Farming is a key part of the economic, social and cultural identity of the Eden with 95% of the land devoted to agriculture.
With approximately 2000 farms in the Eden, many areas suffer from damage to the riverbank due to uncontrolled access by livestock.
This leads to reduced water quality, putting wildlife habitats at risk and potentially increasing the cost of cleaning drinking water. Sediment and soil build up in the river, nutrients running into the river and sewage from urban and rural properties also affect the river.
We work closely with farmers in the Eden catchment to address these issues by finding water friendly farming solutions that allow them to produce food profitably whilst protecting our rivers and water supplies for wildlife and people living in the valley and beyond.
This involves developing whole farm plans with farmers, including:
Quite often, relatively inexpensive measures such as putting up fencing near the riverbank can have the biggest impact on improving the water quality.
Get in touch with us to find out more information and get advice on catchment sensitive farming:
Will Cleasby firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Brazier (River Restoration) email@example.com
Alice Robinson (Farming and Conservation Coordinator), firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Jenkinson (Frm Liason) email@example.com
Read our introduction to Water Friendly Farming (download PDF at bottom of page)
Sign up to the Farming Advice Service newsletter
Watch the video (at top of page) about projects with farmers on the River Petteril
We work with a number of partners on water friendly farming initiatives. Visit their websites for information about any help and support that may be available to help you carry out work on your farm.
Woodland Trust (tree planting)