Water Friendly Farming

Upper Weaver Farm Project

United Utilities, Mersey Rivers Trust and Severn Rivers Trust are working in partnership to help protect and improve water quality in the Upper Weaver catchments in Cheshire.  This project is working with farms in the Ash Brook, Checkley Brook, Valley Brook (source to Englesea Brook), Englesea Brook, Birchall Brook, Bickley Brook and Duckow catchments.  Below is a map showing the areas of interest, and clicking the names of the catchments above will also take you to a map of these areas.

We are working in these catchments because four out of six of of these waterbodies are classed as in poor ecological status (Water Framework Directive classification), with one brook having deteriorated since the last classification cycle in 2015.  We are working with industry, communities and now farmers to try and improve the quality of the water in these brook catchments. 

This project, funded by the Water Environment Grant, aims to provide farmers with free farm advice and a farm Water Management Plan, through visits and conversations.  The plan will give recommendations and advice on potential opportunities for new ways of managing surface water, runoff, slurry , livestock and other things, in the farm yard and fields.  There will also be the potential for grant funding to implement some of the recommendations outlined in the plan, of up to £3,900 per farm.  

The items eligible for funding, and the rates at which they can be funded are available to download from the key documents below.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to improve your farm business, and help the environment please contact us here.

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Key Documents

 

Click here to download Grant Options for Eligible Farms

 Revised Key Actions for Farmers Core Document and Leaflet – hosted on AHDB (Agriculture Horticultural Development Board)

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