AC/DC: The Nutrient and Soil Management Project, West Wales
Working directly with farmers across a number of catchments in West Wales from 2019, this project took a hands on approach to improving water quality by offering advice and financial support to farmers. We hope the project exemplified how effective improvements can be made to water quality through direct contact with farms.
This joint project with Afonydd Cymru and Dyr Cymru Welsh Water (hence AC/DC) was modelled on the successful work by the farm team of the Wye and Usk Foundation, bringing together pragmatic and cost-effective actions to achieve improvements to water quality.
What our farm visits covered
Our catchment advisers arranged free and confidential farm visit to advise on workable solutions and possibly offer grant funding (subject to availability) and support for any of the following:
FENCING & ALTERNATIVE WATER FOR STOCK
To improve stock management & reduce the risk of stock exposure to waterborne diseases by improving the bank stability & water quality.
MANAGE RUN OFF FROM YARDS
How to reduce the risk of yard run off via drainage improvements including manure, slurry and pesticide management.
SOIL STRUCTURE ASSESMENTS
3 FREE soil samples to assess the organic matter, soil structure and nutrient levels, helping maintain good sward health & reduce waterlogging.
RUN OFF RISK MAPS
To assess organic matter, soil structure and nutrient levels, helping maintain good sward health & reduce waterlogging.