Whilst I’m sat in the warm, next to my fire, I can’t help thinking about the many families who are going to having a disrupted Christmas because of flooding. For some, their travel and Christmas plans will have been completely up-turned, but for many, the story is sadly far worse, with dwellings flooded, lives lost and more people still at risk as it continues to rain.
The Trust also needs to prepare to be more resilient to climate change – the risk of flooding being just one of those. I think that this will have to be higher up the Trust’s priority list than it perhaps has to date – it’s not just our properties and contents that we need to think about, but the damage to our parkland and wider landscapes – many of our farming tenants will be struggling with finding safe places to graze stock and dealing with the adverse effects of waterlogged ground on animal welfare. For arable farmers, the damage to wide swathes of crops is evident on the TV news every night – the costs of winter crops and animal feedstocks are again likely to rise as a result – are we all ready to pay the price? Some ‘food’ for thought over the festive break….
Whatever you and your family are doing over Christmas I hope that you manage to enjoy it and make it memorable.