The UK government has today (Tuesday, April 9) opened the Farming Recovery Fund to support farmers affected by flooding.

The fund will support farmers who suffered uninsurable damage to their land due to flooding this winter.

Eligible farmers are being contacted directly by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and will be able to access grants of between £500 and £25,000 to return their land to the condition it was in before “exceptional flooding” due to Storm Henk.

The fund forms part of a broader scheme called the Flood Recovery Framework, which is activated in exceptional circumstances to support councils and communities following severe flooding.

The fund will initially be open in those local authority areas where the Flood Recovery Framework has already been activated to help farms which have experienced the highest levels of flooding.

These areas area:

  • Gloucestershire;
  • Leicestershire;
  • Lincolnshire;
  • Nottinghamshire;
  • Somerset;
  • Warwickshire;
  • West Northamptonshire;
  • Wiltshire;
  • Worcestershire.

Farming minster Mark Spencer said: “I know how difficult this winter has been for farmers, with extreme weather such as Storm Henk having a devastating impact on both cropping and grazing, as well as damaging property and equipment.

“The Farming Recovery Fund will support farmers who suffered uninsurable damage with grants of up to £25,000, and sits alongside broader support in our farming schemes to improve flood resilience.”

Eligibility for the fund will remain under review by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to ensure it is supporting areas where farmland is most impacted, the government said.

The further counties under review are Berkshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk and Derbyshire.