Severe flooding on a lowland farm

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2017 Case study 4
Severe flooding on a lowland farm

Postgraduate student, Rachel Glover, has been investigating the impact, including the cost, of severe annual river flooding on a mixed lowland farm in Shropshire, and the farmer’s management response, including extensive tree planting.

The response to flooding in Europe and the UK is to examine and manage river catchments including natural processes to slow the water flow. This can include tree planting on flood plains but, until now, little research has investigated the economic and day to day operational effects of flooding on UK farms, and the possible benefits or constraints of tree planting.