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Woolley & Wallis has successfully secured a grant of £10,000 under the Water Capital Grant Scheme to cover over a cattle collection yard at Morrisholt Farm, Whiteparish. The grant money, which is the maximum award under the Water Capital Grant, is funded from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
Morrisholt Farm, which is home to a pedigree herd of 75 Guernsey cows and followers, is located over a chalk aquifer meaning the potential risk to groundwater from nutrient leaching is increased. The farm is also located within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone and within a priority water catchment area, the latter being a pre-requisite to eligibility under the scheme.
The planned roof over the collecting yard will reduce the volume of clean rain water falling onto the cattle yard and having to be collected and disposed of as ‘dirty water’. The roof will also provide shelter to cows waiting to be milked and presents an opportunity to harvest rainwater for washing down the dairy or watering cattle.
Robyn Harper, who submitted the application on behalf of David Plaskett, comments: ‘Early consultation with Natural England proved key to securing the funding, which is administered on a competitive points based system. The express support of Natural England was also welcome during the planning consultation process to support our justification and reasoning for the works.’
The roofing works will be completed later this summer, thanks to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
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