The Somerset Levels

I went out yesterday to take some photographs of the recovery from the terrible flooding.  I was amazed to see how green everywhere looks, I was told that grass can survive as long as it has light and so where the covering water was reasonably  clean, the  tougher grass plants have survived, hence the greenness.  However, closer inspection of the fields revealed that all is not as well as it looks.  The ground is still saturated and so turning out cattle on to it at the moment will do untold damage.  There is great pressure to turn out, as fodder stocks – depleted by flood damage- are running out or have run out.  Grass growth is nowhere near where it should be and the grassland is littered with debris from the flooding.  There is enormous concern about the quantities of silage and hay that this badly damaged land can produce this year.  It seems that those fields under Natural England management are so restricted that they are unlikely to  recover at all this year, surely a situation as serious as this, calls for a change of strategy to keep the farmers in business.  Aid money , it seems is so tied up in red tape that it has become almost impossible to access.  Farmers bear the expense for regenerating their grasslands and repairing miles of fences, ditches, tracks and gateways.   A lot of distress out there.