Kent growers can learn about rainwater funding opportunities


13 February 2023
Presentation and farm visit organised by collaboration of bodies.

KENT growers in the UK are being offered an opportunity to learn more about funding opportunities for rainwater harvesting at a free event next month.

The event at Marden Cricket and Hockey Club in Tonbridge is organised by South East Water in collaboration with Kent Wildlife Trust, Southern Water and Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) and will provide a wealth of practical information and guidance to farmers seeking sustainable funding opportunities. 

The event takes place at 10am on March 4th. It will begin with a series of presentations, followed by a visit to a farm where attendees can see first-hand rainwater harvesting systems that South East Water and CSF have part-funded.

Presentations on the day will be led by a panel of expert speakers, including:
-    Al Stewart, Surface Water Lead at South East Water
-    Robin Kelly, Southern Water's Catchment Risk Management Officer
-    Alexa Murray-Mujtaba, farmer cluster officer at Kent Wildlife Trust
-    Lou Carpenter, local farmer and Marden Farmer Cluster member, will be on hand to facilitate a discussion around what farmers are looking for, when it comes to external advice and funding
-    Trayton Pont and Helen Davies, from CSF will clarify current government support packages on offer for farmers and growers.

Together, the speakers will highlight the range of support and advice their organisations offer and explain why they are so keen to work in partnership with local farmers.

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Al Stewart said South East Water wants to provide farmers with support and solutions that benefit water quality and quantity, the local environment and farm productivity. 

“By joining forces with other local experts, we’re pooling our resources and knowledge to provide a collaborative and holistic approach to improving both water resources and the environment. Not only will the event provide farmers with advice and funding opportunities, it’ll also demonstrate how storage and nature-based solutions can help build up resilience of supply for people and the environment,” he said.

BASIS CPD points will be available for members attending the day. For more information, and to book, visit our events page here.

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