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. Sediment, soil and nutrients can build up in the river, while sewage from urban and rural properties also affects watercourses. This leads to reduced water quality, putting wildlife habitats at risk and potentially increasing the cost of cleaning drinking water.
We have a dedicated Farming and Conservation team who, over the past ten years has worked 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.
Andy (Senior Farming and Conservation Manager) leads the team and has a farming advice background as well as an appreciation of river conservation. Small, yet perfectly formed, the team is focused on working in priority areas of the Eden catchment.