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Grants of up to £5/ha to reduce metaldehyde use

ATV spreading metaldehyde

Farmers in the Severn Trent region have until the 15th September 2019 to sign up to receive grants of up to £5/ha for reducing metaldehyde levels in watercourses.

There is also the offer a £100 bonus for participating farms that have no exceedances above the drinking water standard of 0.1ppb during the testing period.

It’s far easier and more cost effective to prevent metaldehyde reaching water at source than it is to remove at treatment works, says Laura Flower, Severn Trent catchment management scientist. “It’s essential for us to work in collaboration with farmers in the pesticide’s last few seasons of use, because it is still a challenge to drinking water quality.

As well as financial support, Severn Trent is offering farmers participating in its Farm to Tap scheme to talk to a local agricultural adviser, who can provide advice and resources bespoke to the individual farm.

Although the future of metaldehyde still remains uncertain, Severn Trent is committed to working in partnership with farmers to extend the Farm to Tap scheme beyond 2019, by turning its focus towards oilseed rape  herbicides which can also impact water quality.

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Grants to protect water

Water companies are now working closely with farmers to find practical ways they can help prevent pollution and many also offer grant funding to improve handling and storage areas. Find out more at:


Funds to help protect water – Summer ’19 edition

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