Wye Catchment Partnership

Promoting profitable farming, healthy soils and clean water

Farm Herefordshire is a group of organisations that have formed a collaborative partnership to support farming in Herefordshire through the promotion of good practice, training and advice.

Did You Know?

Herefordshire faces challenges in meeting the phosphate targets of the River Wye’s special area of conservation. All industries, including agriculture, will be expected to reduce their contributions proportionally. There are opportunities to ensure that investment on farms provides multiple benefits, not only for the farm business but also the river.

What we promote

Well managed yards & manures - Store manures, slurry and dirty water so that their nutrients can be utilised on the farm. Ensure only clean water drains to watercourses.

Proactive stock management - Manage stock to optimise grass utilisation and to reduce their impact on streams and rivers.

Soil cover maintained - Maintaining soil cover will ensure the impact of rainfall is broken, feeds soil biology, boosts organic matter levels and be used as a green manure.  

Good soil structure - Healthy roots, higher yields, better water infiltration and increased drought resilience are all benefits of good soil structure. 

Healthy organic matter levels - Monitor and increase organic matter levels by reducing cultivation, utilising manures, incorporating straw, cover crops and grass leys.  

Buffer watercourses - Ensure runoff, spray drift and manures doesn’t enter ditches, streams or rivers. Buffers can help to filter out runoff, they can also help to stabilise banks to reduce erosion. 

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Promoting the great work that farmers are already doing locally.

Want to hear about local events?

We regularly hold on farm events, to find out what is coming up, see the Rural Hub Herefordshire website.

Some of the events we have already hosted....

Healthy Soil, Healthy StockThere have been four events around the county for grassland farmers to focus on how better soil management can result in improved forage and healthier stock with better live weight gains.

Cover Crop SafarisGrowing cover crops has become popular in recent years, we have hosted four farm walks for farmers to see how others are utilising cover crops in their rotation.

Benefits of Margins and BuffersThis event discussed the multiple benefits that buffering watercourses can provide; settling runoff, filtering out spray drift, meeting cross compliance requirements and provide valuable wildlife habitat.

Soil BiologyTwo events were held to focus on the biology beneath our feet, the first provided an introduction and the second gave detailed information about soil biology and how to manage soils to enhance it.

Water Provision Demonstration Day - We have had two events to look at alternative water provision options on grassland to allow stock to be excluded from watercourses.

Management of High Risk CropsWe have held several events to promote good management of high risk crops including maize and potatoes to ensure that they can be grown sustainably without impacting on local water quality.

Briefings for Agronomists & Local Discussion Groups & SocietiesWhen Farm Herefordshire was first launched we visited local discussion groups, agricultural societies and agronomists to raise awareness of the challenges we face with Phosphate in the county and the approach being taken to reduce contributions from agriculture.

The Partners:

Make the most of our beautiful catchment! Click on the links below to find out about the sights and attractions in the Wye and the best ways to enjoy them.


NFU Mutual

Environment Agency

Rural Hub Herefordshire


Campaign for the Farmed Environment

Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Natural England

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board

Wye & Usk Foundation

Catchment Sensitive Farming

Farm Herefordshire works alongside agronomists, levy boards, research institutions, private sector businesses, local authorities, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations. It does not promote commercial products and it is not involved in regulatory activities.

Want advice or guidance?

Want free & confidential advice on farm yard infrastructure, soil health, soil testing or environmental stewardship? Contact one of our delivery partners.

Wye & Usk Foundation:

Mike Williams  - 07920 441 215

Lucinda Lewis - 07824 904 877

Kate Speke-Adams - 07766 330 959

Tom Jolley - 07887 459 456

Jonny Pugh - 07825 743 447

Abi Croshaw - 07990 068 941

Natural England:

Rachel Bosanquet - 07770 331 669

Sue Buckingham - 07833 095 708

Ollie Cooke - 07884 996 938