Farmer granted flood funding after originally being told he was not eligible

Page Bank farm, Spennymoor Credit: Flood pictures - courtesy of Durham Telly

A farmer whose land was flooded three times in a month was told he was not eligible for funding because County Durham had not been affected badly enough.

Brett Forrest contacted the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) who told him that the Farming Recovery Money would only be available to those located in Cumbria, Northumbria, Lancashire or Yorkshire.

He then began a lobbying campaign to get officials at Defra to change their minds and they have since extended the aid to include County Durham. Brett believes that his fight to get compensation will help others in the region.

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