Water Ambition: Medway catchment (South East)

The Medway Catchment is one of the largest catchments in Southern England, covering 930sq miles, and one of the driest in the UK. It produces a significant percentage of the UK’s irrigated crops.

Farming varies from intensive fruit and vegetable farming, arable and beef farming on grassland. More than 90% of producers in the Medway say irrigation is ‘very important’ or ‘crucial’ to their business. And half are concerned they will not have enough water to meet their future business needs. The River Medway estuary is one of the most important natural wetlands in northern Europe.

Water Ambition project

NIAB EMR is a Centre of excellence in research supporting the horticultural sector. It is in the process of establishing the Water Efficient Technology Centre. This will address issues of irrigation efficiency in the horticulture sector by developing, demonstrating and promoting best practice in integrated crop-specific production systems. Currently the work is focused within greenhouses, but working with the South East Rivers Trust and Kent County Council the project will expand and extend this work to develop best practice for water efficiency and  surface water management, and wild life improvements, outside of polytunnel and greenhouses which can be shared across the sector.

Contact Alex Adam at the Rivers Trust to find out more and get involved.

Find out about other Water Ambition Collective Action Projects here.