11. Upper Colne Pesticide Scheme

Aims: Involve people with their local waterbodies; Improve wildlife corridors; Improve water quality; Work together

Project description

Affinity Water is working with Promar International, an agri-environmental consultancy, to reduce concentrations of metaldehyde (active ingredient in slug pellets) and other pesticides in the Upper Colne. 

In year one, the aim is to create a “Metaldehyde Free” Catchment by subsidising
farmers to use alternative methods of slug control.  To further protect water quality, farmers
will also be offered free advice regarding best practices, spreader calibration
and waste disposal of old/unwanted pesticides.


In Year two, the scheme will advance into a Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme
providing farmer-led support to protect water quality and build on
environmental stewardship.

Project lead: Affinity Water
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Funding source: Affinity Water

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.