Muddyboots

Follow the fortunes of Muddyboots & Family on their East Yorkshire farm which has changed from dairy farm to luxury ice cream manufacture

Monday, 26 January 2009

January



January is about over, finished, done and lets see what February is going to offer. Certainly this winter has been a really wet one. Fields have remained waterlogged, in some cases since before harvest. The neighbouring fields have sprouted a new collection of lakes and springs. The drains are working over time, but the soil is just so waterlogged. Walking through the fields or along the footpath is a squelchy affair, the dogs are permanently muddy up to their arm pits with the only creatures seeming to appreciate these new wetlands are the wild fowl and waders!

I suppose this is how it's going to be, the Environment Agency in their undoubted wisdom have decided that in order to save Hull from further flooding, that they are going to turn off the pumps from Leven to Beeford, along the course of the river Hull, allowing the adjacent farm land to flood, the whole landscape from Leven Carrs to Barmston Drain will become marsh land; farms and houses in the lowest areas being allowed to flood. I needn't say that there is a major surge of people power. The troops are being rallied. Meetings being held in village halls, letters written to the press, TV crews covering the news, plus support from the east Riding Council and local MP. Will the Agency change its mind? They say not...........

Brandesburton and North Frodingham Flood Action Group



8 comments:

Mrs ElderBerry said...

what awful news concerning the flooding, is there no alternative that your friends could put forward?

Pondside said...

That doesn't seem fair at all. Is it a matter of rural politicos not having the clout of their urban counterparts?

Un Peu Loufoque said...

Returnign to s it was perhaps? Wasnt the flat land there once marsh many ions ago? Fields here sport smalll lakes in odd places too!Pity it isnt warmer you might think of going over to rice produciton!

ChrisH said...

I'm totally fed up with looking at the rain... but it's a bit different to being deliberately flooded.

Arcadian Advocate said...

Well what can I say except that the rest of us should never grumble about the wet again.
Very sorry to hear about your area.

Can nothing be done?

lampworkbeader said...

Is there an alternative proposal?

farmingfriends said...

My sister lives in Leven and was flooded and we live on a farm near Pocklington and was flooded. This is terrible. Is there a petition to sign?
Sara from farmingfriends

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Do dogs have armpits? I thought they had legpits?

Our forefathers were so skilful in taming and controlling water with their banks and drains etc.. West of Leven there were marshy carrs long ago - to think that the Environment Agency can find no other solution is tragic in this day and age. I suspect it is all to do with two things - money and the Agency's impoverished thinking though in another sense -the idea of establishing a new wetland in East Yorkshire is not entirely unattractive.

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