Case studies

Channel Maintenance

Environmental permit to undertake maintenance works on main rivers

A group of farmers from the Leverhulme estate near Formby joined together to apply for a 10 year environmental permit from the Environment Agency to allow them to undertake essential maintenance work. Lisa Edwards, who led the licence application, shared her experience with us in this video.

Rainwater Storage Tank

Part of the Water Friendly Farming grant scheme

The Water Friendly Farming project was delivered in 2020-21 by Mersey Rivers Trust (MRT) and funded by the Environment Agency. The project enabled MRT to work with farmers in the Alt Crossens catchment to deliver a series of interventions which would help improve water quality, create habitat and/or improve the resilience of the catchment to flood and drought conditions.

This farmer installed a 25,000 litre storage tank system which will collect rainwater from the shed roof. The water will be used for irrigation to reduce the need to abstract from local watercourses. The water can be stored and used during times of drought - enabling the farmer to have year-round access to clean water. 

Part of the Water Friendly Farming grant scheme

This farmer installed a 30,000 litre storage tank system which will collect rainwater from the shed roof. The water will be purified under a UV light and used for livestock to reduce the need to abstract from local watercourses or use tap water. The water can be stored and used during times of drought - enabling the farmer to have year-round access to clean water. 

Tree/hedge planting

Part of the Water Friendly Farming grant scheme

This farmer planted 8,500 plants including Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hornbeam and Dog-rose, to produce hedging along two farm boundaries. The hedging will limit the movement of sediment, via wind and water, to help improve the health of local waterways. The hedging will also provide habitat and food for a range of birds, mammals and insects.

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