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Apply now: Fully funded Natural Flood Management course

The NFFN and the Flood Innovation Centre are offering a new interactive programme designed to help farmers understand, identify and implement Natural Flood Management (NFM) interventions.

Starting Wednesday 26 January 2022 and running for 5 weeks, this specialist course is fully funded and delivered online, see eligibility criteria below.

Natural Flood Management (NFM) makes use of natural environmental processes to store excess water, slow the flow of water and improve soil and water quality. Recognition is growing that a holistic approach to flood risk management is necessary, with investment in ‘natural’ flood management schemes, rather than solely relying on traditional ‘hard’ flood defences.

Natural flood management schemes can be at the scale of individual properties (e.g. farms) or at the scale of entire river systems. At each level, there is a need to design, plan, implement and maintain schemes. Our workshops include sessions with representatives of DEFRA, industry specialists and academics working at the forefront of NFM research.

Watch this video from the Flood Innovation Centre to learn more about what the course entails and how you can benefit from implementing Natural Flood Management.


  • Are you an SME? If you have less than 250 employees and an annual turnover with less than 50million EUR or Balance Asset with less than 43 million EUR – then yes.
  • Do you have a Companies House registration and VAT number?
  • Do you have up to date Financials/Forecasts? Opening Balance sheet and financial projection certified by an accountant if you are a new start up.
  • Do you trade or operate in one of the areas below?
    • Allerdale
    • East Staffordshire
    • North Kesteven
    • South Staffordshire
    • Barnsley
    • Eden
    • North Lincolnshire
    • St. Helens
    • Barrow-in-Furness
    • Exeter
    • Pendle
    • Stafford
    • Blackburn with Darwen
    • Fylde
    • Plymouth
    • Staffordshire Moorlands
    • Blackpool
    • Hartlepool
    • Preston
    • Stockton-on-Tees
    • Boston
    • Hyndburn
    • Redcar and Cleveland
    • Stoke-on-trent
    • Burnley
    • Kingston upon Hull, city of
    • Ribble Valley
    • Tamworth
    • Cannock Chase
    • Knowsley
    • Rossendale
    • Teignbridge
    • Carlisle
    • Lancaster
    • Rotherham
    • Telford and Wrekin
    • Chorley
    • Lichfield
    • Sefton
    • Torbay
    • Copeland
    • Lincoln
    • Sheffield
    • Torridge
    • County Durham
    • Liverpool
    • Shropshire
    • West Devon
    • Darlington
    • Mid Devon
    • South Hams
    • West Lancashire
    • Doncaster
    • Middlesbrough
    • South Holland
    • West Lindsey
    • East Devon
    • Newcastle-under-Lyme
    • South Kesteven
    • Wirral
    • East Lindsey
    • North Devon
    • South Lakeland
    • Wyre
    • East Riding of Yorkshire
    • North East Lincolnshire
    • South Ribble

Find out more here.

If you are eligible, register:

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