A farming couple in Yorkshire has began a petition to dredge the River Derwent close to Keswick on the again of a flash flood final week killing 58 of their ewe lambs.

Dan Simpson and Ruby Cappleman of Seatoller Farm, Borrowdale, misplaced the lambs on Friday (September 30) after heavy rainfall brought on their fields to flood.

The couple are calling for the eye of the Nationwide Belief, the Lake District Nationwide Park, the Rivers Belief and the Atmosphere Company.

“The truth that this occurred with the quantity of rain is ridiculous. Now we have had much more rain earlier than with out the extent of the entire valley flooding,” Cappleman mentioned.

“One thing must occur with the rivers, if sure areas of the river had been dredged the water wouldn’t come over as quick in sure areas.”

The water hasn’t coated this subject within the 20 years because the Simpsons have farmed at Seatoller, they added.

Cappleman mentioned that making an attempt to save lots of their sheep was “fully heartbreaking, traumatic and horrendous”.

She mentioned that motion was wanted urgently to stop an analogous incident from occurring sooner or later.


The couple’s change.org petition at the moment has over 1,800 signatures.

Within the petition description, Cappleman writes that the floods continually drive “farmers to threat their lives”.

“Within the wettest place in England, we should always actually have much more resilience towards this situation,” she mentioned.

“We are able to’t let this downside go on anymore, one thing must be finished.”

“Deliver again dredging. If we don’t make a change, it’ll end in extra injury to the setting, extra lack of livestock and even lack of life.”

The Atmosphere Company rigorously chooses places to dredge the place it is aware of it’ll make a distinction to scale back flood threat.

It cites the intense and lengthy lasting destructive impacts on the setting as the rationale that dredging will not be the primary answer considered.