During a private meeting with farmers, flood victims and environmental bodies in Keswick, Prince Charles heard about work being done to reduce the impact of future flooding on farms, homes and businesses.

The Foundation for Common Land arranged the meeting, where the importance of properly managing commons and neighbouring farmland was discussed.

The prince was informed about work being done by The Farmer Network and NFU Cumbria, funded by Natural England, to enable farmers to find solutions.

These solutions, he was told, would be bespoke to each farm but, cumulatively, would make a positive difference to the area.

Water storage pools and leaky dams are being considered to help slow the flow of rivers during storms, along with tree planting to help in the longer term.

A draft charter for working on upstream mitigation was developed at the meeting, putting communities at the heart of efforts and ensuring flood mitigation work is considered alongside areas such as tourism.

Those attending the meeting included Threlkeld farmer George Birkett, Lynne Jones, of Keswick Flood Action Group, Brian Rutland, of Braithwaite Community Flood Group and Jodie Mills, of West Cumbria Rivers Trust.

Other organisations taking part included the Environment Agency, the Prince's Countryside Fund, United Utilities, Natural England and the National Trust.

The Environment Agency is due to submit a 25-year plan for flood reduction in Cumbria in July.

A trial scheme is expected before then.