The Case Studies presented below feature farm businesses managing land in the floodplain.The farmers consider how management of the floodplain impacts soils, biodiversity, flooding and how management of floodplains can help mitigate climate change.

The Case Studies also highlight the holistic land-based knowledge and understanding that is held by the farmers that work on Gloucestershires floodplains a level of understanding of this environment only obtained through years of tending to the land. This knowledge has been used to predict and mitigate flooding, facilitate breeding grounds for curlew and lapwing, and reintroduce meadow and grazing management to the floodplain which maximises grazing while significantly reducing the need to buy in forage.

"I leave a strip down the middle of every field ... I kind of feel that if you're cutting a whole field of hay, you're just making a desert. So I leave a sanctuary."

Hear from farmers making the transition to regenerative farming and nature-based floodplain management. We spoke to farmers to find out their motivations, challenges, and enablers to making changes to how they manage land in the floodplain.

These case studies aim to give you examples of how farming businesses approach managing land in the floodplain, and how it could work for you. If you’re interested in learning more about the Flourishing Floodplains project achieved, visit our website.

You may also be interested in our Farmer Group in the Severn Vale - Severn Vale Guardians

We have partnered with WWT and Floodplain Meadows Partnership for the Flourishing Floodplains project, if you're interested in what they're up to, click here (WWT), or click here (FMP).

To discover more about each Case Study, click the flipbook, then click and drag the top left-hand corner of the page over to read more - use the "+" icon in the corner to get a closer look. Don't forget to check out the QR codes at the end that link to each video found in our Youtube Playlist

Many thanks to the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) for conducting the case studies.

Andy and Richard Rumming, Waterhay Farm

Debbie Wilkins, Norton Court Farm

Greg Chamberlayne, Persh Farm

Rob Davies, Barrow Farm