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Farmers in Nottinghamshire affected by November's flooding can apply for the Farming Recovery Fund

Farmers who suffered uninsurable damage to their property in the November floods can apply for a £2m government fund.

The Government confirmed in November 2019 that it would extend its Farming Recovery Fund so farmers in Nottinghamshire, as well as parts of South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire, could apply for grants between £500 and £25,000 to cover a number of repair costs.

The Fund is now also open to farmers with affected land.

Flooding at East Stoke. (20410024)
Flooding at East Stoke. (20410024)

Affected farmers in these areas are being encouraged to check gov.uk to see if they are eligible to claim.

The Farming Recovery Fund first opened in September 2019 with £2 million available to support farmers affected by flooding in North Yorkshire and Wainfleet in Lincolnshire.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: "I saw first-hand the impacts of this devastating flooding myself when visiting farmers in Lincolnshire in November.

"I am delighted we’ve been able to extend our Farming Recovery Fund to cover farmers in parts of South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and the Midlands who were hit with unprecedented weather last year.

"This scheme, coupled with the other measures we’ve announced, will help farmers get back on their feet."

Rural Payments Agency chief executive Paul Caldwell said: "We recognise there has been severe and unprecedented weather this year, so the RPA is working hard to offer advice and support to affected farmers to complete their Farming Recovery Fund applications.

"The Farming Recovery Fund provides support to farmers following extreme flooding events, contributing to the costs of the clean-up operation and to uninsurable losses.

"While insurance will pay out for the majority of the damage, under the Farming Recovery Fund farmers will be able to apply for money to help cover unexpected costs – such as rebuilding fences and stone walls."

Farmers who have already repaired damage caused by the flooding should keep records of all relevant evidence, including receipts and before and after photos, in order to help their applications process promptly.

Applications for this extension of the Fund will close on July 31.

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