From April 2019 - April 2021, the Wildlife Trust BCN will create field scale trials of wet farming to test innovative new crops for food, healthcare and industry, and to lock in carbon. A large part of the project will be working with local farmers, food producers and landowners to create and test this new way of farming and to share lessons learned along the way.
Let the digging commence!
As work gets under way preparing land for wet farming trials in the Water Works project, there's a starring role for Sphagnum moss…
A new dawn for farming on the Fens
The Great Fen Restoration Manager reviews the pioneering Water Works project nine months in and reflects on its potential impact and…
A Water Works Project
Water Works is a two year project aiming to look at ways to develop a more sustainable future for fenland resources – its soil, water and people. Through the project we are trialing new farming methods designed to protect our precious peat soils and water resources, by using new science and technology to develop and monitor these techniques and by applying for UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status to support and unite people to create a thriving fenland economy and countryside.
The project is managed by a partnership between the Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire; Cambridgeshire ACRE, The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of East London and is funded by a grant awarded in 2019 by the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund: a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Find out more about Water Works in our short film: