In Britain we’ve just had the wettest April on record – despite Scotland seeing below average rainfall. In fact, some places saw as much as three times the normal expected rainfall.
This incredibly wet month comes just after a very dry March, which may have presented a few problems with run-off for many of our farmers in the UK. LEAF held two events in March on practical measures to improve water quality. At such a dry time, much of what we discussed at these events was theory based!
At Stratton Farms in Somerset, LEAF Demonstration Farmer, Jeremy Padfield, had a problem with run off on a particularly steep slope. Water was running off onto a road and down into a nearby village. To correct this, Jeremy dug a run off buffer in the field corner where the water was running through, which cost around £250 to implement, using a JCB and dump trailer.
Earlier this week Jeremy sent us some photos (taken 28th April), which clearly shows the impact the buffer has had during this wet month. For comparison, the second selection of photos show the run off buffer as they were exactly a month ago in March (28th).
28th April 2012:
28th March 2012:
You can see more of what Jeremy has done to help prevent run off on his farm in this video that was filmed in March.
Posted in Members News, Technical Top Tips, Videos
Tagged April, Britain, Improving Water Quality, LEAF, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), LEAF demonstration farmers, LEAF Members, March, Rain, Somerset, water management, Water quality
Following our Practical Measures for Improving Water Quality events at Midloe Grange Farm in Cambridgeshire (22nd March) and Stratton Farms in Somerset (28th March), videos filmed at the events are now available.
The videos, supported by Catchment Sensitive Farming, look at ways of improving how your farming practices impact water quality. Including:
- Background information from Catchment Sensitive Farming on some of the issues of diffuse water pollution from agriculture through surface run-off
- Interviews with LEAF Demonstration Farmers, David Felce and Jeremy Padfield, on the measures they have put in place on their farms to mitigate surface run-off
The videos are available below and on LEAF’s YouTube channel – subscribe to be the first to see LEAF’s new videos!
Posted in Technical Top Tips, Videos
Tagged agriculture, Catchment Sensitive Farming, CSF, David Felce, environment, Farm, farming, farming practices, Improving Water Quality, Jeremy Padfield, LEAF, LEAF Demonstration Farm, run-off, sediment trap, water, water management
If you were at our President’s event on the 2nd November, you will have probably seen a few cameras around. Well, the footage is now ready for you all to see! We have three videos, one of Jim Paice launching our new Water Management Tool and two interviews that you won’t have seen on the day. Enjoy!
Posted in Members News, The Bigger Picture Blog, Videos
Tagged Andrew Burgess, Chris Brown, Jim Paice, LEAF, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), LEAF President's Event 2011, Linking Environment And Farming, LPE11, Prof Sir David Baulcombe, video