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.

The latest third auction took place between 18th-30th March 2020. This third auction included new measures which weren't included in the earlier auctions. The full list of these seven measures were:

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

The auction was live on the NatureBid website between the auction dates. Farmers were able to login and place bids for the measures that they wanted to implement.

If you have any questions about these previous auctions, or possible plans for the future, contact auction coordinator Victoria Munday on [email protected] / 01823 660684.

Natural Flood Management Auction flier March 2020



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