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Weather worries? LRSN is here to help

Following last autumn's unprecedented rainfall, farmers and growers in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire can apply to the Defra Farming Recovery Fund, details were released on 6 January. Grants of between £500 and £25,000 can be applied for until the closing date of 31 July 2020.

For more information, please click on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/the-farming-recovery-fund

Following the flooding in the Wainfleet area in June 2019, the report of the investigation by Norfolk County Council has just been published. Read it here.

With inches of rain falling over the autumn and winter, followed by the February storms, many farmers are still facing waterlogged and flooded fields. Watercourses have burst their banks and flood alleviation schemes implemented, meaning many thousands of acres of Lincolnshire farmland were under water and are still too wet to work. Last year's crops are in some cases still to be harvested, with maize, potatoes, field vegetables and sugar beet badly affected by waterlogged soils.

Keep up to date with local news in the Steeping River Community Newsletter, issue 5 is available to download, here.

As with the flooding in the Wainfleet area in June 2019, LRSN is ready to help farmers and growers who need support and advice during these stressful times. We understand the stresses and strains that bad weather puts on your business, your health and on your family.

We have updated our essential contacts sheet that was first made available in June last year, and are re-publishing the Royal College of Psychiatrists guidance "Coping after a traumatic event" for any farmers or growers and their families who feel they are in need of help in distressing times. And read our "Five Steps" leaflet to find out how LRSN can help you.

LRSN is available to help. Don't suffer in silence - as the saying goes, "it's OK not to be OK".

Ring our helpline - 0800 138 1710. We are open from 8am to 6pm every day of the year. Experienced and knowledgeable people from the farming community are one the end of the phone to help. 

Go to our drop-in centres. Each week we are at Newark Livestock Market and fortnightly (on alternate weeks) at Louth Livestock  Market and Spalding Horticultural Auction. Click here for more information on where and when we are available.

NFU has issued comprehensive practical advice for farmers and growers on what you can do if your land is waterlogged or flooded. Click here to view the NFU's advice pages. And you can find out more about weather warnings and flood risk by clicking on the NFU's flooding toolbox page, here.

Flood Re: https://www.floodre.co.uk/ Flood Re is a joint initiative between the Government and insurers. Its aim is to make the flood cover part of household insurance policies more affordable. If your home is at high risk of flooding, you can apply through your insurer to reduce the costs of insurance. Flood RE applies only to home insurance, and not all insurance companies are members of the scheme. Visit the website to find out how it works and if you could be covered by Flood Re.

LRSN has a service tailored to your needs, so whether you just need short term support to get you through a bad patch, or more sustained help and advice for a bigger problem, we can help you get back on track so that you can focus on the future again.