Water Friendly Farming

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Water Friendly Farming Hub

NEW! Water Resource Workshop - 2nd December 2021

In times of drought, water is precious. The Mersey Rivers Trust and its partners are encouraging ‘Water Friendly Farming’ with a focus on water resources. Bookings are being taken for this free event for farmers to share ideas, discuss best practice and hear about solutions. Presentations will cover water storage feasibility, agricultural transition and future support including grants and funding. BASIS and NROSO points are available for attending the event.

Book your place here and join us on 2nd December at the NFU offices in Skelmersdale for a morning of talks and discussions, followed by a free hot pot lunch with a chance to network.

This free event will begin at 10am and finish with lunch at 12.30 to 1.30pm. Please book your place by e-mailing farming@merseyrivers.org.

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Here, in the Water Friendly Farming Hub, you will find information and resources on interventions that will help the environment while also helping you save money! We have included case studies from demonstration farms and information about grants to support you.

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The importance of water

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Water Friendly Farming practices

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Funding solutions & how to apply

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Case studies of interventions

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Water Friendly Farming webinar series

Water is an important resource for UK agriculture and the countryside; sometimes there’s too much; sometimes too little and occasionally it’s just right. Growers have to cope with whatever the weather brings. After a wet autumn and winter, followed by a spring and early summer drought, 2020 proved to be a challenge.

Managing the precious resource of water is the subject of this ‘Water Friendly Farming’ series of webinars organised by the Mersey Rivers Trust in conjunction with our partners, focussing on the Alt-Crossens Catchment from West Lancashire to the Sefton Coast and North Liverpool.

Webinar 1 -  September 2020

In this first webinar, our specialist panel of speakers, including the NFU, CSF and the Environment Agency, were on hand to discuss some water friendly farming solutions, present case studies, and share their knowledge. 

You can watch the presentations in our Youtube playlist here.

Webinar 2 - November 2020

The second webinar in the ‘Water Friendly Farming ‘series focussed on funding sources, including the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).

You can watch the presentations from webinar 2 in our Youtube playlist here.

Water Resource Workshops

A series of ‘Water Friendly Farming’ with a focus on water resources is underway.  BASIS and NROSO points are available for attending these events.

The next workshop is on 2nd December  with a morning of talks and discussions, including about funding, followed by a hot pot lunch. 
This is an entirely free event.  Please book your place by e-mailing farming@merseyrivers.org.

Partners

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The Environment Agency is a partner and sponsor in the Water Friendly Farming initiative.
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a key partner in the Water Friendly Farming initiative.
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Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a key partner in the Water Friendly Farming initiative.
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The EAFRD is a key partner in the Upper Weaver farm project.
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Severn Rivers Trust is a key partner in the Upper Weaver farm project.
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Untied Utilities is a key partner in the Upper Weaver farm project.
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