Our Project Reports

Reimagining the Levels, Making the Connections

Reimagining The Levels

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 …