Minister shows support for rivers at Bicton

Richard Benyon MP met with executives of South West Water, Westcountry Rivers Trust, The Association of Rivers Trusts, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and local farmers at Bicton College with the aim of achieving greater understanding of river projects.

Bicton College was recently visited by the Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries to show his support for the clean-up of English rivers.

Richard Benyon MP met with executives of South West Water, Westcountry Rivers Trust, The Association of Rivers Trusts, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and local farmers at Bicton College with the aim of achieving greater understanding of collaborative work on river catchment projects between organisations and landowners in the South West.

The Minister spoke with farm managers, Paul Redmore from Bicton and George Perrott of Clinton Devon Estates, who are taking part in the Upstream Thinking initiative developed by the Westcountry Rivers Trust and South West Water and project managed by FWAG in the lower Otter.

He visited Bicton Home Farm, close to the River Otter, and saw first-hand practical changes that have been made in line with Upstream Thinking.


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During the visit South West Water chief executive Chris Loughlin announced the company would provide Upstream Thinking funding to more than 700 Devon farms, including the Exe and the Otter Valley.

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