Duncannon Blue Flag Farming & Comunities Scheme

Duncannon Blue Flag Farming & Comunities Scheme

Duncannon Blue Flag Farming & Communities Scheme aims to sustainably restore, protect and enhance water quality by developing an effective model for future catchments to foster positive relations between farmers and households.

A total of 35 farmers participated in this project, encompassing four dairy, eight tillage, and 23 drystock farmers, covering an extensive area spanning over 975 hectares. Pollution Potential Zone (PPZ) maps were utilised to evaluate farm conditions and management practices, employing a simple traffic light system. Farmers were empowered to select and implement measures tailored to their farms with guidance from a dedicated sustainability manager. Training sessions were conducted for both local farmers and the broader community. Several water protection improvement measures were successfully implemented, including the fencing of 15.5km of watercourses, relocating water troughs 20m away from waterways, conducting soil sampling, and developing nutrient management plans for all farms. Additionally, sediment traps were installed to capture runoff, farm roadways were enhanced, and efforts to promote native riparian zones and plant hedgerows were undertaken.

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