The Trent catchment supports a diverse range of agricultural enterprises including dairy, beef and sheep, combinable crops, horticulture and top fruit and pig and poultry production. Agricultural activities inevitably have an impact on the water environment but we are working closely with farmers in target catchments to ensure any adverse effects are minimised.

Good soil management is key to the protection of water quality as if soils are managed correctly, the risk of soil erosion and therefore diffuse pollution is minimised. Similarly, best practice management of slurries and manures from livestock enterprises will help to eliminate the possibility of phosphates and nitrates running off into surface waters.

TRT has several projects where we are targeting priority catchments where water quality issues have been attributed to farming activities.

In the Willow Brook catchment, TRT’s Agriculture and Water Manager has been delivering farm advisory visits to farmers to discuss soil management and has also organised events focusing on measures to increase organic matter and improve water retention within the soil profile.

In Nottinghamshire, TRT is focusing on the Fledborough Beck, the Beck and the Sewer Drain and is initially carrying out catchment appraisals to gain a better understanding of the issues affecting water quality here. Once the findings have been collated, advice will be targeted at specific holdings and areas of the catchment pinpointed in the appraisal.