- Rewild marginal farmland, uplands and floodplain. Just as many European countries have seen catastrophic flooding they have rewilded areas that act a giant sponges soaking up flood waters.
- Stop agricultural subsidy of marginal farmland so it can be returned to the wild & save the taxpayer billions of pounds.
- Return beavers to the UK and allow them to act as natural wetland managers (like wild horses do on conservation sites) to maintain our wetlands at no cost to taxpayers.
- Create natural wetland networks in urban areas to act as flood stores.
- Shift taxes off of earned incomes and onto Land Values and natural resources to make it economically feasible to revert marginal farmland back to natural areas.
Peter Smith, Wildwood Trust Chief Executive said:
"Along the Rhine in the Netherlands and Germany they have already addressed this issue by re-creating wetlands, while at the same time providing safety for homes and communities."
"It took the death of school children in a catastrophic flood event to shock the Dutch authorities to really tackle flooding on the Rhine; one of their answers was to stop farming on floodplains and to create a giant natural wetland, managed by wild horses, to prevent this tragedy from happening again."
"When will Britain wake up and see that we need to tackle the root cause of the flooding problem? It's time we stopped the squabbling by selfish vested interests whose only real goals are to reap the benefits of ever more taxpayer investment or campaigning for flood waters to be rushed on further downstream to flood someone else's house."
"We have created a perverse system of agricultural subsidies and drainage systems that guarantee we will see flooding getting worse, and that system is using taxpayers' money to destroy wildlife and the wild places that once formed our natural flood defence system."
"With no wetlands, trees or undeveloped flood plains to stop this water, it rushes off fields into drainage systems, maintained at the taxpayers' expense, and is funnelled into rivers where it creates the devastating problems witnessed this winter."
"We must stop wasting money on drainage schemes, agricultural subsidies and building on floodplains and instead spend far less taxpayers' money on re-establishing natural wetlands."
"This can be achieved for a fraction of cost that taxpayers are already incurring, save us billions in the future and will create a carbon sink to help neutralise climate change and give our future generations a natural heritage to be proud of."