We’re extremely proud to tell you about our farm advisers who are working directly with farmers across a number of catchments in West Wales, this project takes a hands on approach to improving water quality by offering advice and financial support to farmers.
This joint project with Afonydd Cymru (Welsh Rivers Trust) and Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) has been modeled on the successful work by the farm team of the Wye and Usk Foundation, bringing together pragmatic and cost-effective actions to achieve improvements to water quality.
Our catchment advisers, will be happy to arrange a free and confidential farm visit for a time convenient for you. They will aim to advise you on workable solutions and possibly offer grant funding (subject to availability) and support with fencing and alternative water for stock, managing run-off from yards, soil structure assessments and run-off risk maps.
Meet our team…
Jodie McGregor, Catchment Adviser (Western Cleddau Catchment)
Jodie and her partner run a small family dairy farm near Llanboidy. Her career and background has always been linked to people, water and project delivery. Having worked in the past on a range of farms across the continent, her more recent working background in the third sector has included: running national and local stakeholder engagement and marketing campaigns, project management across a diverse range of initiatives and teaching as a tutor at a field studies centre.
As a Catchment Adviser, Jodie enjoys building key working relationships within the agricultural community, meeting new people and learning about deep-rooted and fresh new farming techniques. When she is not out in her catchment sharing best practice and assisting farmer’s to access grants available in West Wales, she can usually be found helping out on the family farm or working in her vegetable and flower patch, doing what all keen horticulturalists love to do.
If you would like to find out more about how local Catchment advisers can help you access grants available in your area, please contact Jodie McGregor on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07881 092 882.
Gareth Waters, Catchment Adviser (Ceri Brook Catchment)
As a lifelong dairy farmer and native of West Wales Gareth is well placed to communicate with other landowners within the region.
Gareth has been a dairy farmer all his life, and grew up on the home farm. In addition he also runs a small sheep flock and suckler herd. He is passionate about agriculture and the environment. .
Previous roles have included working as a Glastir Commons Officer and prior to this worked at the local Agricultural college. With his work on the environmental scheme Glastir he gave advice and assisted farmers with running their own commons associations, and choosing relevant options for their own holdings.
With his innate farming experience he can empathise and understand the pressures faced by todays farmer and the environmental constraints that can be placed upon them.
If you would like to find out more about how local catchment advisers can help you access grants available in your area, please contact Gareth Waters on Gareth@afonyddcymru.org.