Special Conference – Water: Farming’s Essential Ingredient - 8th July 2016






Wantisden Hall Farm, Friday 8th July 2016

Leaders from the food and farming sector will be joined by MPs and councillors for a one day conference to highlight the importance of reliable water sources to irrigating crops grown in East Suffolk.

The East Suffolk Water Abstractors Group, supported by the Suffolk Agricultural Association will host “Water: Farming’s Essential Ingredient” at Wantisden Hall Farm on Friday 8th July.  The day will include presentations and a farm tour as well as the chance for discussion and debate around this important issue.

The day will be chaired by Sir Edward Greenwell, former CLA President and speakers include Douglas Inglis of Velcourt Farming, NFU National Water Resources Specialist, Paul Hammett, Jane Burch from Holistic Water Management Project  and Mark Pettigrew of PEPSICO.

The day will demonstrate the importance of a reliable source of water for irrigating crops grown in Suffolk,  and how this impacts on a key sector for the regional economy and a source of food production for the country as a whole.  It will also serve to highlight issues around water abstraction licenses and the steps farmers are taking in the region towards responsible water usage and environmental protection.

Tim Darby manager of ESWAG states “With the reliance of agricultural and horticultural production in East Suffolk on a secure supply of Water, we need to make sure that the key decision and policy makers are aware of our unique situation”

Suffolk Farmer and Suffolk Agricultural Association Vice Chairman David Nunn said: ‘The Association is delighted to be able to lend its support to an event which brings together farmers, the key agencies and political leaders to discuss this issue which is so important to our farming economy locally.’

The East Suffolk Water Abstractors Group (ESWAG) was formed in 1997 to act as a single point of contact representing water abstractors whose businesses may have been impacted by the introduction of restrictions to abstraction as a result of low rainfall at that time.

A charity, the Suffolk Agricultural Association aims to raise awareness of food, farming and the countryside through work with local schools and other organisations.


Note to Editors

Speakers and delegates will be available for interview at the event.

A photo call with delegates and speakers will be held at 12.15 at Shepherds Cottage, Wantisden