Adapting the Levels holds public events about climate adaptation

Adapting The Levels is a partnership project dedicated to empowering those who live and work on the Somerset Levels to take action on Climate Adaptation

In February 2020, Langport and Wedmore will host the first public events for ‘Adapting The Levels’, a project working to empower those who live and work on the Somerset Levels to take action on climate change adaptation.

Somerset is on the UK’s frontline of climate change, with the county’s long coast and large areas of low-lying land facing increased risks from river flooding, drought and sea level rise. Adapting The Levels is talking with communities, farmers and landowners, businesses, local government and water management experts to develop a shared vision for a climate-resilient Somerset Levels.

Landowners stood together smiling

Matthew Roberts

The Wedmore drop-in is on Saturday 1 February at the Village Hall and the Langport drop-in is on 29 February at Ridgway Hall.

People are welcome to come anytime from 10am – 2pm. There will be information about climate projections, what this could mean for local people, and about managing water more naturally.

Adapting the Levels team

Rose Atkinson

Kids are welcome, and there will be fun interactive models to explore. Most importantly, there will be an opportunity for people to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences, all of which will go towards developing the shared vision.

There will be free cake and hot soup, tea and coffee and plenty of space to chat. Adapting The Levels also has funding opportunities for developing nature-based solutions to flooding and drought, enabling communities and farmers/landowners to take action on climate adaptation.

Adapting The Levels is a partnership project being delivered by Somerset County Council, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group South West, and the Somerset Wildlife Trust, with funding from Somerset Rivers Authority and the Interreg 2 Seas European Regional Development Fund. The project will run until 2022.