As part of the Upper Coln Natural Flood Management Project FWAGSW are working closely with the University of Reading through their LANDWISE Project ( to establish how land use and land management can contribute to reducing flood risk. The Landwise project (led by University of Reading but with the support of a wide range of organisations and individuals, including farmers) extends right across the West Thames area and as part of the wider project it is looking for the help of farmers in the West Thames area (Maidenhead, Reading, Basingstoke, Oxford, Swindon, Banbury, Cirencester) to get a better understanding of how farmers currently use different types of soils and crops so that it can create sensible and realistic scenarios as well as identify which areas require further research.

If you farm in any of the areas listed the LANDWISE team would be really pleased if you could complete a short survey which should take no more than 10 minutes

The findings will be helpful in understanding the challenges that all farmers face when managing their land and the changes that they may have, and may wish to, make in the future. Such information is really important for shaping future policy and decision-making regarding both national and local schemes and programmes. The survey may enable the project to identify practices which are also beneficial agronomically