NFU gives evidence at Efra flooding inquiry
NFU Environment Forum representative Richard Bramley gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee on Flooding on Tuesday 20 October.
This was the third oral session of the inquiry which was launched in March 2020 after the prolonged flooding of winter 2019/20.
The theme of the session was 'Management of Water in the Natural and Built Environment'.
Mr Bramley, an arable farmer from Yorkshire leads on flooding for the NFU’s Environment Forum. He was severely flooded in February 2020 and his personal narrative landed well with the Efra Committee.
He began the second session of the proceedings by outlining that farmers across the country are ready and willing to help alleviate the flood risk to communities but that this should be in line with the asks in the NFU’s Flooding Manifesto – plan, protect and pay. He reiterated that his farm has been used to store floodwater, providing a public good to the downstream residents. This public good should be recognised and no longer should farmland be considered sacrificial; flooding