Water Friendly Farming

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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.

Email farming@merseyrivers.org for more information.

Free Farm Business Advice available - Darley and Ash Brook Catchments

Do you farm in Cotebrook, Tarporley, Darnhall, Wettenhall or Winsford areas? If so, we are offering free 1:1 farm business advice with our Farm Advisors. If you are based in the Darley Brook catchment, we also have funding available to implement interventions on your farm that will benefit water quality.  For more informaton please email us here

Farm Newsletters

Please find the latest Mersey Rivers Trust Farm Newsletter by clicking the link here.  In our monthly newsletters you will find out more about what support and funding is available to boost your farm business, and help you to get the best out of your land, crops and livestock.  There is also information on webinars, training available and new or emerging regulation that affects farms.  Past newsletters can be downloaded at the bottom of this web page.

We also have newsletters specific to the Alt and Crossens catchments, and you can download the latest one here.

To sign up to our newsletter mailing list please contact us here.

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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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Pie and Pint Evening - Calverhall - April 2024

We held an engagement event for farmers in the River Duckow catchment, at Calverhall Village Hall, in Calverhall near Whitchurch.

17 farmers, landowners and members of the community attended to listen to presentations given by both Mersey Rivers Trust and Elaine Jewkes from Soil Sense. 

Mersey Rivers Trust presented on the Better Rivers Better North West fund that means farmers in the area can take advantage of free Farm Water Management Plans for thier farm, and also create a farm group if there was a willingness for this. There were also discussions around the Gas House weir on the Duckow and a bid that Mersey Rivers Trust will make to the Water Restoration Fund to allow us to start to scope out more river restoration work that could be done along the Duckow.

Elaine Jewkes from Soil Sense spoke about how to manage nutrients in your soil so as to get the best from your land to benefit your crops and livestock, how soil testing is vitally important and the part different methods of soil aeration, shattering and sward lifting have to play in your management regimes.

There was also time during the meal and at the end of the evening to have 1-2-1 time with farm advisors and ask further questions.

The Mersey Rivers Trust presentation given on the evening can be downloaded here:

Mersey Rivers Trust Presentation

You can find out more about the advice and support Elaine from Soil Sense can offer here: https://soil-sense.co.uk/ 

Water Resource Workshops

A series of ‘Water Friendly Farming’ workshops with a focus on water resources is underway. 


Workshop - December 2021

In this workshop presentations covered water storage feasibility, agricultural transition and future support including grants and funding. The presentation slides can be found here:

Agricultural Transition and future support - Adam Briggs (NFU)

Funding sources for water - Michael Graham (CSF)

Alt Crossens Priority Catchment (Water Resource)  - Simon Bennett and Helen Nightingale (EA)

Discussion Summary - John Sanders (MRT)

 

Workshop - March 2022

In this workshop presentations covered an update on ELMS, water abstraction and funding solutions. The presentation slides can be found here:

ELM update - Adam Briggs (NFU)

Grant schemes - Michael Graham (CSF)

Abstraction licencing - Jake Houghton (EA)

 

Workshop - November 2022

Stewardship funding updates, lowland peat management and drip irrigation demo farm data. The presentation slides can be found here:

Funding update - Michael Graham (CSF)

Care Peat Project - Lauryn McLoughlin (MMU)

Demo farm irrigation data - Netafim 

 

Workshop - November 2023

In this workshop presentations covered a range of topics including:

Agricultural Transition Update - NFU

Lowland Peat funding and Project Updates - Mersey Rivers Trust

Funding for Farmers and Growers - Catchment Sensitive Farming

Water Resources in the Alt Crossens Catchment - Environment Agency

 

Workshop March 2024

In this workshop presentations covered a range of topics including:

Abstraction license info and Groundwater and Water Abstractor Groups - Environment Agency

Funding for Farmers and Growers - Catchment Sensitive Farming

DEFRA Updates - Mersey Rivers Trust

 

 

Frequently Asked Question...

The Environment Agency (EA) receives a number of enquiries annually regarding the ability for weed-cutting to take place without the need for a permit. The EA have confirmed that weed-cutting can be carried out on a designated Main River without a permit, but only using specialist weed cutting equipment, not a ‘normal/toothed’ bucket and that the operation does not disturb the riverbed or bank. If the works involve any removal of any silt or disturbance to the riverbed or banks then this will require a permit. Any questions on this, please contact Rob Ide, Environment Agency Senior Advisor, Land Drainage Futures on robert.ide@environment-agency.gov.uk or 07770827840.

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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