Working the landscape

Catchments will be the building blocks of the government’s forthcoming 25-year environment plan. Rachel Salvidge dons her wellies to find out how catchment management is working in the field

The 4,500-hectare Euston Estate in Norfolk, is working with the Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership to improve soils and reduce diffuse water pollution. Photograph: Rachel SalvidgeThe fine soil runs through the farmer’s fingers like sharp sand. It is dry and there is very little binding it together.

“It blows all over the place,” says Chris Fogden, who has farmed the land for 30 years. “One year tonnes of the stuff blew off the field across the margins and we spent a long time putting it all back.”

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