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The River Waveney Catchment Partnership deliver a series of events throughout the year for local farmers, advisers and agronomists.  For more details on any up coming events please use our contact page to get in touch.

Farm Business Updates

After a break from proper meetings over the past two years because of covid, I am pleased to confirm that the annual Farm Business Update meetings will be held in January and February 2023.

These are a joint venture between the four east anglian water companies who host seven events between them at locations across the east. It is a chance for farmers to get an update on issues that may affect them and their businesses over the coming year. Farmers will get the chance to get an update from;

  • the local water company in that area

  • Environment Agency on what regulatory changes may affect them

  • Natural England/CSF on what grants are available

  • FWAG/CFE on all matters relating to current Countryside Stewardship options

  • NFU on Agricultural policy issues, Agricultural transition, BPS etc

There are also two guest speakers who will talk on a topic that is current in agriculture

  • Each venue will have a different Anglian farmer who is practising some (or all) regenerative farming techniques. They will explain why they are doing it, what the impacts are, what are the costs and benefits, what is the effect on yields, profitability, what is it doing to their soils. For the Wortwell event we will be hearing from Matt Redman an AHDB monitor farmer who has a County Council tenancy on a farm in Cambridgeshire and a contracting business.

  • There will also be a speaker to talk about a range of business choices and opportunities such as alternative and environmental markets (Carbon, Biodiversity Net Gain, Nutrient Neutrality etc) and managing with market volatility. For the Wortwell event we will be hearing from Susan Twining who is the CLA Chief Land Use Policy Adviser

Although most farmers in the Waveney are likely to be closest to Wortwell Community Centre, I am including the booking details for the other venues in the east if you can’t make that one. The two guest speakers will be different at the other venues. The links below (and a copy of this newsletter) will also be available on the River Waveney Partnership website at


  • Wortwell Community Centre, Norfolk – Tuesday 24 January

  • Dereham Football Club, Norfolk – Wednesday 25 January

  • Writtle Agricultural College, Essex – Thursday 2 February

  • Lavenham Village Hall, Suffolk – Thursday 9 February


As always, all of the events are free and will start at 09.30 with tea and coffee available and finish about 12.45 and then lunch will be provided. BASIS and NRoSO points will be available for attendees.

Please book either by Eventbrite at the links above or by contacting the CLA by phone at 01638 590429 or email at

Upcoming winter events

We have a series of events planned for this winter, details of the confirmed dates and topics are below, but watch this space as we have others in the pipeline and will distribute those details as they are confirmed. I will be at the Hoxne Village Hall event but you are welcome to choose the event most convenient for you regardless of catchment. Please book via Eventbrite using this web address:


Nutrient Planning and Farming Rules for Water 

13th - 16th December at various locations across Norfolk and Suffolk
10:00 - 13:00, lunch included 

13th December - Bracon Ash Village Hall, NR14 8EL
14th December - Dennington Village Hall, IP13 8DD
15th December - Hoxne Village Hall, IP21 5AN
16th December - Itteringham Village Hall, NR11 7AY


An informal event to let you know exactly what you can do, when you can do it, how you can do it & what records you need to keep.

  • nutrient planning

  • use of organic manures

  • understanding Farming rules for water & Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

  • Sustainable Farming Incentive: Soils Standard – what’s in it for your farm?

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