writes Steven Salter

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.

The Wedmore drop-in is being held on Saturday, February 1 at the Village Hall and the Langport drop-in is on Saturday, February 29 at Ridgway Hall. People are welcome to come anytime from 10am to 2pm. There will be information about climate projections and what this could mean for local people, and about managing water more naturally.

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 refreshments and 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 being delivered by Somerset County Council, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group South West, and the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Originally published in the Bridgwater Mercury

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