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Farmers in Scotland can apply for a flood bank repair grant

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Farmers across Scotland will be able to apply for a grant to help repair man-made flood banks on their land.

The fund is capped at £20,000 per business, from the £1 million set aside by the Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme. The grant was confirmed by Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead and will be ran in partnership with NFU Scotland.

Nine local authorities are part of the scheme, including Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Farmers who require support to restore man-made floodbanks on their farms can now apply for the Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme. This scheme is made up of £1 million funding and will cover the standard costs of repairs, up to a cap of £20,000 per business, and cover farmers affected by flooding in nine local authorities during December and early January.

“I also recently announced a number of measures to compliment this scheme, including flexibility on greening and cross compliance rules, following a visit to a farm in Perthshire, where it was jaw dropping to see the scale and impact of the flooding.

“SEPA will also take a pragmatic approach while farmers turn their efforts to getting things back to normal.”

– Richard Lochead, Rural Affairs Secretary
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Flooding has taken a terrible toll on farmland across Scotland with the severity and ferocity of the floods taking out many long-established flood defences. This scheme, requested by NFUS, offers welcome support to flood-hit farmers.

"I urge those with damaged flood banks to apply before the deadline closes at the end of February with applications to be approved shortly after. It is important to note that grant approval will be needed prior to any repair works commencing. Farmers should apply to the scheme as soon as possible.”

– Allan Bowie, NFUS President

SEPA understands the hardship and damage caused by the recent floods. I welcome the introduction of this grant scheme, and I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify that SEPA does not need to be contacted for the repair of man-made flood banks. Our officers continue to be on standby to assist farmers where required.”

– Terry A’Hearn, SEPA Chief Executive

Applications for the Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme are available online.