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 pilot auction, 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 and Leaky dams.

We are pleased to announce that a third auction will be taking place between Wednesday 18th to Monday 30th March 2020. This third auction will include new measures which weren't included in the earlier auctions. The full list of these seven measures is:

  • Grassland subsoiling
  • Grassland slitting
  • Maize management
  • Hedge planting
  • Hedge planting on banks
  • Leaky dams
  • Buffers on high risk crops

To bid in this auction, visit the auction website on between the auction dates. You will be able to login and place bids for the measures you would like to implement.

If you have any questions please contact auction coordinator Victoria Munday on [email protected] / 01823 660684.

Natural Flood Management Auction flier 2020



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