Mon, 10 Oct|
Water-friendly Farm Walk 2
Visit a dairy farm piloting a low cost, nature-based solution to capture and recycle nutrients on the farm.
Time & Location
10 Oct 2022, 10:30 – 12:00
Cookstown, 77 Killycurragh Rd, Cookstown BT80 9LP, UK
About the event
Do you have waterways on your farmland and worry about the risk of pollution?
Do you want to know how to check the water quality for yourself?
Are you struggling with the rising cost of fertiliser and want to learn how to make your own free fertiliser?
The Water Innovation Network have been trialling low cost nature-based solutions to capture and clean dirty water on farms, and provide farmers with harvestable crops. These solutions are designed to minimise the amount of productive land needed, are simple to install and easy to maintain.
Join us on a tour of Henry's dairy farm to see how a system of swales planted with comfrey and willow tackles their farmyard run-off. Both plants absorb nutrients from the dirty water but, comfrey has an added benefit as it can be harvested to provide the farm with it's own free source of fertiliser. The project is still at an early trial stage but results look promising - the nearby river is scoring high for indicator species of good water quality and the crops are thriving on the dirty water.
If interested, please RSVP below and arrive at the location and time listed below:
Farm location: Henry's Dairy Farm, 'Curragh View Farm', 79 Killycurragh Road, Cookstown, County Tyrone, BT80 9LP.
Farm tour: Monday 10 October 2022, 10:30am - 12:00pm.
There is a second visit scheduled for later in the day at Cloughbane Farm - feel free to come along to both and make a day of it. Book for the second tour here.