Reimagining The Levels

Think global. Act local.

Our Project Reports

Reimagining the Levels, Making the Connections

We are a group of people who all live on the Somerset Levels and care passionately about its future.  The devastating effects of the floods in 2013/14 to individuals, communities, the economy and the environment demonstrated the pressing need for a more joined-up approach that looks at the causes and solutions to flooding across the entire catchment.  The world’s changing climate poses a critical challenge to the people and landscape of the Somerset Levels.  Brexit too will have dramatic and far reaching implications but we believe that these changes could provide the ideal opportunity for a new vision for rural land use and its economy in terms of food production, farming support, environmental protection and rural development.  We have published a comprehensive report (see opposite) which details our vision.

Meet our group members …

 

Climate Change

The large-scale, long-term shift in the planet’s weather patterns, or average temperatures that the world’s scientists …

Flooding

Severe 1-in-100 years events are likely to become twice as frequent by the 2050s. Sights like this will be commonplace …

Food

With low population density, the Somerset Levels and Catchment is theoretically self-sufficient in many types of food and drink …

Soil and farming

Significant areas of peat soils act as a store of organic carbon while farmland soils absorb rainfall and reduce the risk of flooding …

Nature and Wildlife

The Somerset Levels and Catchment as a whole boasts one of the largest and biologically richest areas found anywhere in the UK.

Trees & Woodland

Woodland cover over the Somerset Levels and Catchment is low – at 6% compared to 10% for England and many of the smaller woodlands …

Our Project area

Where we have planted trees

Zoom out to see all locations and click the red pins for site summary.
More to come; grab your shovels, saplings, whips and wellies, this is just the beginning …

Framboise Orchard

370 trees on land adjacent to the Plotgate scheme in Barton St David. 100 trees (in 11 varieties) provided by RTL and 270 trees in 11 native varieties provided by eforests, along with stakes and guards. TA11 6AT

Baltonsborough Community Orchard

Orchard of 23 apple and pear trees in variety. 30 children involved in school planting of named varieties mirroring their classroom names. BA6 8PX

Plotgate and Framboise Orchard

Plotgate. (a) Mixed linear woodland of 300 whips and (b) a shelterbelt planting of 120 whips.0ver 30 volunteers involved in two separate days of planting. TA11 6AT 

Framboise Orchard. 370 trees on land adjacent to the Plotgate scheme in Barton St David. 100 trees (in 11 varieties) provided by RTL and 270 trees in 11 native varieties provided by eforests, along with stakes and guards. TA11 6AT 

Wedmore

Avenue of 34 Tilia Cordata on a mix of publicly owned land (playing fields) and privately owned land. BS28 4BS

Somerset Wood

A woodland has been planned in the village of Monckton Heathfield just outside Taunton to commemorate those men from Somerset who died in the First World War. Over the next few years 11,000 trees will be planted. Reimagining the Levels is offering volunteer labour to help with this and has contributed to one planting session so far, at the end of January 2019. TA2 8QJ 

Baybrook Farm Godney

A mixed woodland of 70 trees in land by the river Sheppey. 14 standard sized trees and 56 whips in mixed native varieties. BA5 1RZ