Farm­ers get low­down on floods and ero­sion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FARMING -

Farm­ers from across the north-east gath­ered at the Lochter Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre, near Old­mel­drum, for a spe­cial meet­ing about man­ag­ing floods and ero­sion.

Or­gan­ised by farm­ers’ union NFU Scot­land and en­vi­ron­ment agency Sepa, it was or­gan­ised to help farm­ers un­der­stand what they can and can­not do to man­age their drains, ditches, burns and rivers.

NFU Scot­land re­gional man­ager for the north­east, Lorna Pater­son, said: “Knowl­edge­able and ap­proach­able Sepa staff were on hand to ex­plain the cur­rent rules, in­clud­ing de­scrib­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties which farm­ers don’t need a per­mit for.

“Sepa also ex­plained forth­com­ing changes that will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the cost and pa­per­work in­volved in pro­tect­ing valu­able farm­land from ero­sion by rivers and burns.”

She said farm­ers in at­ten­dance at the meet­ing were also ad­vised about sim­ple reg­is­tra­tions as well as the more com­plex col­lab­o­ra­tive li­cences which are avail­able, in or­der to tackle the ef­fects of flood­ing, and in some cases mit­i­gate and help pre­vent fur­ther river­bank ero­sion.

Pho­to­graphs by Colin Ren­nie

From left, Rus­sell Ren­nie, Pa­trick Sleigh, Alas­tair Ren­nie and Gor­don Reid.

Robert and Joyce Hull and Sandy Strat­ton

Sandy Shand, Mandy Fraser and Ge­orge Wordie

Andrew McCor­nick, Lorna Pater­son and Andrew Bauer

Sandy Hen­der­son, Ray­mond Sharp and Sandy Tul­loch

Sandy Buchan, Bert McIn­tosh and Lee Walker

Peter Pol­lard, Julie Holmes and Jamie Smith

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