Young Warwickshire farmers are working together to help those affected by floods in Somerset.
After hearing of the crisis affecting the area’s agricultrual workers, Wormleighton Young Farmers Club decided to donate two loads of forage to help.
One of the loads went down on Saturday and the other is awaiting the go-ahead from Sedgemoor market in Somerset, which is co-ordinating deliveries to the area.
Club member Georgina Haigh said: “After hearing of the crisis, the whole club wanted to help and one artic load was quickly organised with donations coming from members, advisory members and neighbours – it was definitely a team effort!
“However, haulage put a delay to the load being delivered and the offers of forage kept on coming. The first load overflowed to a second and Chris Gardner, who farms near Ashorne, kindly stepped in with his tractor and trailer as transport.”
She added Mr Gardner – who had fuel donated by Red Horse Fuels – took the load down on Saturday straight to a farmer in desperate need of straw and hay. The club is now waiting for a haulier to take the second load down. Although Tesco has offered it will not be able to do it until the end of the month.
Sedgemoor market is also full to capacity with forage and is advising donators when there is space.
The club also hopes to encourage members to help with a mass clear up once water levels have dropped.
Miss Haigh, 19, said: “It would be great to see as many young farmers as possible helping clear up once the water levels have dropped. It is vital we do not forget about this disaster as soon as it stops appearing on our news.
“As the old saying goes: ‘Many hands make light work.’
“We have seen the industry pull together and make a difference; it would be great for the young farmers to show some more community spirit by helping with the clear up.”
l Supporters of the Warwickshire Hunt also did their bit to help farmers affected by floods as they took part in an impromptu sponsored horse ride on Saturday, which raised more than £1,500 for Forage Aid. On Monday, the Warwickshire Hunt Supporters Club held a coffee morning at Tubbs End which raised a further £330.