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Farmers Can Bid For Flood Management Funds Soon

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Natural Flood Management Auction FWAG SouthWest, the Environment Agency, and Catchment Sensitive Farmingare pleased to announce a new auction for Somerset farmers to bid for money to carry out flood prevention work on their land.

Farmers across Somerset are being invited to bid in the UK's first countywide auction for works to help stop flooding.

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Last summer farmers in the River Tone and River Parrett catchments within Somerset, were invited to bid online for public money for works to help stop flooding. This second, larger auction for flood prevention works will start on Tuesday 26th February 2019, which will cover the whole of Somerset. This will run for two weeks, ending on the Tuesday 12th March 2019.

Farmers in Somerset will be able to bid for various measures on the new Environment Agency web app, which can be found at www.nfmauction.org.uk.

Grants are being offered for five different natural flood management measures:

Maize Management
Grassland Subsoiling
Hedge Planting
Soil Bunds
Leaky dams

All help to slow the flow of water, while delivering other benefits. Grassland subsoiling, for example, aerates the ground so that more rainwater can filter in; it also improves the soil.

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