This summer will see the ‘Farming & Water Scotland’ project travel to agricultural events all over Scotland to raise awareness of the diffuse pollution General Binding Rules (GBRs) and to discuss with land managers how they can reduce pollution risk and comply with regulations.
The branded stand will promote messages from the Farming and Water Scotland website including ‘Know the rules’ and ‘Mind the gap’ (keeping the right distance from watercourses when carrying out activities in the field). As well as providing information, the stand will house demonstration equipment such as alternative watering for livestock and video displays.
Funded by Scottish Government, staff from SEPA and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will be on hand to answer questions over a cup of tea and a chat. Specialist guests will also be on the stand for a few hours to talk to visitors about specific local projects or initiatives and provide targeted advice where possible. Guest speakers will be confirmed through @FarmWaterScot twitter feed, where possible.
Scottish Government and SEPA have already been working closely with the farming sector in priority catchments to raise awareness of how diffuse pollution affects the water environment. This work will continue and will be backed up by the Farming and Water Scotland initiative.
Complying with the diffuse pollution general binding rules, and following good practice, can help improve Scotland’s water environment and protect those whose livelihood may depend on good water quality. There is a series of diffuse pollution factsheets in the Know the rules section of the Farming and Water Scotland website.
The road show is attending many agricultural shows across Scotland between May and August. See the calendar of the confirmed events and review the Farming & Water Scotland website to keep up to date on where it will be. You can also see show updates on social media, see Facebook or follow @FarmWaterScot on Twitter.