Rural diffuse pollution is one of the greatest challenges to the catchment. If a soil becomes saturated during periods of rainfall, it will begin to pool and run off the surface of the field. This water can contain soil, nutrients and pesticides, which will not only be a loss for the farm business, but is also a source of pollution for the environment.
The way that land is managed can significantly affect how vulnerable it is to environmental damage and erosion (usually during heavy rainfall). Good soil management is therefore critical to preventing rural diffuse pollution.
The Water Sensitive Farming (WSF) project aims to promote just this – working with agricultural businesses to create plans that enable farmers to be sensitive to the wider dynamics of the environment, while ensuring that these decisions are profitable.
Ed Bramham-Jones, who works for Norfolk Rivers Trust as a Farm Advisor, has joined the CamEO team as part of the WWF and Coca-Cola WaterLIFE project. He works with farmers and growers throughout the catchment to deliver agricultural interventions to achieve good water stewardship. Interventions can include silt traps, buffer strips and in-field management changes.
If you’re a grower within the Wissey, Lark or Little Ouse catchments and would like to organise a free and confidential farm visit or to discuss agricultural best practice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07788377617.
Ed’s latest progress:
• Priority targeting of the catchment has now been completed (look out for the maps coming soon)
• Farm advisory network established
• Agronomy network established
• Connections established with agricultural supply chain groups, including British Sugar & British Beet Research Organisation (through CamEO board members)
• Collaboration with AHDB Pork and BQP to incorporate outdoor pig farmers
• Farm advisory visits have begun throughout the catchment
• WWF sugarbeet workshop – discussing agricultural diffuse pollution within the sugarbeet supply chain
• Knowledge exchange event at Holme Hale Farm – looking at recently installed cross drains
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