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Farmers in the Wear Catchment can learn how managing soil and water can benefit their business

Released: 05/08/2015

Farmers in the Wear Catchment can learn about the benefits of managing their soils and water to benefit their business at a free evening event being held by the Wear Rivers Trust and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) in partnership with the Environment Agency on Thursday 2nd July 2015 at 06.30pm at The Three Horse Shoes, Running Waters, DH1 2SR and then a farm walk by kind permission of Martin Sedgewick Low Myers Farm and Brian Rutherford Pilmore Farm.

Attendees will be able to learn more about the environmental issues in the Wear catchment and the solutions which have been implemented as part of the Environment Agency funded Rural Diffuse Project. There will also be an update on environmental schemes and how to implement them to get maximum benefits.

The walk will demonstrate the work Martin, Brian and the Wears Rivers Trust have been delivering during the past few months including alternative watering systems, riverside fencing and concrete yard renewal as a measure to capture and retain dirty water.

Fraser Hugill, Regional coordinator for the CFE in Yorkshire and North East said “This event will provide information on how farmers can reduce diffuse pollution and the benefits to the farm business of doing so”.

The Environment Agency has funded activity in the Wear catchment for the past 12 months and has confirmed further funding for advisory and capital delivery for 2015/16. Delivery areas have been limited to the Brancepeth, Old Durham, Pittington and Croxdale catchments, but if farmers from outside of these catchments are interested they more than welcome to attend the event and find out how they can get involved. Martin Sedgewick has received advice and financial support during this year’s project and had this to say, “We have always worked the land in an environmentally friendly manner and take great care not to cause any damage to wildlife, however not having Catchment Sensitive Farming operating in the area means that we often miss out on grants to help deliver water projection measures, so when the Wear Rivers Trust offered to help deliver such works, it enabled us to work up and deliver opportunities such as bank side fencing and yard drainage improvements. The work will no doubt enhance water quality, improve wildlife and make working on the farm much easier.”

Booking is helpful up until the day before the event.  Please contact Diane Maughan at Wear Rivers Trust on 01388 488867 or email:


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