Glenkens farm devastated after flooding

farm visit
farm visit

The devastating flooding damage done to farms in Galloway was highlighted this week when the NFUS President Allan Bowie and Glenkens councillor Finlay Carson visited Newfield Farm, near Dalry, on Tuesday, just as the River Ken began to rise to dangerous levels again.

Mr Bowie and Mr Carson along with NFU Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Regional Manager Teresa Dougall met with Mr Edgar, who farms at Newfield, to view the extensive physical damage caused by the recent flooding.

Teresa Dougall said afterwards: “The visit went very well and, as well as Allan Bowie and Finlay Carson, we had neighbours and workers from the farm with us.

“The farmer has lost a significant amount of fencing, hedging and dyking to the point where stock has to be kept indoors.

“A £1 million flood fund is being set up by the Scottish Government for farmers. We welcome that news and we hope it will be finalised soon. Farmers need any help given to them.

“During the visit we were taken out on a tractor and livestock trailer as that’s the only way to get round the farm. We saw the debris and craters in the fields and the damage to the riverbank and also to one of the core paths. We were just back at the farmhouse when it started flooded again. The speed at which the water rose was frightening as when we got indoors it had already covered several fields.

“We now look forward to working with the council and stakeholders to discuss this further.”