Budget 2016: Flood Defence Funding Must Invest in Using Rural Land to Slow the Flow

16 March 2016

In response to The Chancellor’s Budget speech, the CLA (which represents 33,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses in England and Wales) has said that the boost to funding on flood defence must include investment in using rural land to ‘slow the flow’.

CLA President Ross Murray said: “Flooding, and the risk of flooding, causes misery for thousands of home and business owners. The Chancellor is right to increase investment with a £700m boost to spending on flood defences. The key will be to ensure enough money is invested in planting trees and slowing the flow, this is often far better value for money than hard defences like walls.

“Landowners across the countryside are essential to making this happen and they want to be part of the solution. The right support must be put in place to allow land managers to change how they use their land. The CLA is at the forefront of developing this new approach to flood management.”