Focus on Farming

Agriculture is extremely diverse in the Wye

Farming systems can only be improved where they are, and by whom they are farmed. There are many useful initiatives and resources available to support farmers in the Wye to ensure their businesses are sustainable, profitable and work in harmony with our natural landscape and environment. Agriculture shapes much of our landscape. Find out about local projects, initiatives and funding opportunities here:

Key Agricultural Facts

There are approximately 3700 farm holdings in the Wye. Two thirds of these are in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, the English Wye. The remaining third are throughout Powys, Monmouthshire and Gwent, the Welsh Wye.

To find out more click on the following links

  • Farm Herefordshire

    An initiative to actively support farmers by promoting good practice, click here:

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  • Innovative regulatory approach to addressing soil erosion

    Soil and nutrients washing off agricultural land is the single most common reason for our rivers and streams not being as healthy as they should be. Often the soil erosion can occur quite a distance from the polluted river or stream, finding its way by gravity via roads, paths, ditches and other fields. Crop rotations mean that every year these high risk sites can change location. To help find the 'needles in the haystack' the Environment Agency have turned to modern technology.

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  • Go Wild in the Curl

    A Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund group focusing on the water quality and wildlife of the Curl Brook, click here:

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  • Herefordshire Meadows Network

    A Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund Group with a focus on our precious meadows, click here:

    www.herefordshiremeadows.org.uk
  • Pesticides

    To ensure the Wye is not negatively impacted by pesticides there are several initiatives locally. Click here to find out more:

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  • Farming Connect

    Providing support which is transforming the business prospects of farmers and foresters in Wales, click here:

    www.businesswales.gov
  • Environmental Stewardship & Funding Opportunities

    Find out about grant and funding schemes here:

    Wales:
    England:
  • Improving Maize Practices

    To learn more about Undersowing Maize as a technique to improve soil health and reduce impacts on local water quality click here:

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