Upper Beult Farmer Cluster
The Upper Beult Farmer Cluster, in partnership with Southern Water, are working directly with the farmers in the Upper Beult catchment via the establishment of a long term Farmer Cluster to help farms protect and improve water quality, soil health and biodiversity. Members of the cluster will be able to help shape and inform a future catchment scheme and members will be prioritised for funding when the schemes are launched.
The Upper Beult catchment of the River Beult, South West of Ashford, covering Bethersden, Pluckley Shadoxhurst and High Halden.
Why we embarked on this project?
Kent Wildlife Trust has a vision of a Wilder Kent; working with others is critical to putting nature into recovery across big enough areas to make a difference.
By working in partnership with Southern Water, we are able to work towards common goals, to reduce pesticide use, increase habitat connectivity and improve water quality.
How we are helping
Kent Wildlife Trust Farmer Cluster Officers facilitate meetings, undertake one to one farm visits and deliver a programme of training events to cluster members. Through cluster events, trusted working relationships are developed between cluster members that form the foundation from which demonstrable improvements within the farmer cluster focus areas can then follow.
How to join
If you are farming the Upper Beult catchment, then please join the cluster! If you are just outside, then contact us about creating a new group.
Those of us living and working in Kent, can support local farmers through the pound in our pocket.
To find out more, please contact Rory Harding: email@example.com | 07761 507242
Rory Harding is the Farmer Cluster Officer for the Upper Beult. From a farming family in East Sussex, Rory has maintained a foot across farming and conservation and is especially passionate about the countryside of the Weald, despite the challenges of the heavy clay soils! With a background in community conservation and in practical hands on delivery, he is keen to bring together the many farmers in the area to work towards common goals in farming more sustainably and restoring wildlife.
“I believe that with the right support, productive farming and thriving wildlife can go hand in hand. By working together we can bring back wildlife across Kent’s farms, and link to wilder towns and cities too, this is not just action at the farm scale, but across the county”.
We joined the cluster because farming sustainably is really important to us and we wanted to find out more and share ideas. The cluster has been great for getting to know other farmers, especially as we are relatively new to farming in this area of Kent. We’ve also learnt a lot about species found on other nearby farms and we are now monitoring species on our farm much more closely. The support and guidance of Kent Wildlife Trust has been invaluable.”from Ramstile Farm, near High Halden.