded SW farmers by matching local offers of shed space and fodder to those who need it.
- We’re seeing a high demand for emergency shed space for cattle in the Somerset Levels. We’re working hard to help all those affected.
- Looking after animals is paramount. We’re working closely with @AHVLA and other experts and agencies on emergency livestock measures in flooded areas.
- Our team of NFU staff in the South East are carefully monitoring the situation and the impact of flooding on farming in the region. Where necessary advice and support is being offered. If and when assistance is needed from the wider farming community and the general public, details will be posted on this page.