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Farm Management Scheme to Save Money in River Wear Catchment

Released: 27/04/2015

Advice, guidance and financial contributions are being offered for schemes designed to save landowners money through retaining soil and nutrients which are being lost into various watercourses in the Durham area.

A partnership project between the Wear Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency will target priority catchment areas around the Pittington Beck, Old Durham Beck, Croxdale Beck, Lower River Browney and Brancepeth Beck. Farmers within the designated areas will have the opportunity to work up schemes with WRT and apply for a financial contribution to implement them. Examples of existing schemes and tools which can be used will be on show at a launch event at Brancepeth Golf Club on Wednesday, June 18th. The event will involve a tour of nearby Little White Farm, which has taken action after suffering a number of flash floods, and will include presentations from a range of farming and environmental speakers.

WRT have organised the seminar to demonstrate what sort of action farmers and land owners can take to reduce business risk and retain their most precious resources. We’ll be looking at the business benefits of retaining soil and nutrients on the farm and will showcase some of the low cost practical actions that have been taken elsewhere. We will also discuss what is on offer for farms in the designated catchment areas, but this event is for anyone in the North East with an interest in land management.

The visit to Little White Farm will form a key part of the event. Local farmer, David Jackson will be explaining the work he has undertaken to retain soil and nutrients on the farm, and prevent them washing away into neighbouring watercourses.

Pre-booking is not essential but if you can let us know in advance that you plan to attend it will help us with organisation: email admin@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk or telephone 01388 488867. Please leave a message if the line is unmanned.

WRT soil and water management seminar, Wednesday June 18, 8:00am -12:15pm

Venue: Brancepeth Golf Club, DH7 8EA. Bacon sandwiches, tea and coffee on arrival.

Event Programme:

0800:   Registration and refreshments

0830:   Welcome, Context and Programme Overview

0900:   Examples of Interventions and Benefits delivered by the Northumberland Rural Diffuse Programme and Catchment Sensitive Farming

0930:   Q&A

0940:   Introducing the Floods and Agriculture Risk Matrix

0950:   Q&A

0955:   Durham University sedimentation research

1015:   Q&A

1020:   Closing remarks: reminder of contacts for arranging farm visits and confirmation of farm walk logistics

1030:   Close and depart

1040:   Arrive Little White Farm

1050:   Welcome and farm walk

1150:   Benefits of Voluntary Industry-led initiatives and CAP greening update

1210:   Final Questions

1215:   Ends. Depart Little White Farm 



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