In the summer of 2018 we invited farmers in the River Tone and River Parrett catchments within Somerset to bid online for public money for works to help stop flooding. To find out more information about the first auction, please click here.

Earlier this year we held a larger second auction for flood prevention works, which covered the whole of Somerset and took place between Tuesday 26th February and Tuesday 12th March 2019.

Farmers in Somerset were able to bid for various measures on the Environment Agency web app (

Grants were offered for five different natural flood management measures:

  • Maize Management
  • Grassland Subsoiling
  • Hedge Planting
  • Soil Bunds
  • Leaky dams

All these measures help to slow the flow of water, while delivering other benefits. Grassland subsoiling, for example, aerates the ground so that more rainwater can filter in; it also improves the soil.

More information will follow on the results of the second auction. If you have any questions about either auction please get in touch with Victoria Munday on 01823 660684 or [email protected].

The flier above for the second auction.



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