Chelmer and Blackwater

Catchment Partnership

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Thomas Harris – Catchment Advisor

01268 664403 or  07792 169545



Local Initiatives

how we can help you…



the catchment


your catchment advisor

…Thomas Harris


the partners


national and local initiatives

pellet wise

campaign for the farmed environment

catchment sensitive farming



water capital grant scheme




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Improving river water quality together


The Chelmer and Blackwater Catchment Partnership together with Essex & Suffolk Water have launched a new initiative working with farmers in five catchments across the country, including the Roxwell Brook catchment.


Pesti-wise is about working with farmers and their agronomists to deliver practical guidance and on-farm solutions that help minimise pesticide run-off and support sustainable agriculture.


Advice, guidance, pesticide application (PA1, 2 and 4s) training will be available through Pesti-wise, in addition to on-farm advice visits.


A Pesti-wise Grant Scheme will also be available to those with land in the catchment for both precision application equipment and capital infrastructure options in the farm yard.


Enhanced monitoring of the rivers and water quality will continue in the catchment this year with regular updates and we will inform you as to the success throughout the year.


If you have any questions about the Pesti-wise initiative, would like to know more about the advice or grant funding available, please look at our website: or contact Teresa on 07792 169545 or by e-mail at:


National Initiatives


The following national initiatives are all working through the Chelmer & Blackwater Catchment Partnership locally to prevent duplication of work.

The Campaign for the Farmed Environment is a voluntary, industry response to Defra proposals to introduce compulsory set aside in England.  The campaign encourages farmers to:


·       join Environmental Stewardship schemes

·       where it makes sense, to adopt voluntary conservation measures


More information on the 15 CFE measures can be found in the Farmer’s Guide to Voluntary Measures.








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Catchment Sensitive Farming is land management that keeps diffuse emission of pollutants to levels consistent with the ecological sensitivity and uses of rivers, groundwaters and other aquatic habitats, both in the immediate catchment and further downstream. It includes managing appropriately the use of fertilisers, manures and pesticides; promoting good soil structure and rain infiltration to avoid run-off and erosion; protecting watercourses from faecal contamination, sedimentation and pesticides; reducing stocking density; managing stock on farms to avoid compaction and poaching of land; and separating clean and dirty water on farms.


There are a number of approaches to ensuring that these practices are adopted: advice, scheme and regulation, and these are all managed through the Catchment Sensitive Farming Programme.




The Get Pelletwise campaign is an initiative led by the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) which comprises of Lonza (the principal manufacturer of the active ingredient) and the slug pellet formulators Certis, Chiltern Farm Chemicals, De Sangosse, Doff Portland, Frunol Delicia, Makhteshim Agan (UK) Limited & SBM.


The aim of the group is to promote and encourage best practice use of metaldehyde slug pellets in agriculture, minimise environmental impact and, in particular, protect water.


For more information, please visit:



events and farm visits

…pesticide handling areas/biobeds

…nutrient management plans and soil analysis

…spreader/sprayer calibrations

…farm health checks

…PA1, 2 and 4S training


farm mapping and data provision

…free farm maps

…water quality





pesticide handling area information



…roofed sprayer filling areas

…container drip racks


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