Yesterday (8th October), we had the opportunity to take Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson on a whistle stop tour of CamGrain’s fantastic processing facility just outside of Cambridge.
Peter joined Anglian Water’s catchment management team to discuss the latest initiatives that are currently being undertaken to work in partnership with farmers to reduce the concentrations of pesticides and nutrients that we currently see entering our drinking water sources in East Anglia. This included the Slug it Out campaign around the natural catchments in Ardleigh, Alton, Graffham, Pitsford, Ravensthorpe and Hollowell (tackling metaldehyde) and the more general “Healthy Crops Healthy Water” initiative which will look to widen the relationship with farmers around other key issues.
CamEO’s Water Stewardship Board was highlighted on the day and the potential for water companies to align strategies with the agricultural sector was well received. CamGrain, a member of the board, graciously hosted the event at their incredible grain processing facility and even took the time to give an overview of the importance of the cooperative to the farming sector and give us a tour of their grounds.
A day extremely valuable for all and hopefully on of many over the coming year.