Flooding – shaping Defra’s recovery fund

Environment and climate
Flooded land in the Norfolk Broads

Have you suffered flood damage to your farm following Storm Henk? Following the announcement of Defra’s Farming Recovery Fund we surveyed our members to understand what support they needed following flood damage.

The support has been made available for those affected by Storm Henk through the Flood Recovery Framework, which is used in exceptional circumstances to support councils and communities, including farmers, following severe flooding.

The NFU fed into discussions with Defra and the RPA about the funding after going out to its membership to gather feedback on the impact of Storm Henk.

Thank you to those who took part in the survey.

9 April 2024

Farming Recovery Fund opens

The government has opened the Farming Recovery Fund to support farmers who suffered uninsurable damage to their land due to flooding this winter.

The RPA (Rural Payments Agency) is administering the fund on behalf of Defra, with landowners or tenant farmers who occupied eligible land parcels at the time of Storm Henk able to claim £130 per hectare for recultivation work.

The eligible counties and rivers announced at this time are listed below:

  • Gloucestershire – River Severn, River Thames and River Avon
  • Leicestershire – Rothley Brook, River Wreake and River Soar
  • Lincolnshire – River Witham, River Brant, River Welland, River Ancholme
  • Nottinghamshire – River Trent, River Devon and River Soar
  • Somerset – River Brue, River Exe, River Parrott and River Tone
  • Warwickshire – River Avon and River Leam
  • West Northants – River Nene and River Gt Ouse
  • Wiltshire – River Avon (Hants), River Avon (Bristol), River Kennet, River Thames, River Bourne and River Wylye
  • Worcestershire – River Severn, River Teme and River Avon

In welcoming the news, the NFU has been particularly pleased that eligibility for the fund will be kept open by Defra for other areas affected, something the NFU has pressed for following feedback from its membership.

Counties under review at this stage are Berkshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Derbyshire.

Find out more at: Farming Recovery Fund to help farmers affected by flooding.

16 January 2024

Help shape Defra's recovery fund

To be able to provide member feedback on the impacts of flooding, we opened a short survey for members to gather their experiences, the impact of Storm Henk and what could help them with their recovery.

The member feedback was anonymised and passed to the RPA / Defra. The summary was also sent to Minister Robbie Moore.

6 January 2024

Defra announces financial support for flooding

Farmers who have suffered uninsurable damage to their land will be able to apply for grants of up to £25,000 through the Farming Recovery Fund towards repair and reinstatement costs for farmers adversely affected by exceptional flooding.

As was the case with Storm Babet, farmers should also be eligible for up to £2,500 from the Business Recovery Grant to help them return quickly to business as usual and up to £5,000 from the Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme to help make their homes and businesses more resilient to future flooding.

Additional measures announced include:

  • Flooded households will also be able to apply for up to £500 cash to help with immediate costs.
  • Households and businesses significantly affected will be eligible for 100% council tax and business rates relief for at least 3 months.

The Farming Recovery Fund is triggered following exceptional weather events and was last made available in 2019/20.

Find out more at: GOV.UK | Government payments for communities affected by flooding.

This page was first published on 16 January 2024. It was updated on 09 April 2024.

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  • 9 April 2024: Defra announces that the Farming Recovery Fund is open, with a list of eligible councils and another list still under review.
  • 16 January 2024: NFU surveys its membership to find out what they need to see from the Farming Recovery Fund.
  • 6 January 2024: Defra announces financial support for eligible areas in England that have experienced exceptional localised flooding.