Whether conserving within soils or dealing with some of the problems that excess rainfall can cause, water is one of the most important resources in farming. Julian, Chris and David represent a wealth of experience in how water can be managed to a farmland’s advantage.
Julian Jones (Water 21)
Julian led the UK introduction of hose-reel irrigation and other novel manure handling equipment at Bauer into water industry and agriculture from the age of 21. Concerns over public health issues and other water cycle problems caused him to start developing novel agro-ecological methods during the 1980s – demonstrating the first combined urban rain & sewerage ‘SUDS’ system on BBCTV in 1991. He designed the first Defra Pilot proposal for sustainable UK catchment management for Severn Trent Water in 2004. He continues to innovate by co-ordinating postgraduate students at community led voluntary group Water21, addressing a range of problems from flood & drought to aquifer contamination, with some overseas work. Water21 recently engineered the diversion of a Local Authority office and car park drainage from an untreated water company sewer into a community owned scheme; a model that farmers can also apply.
Chris Stoate (The Allerton Trust)
Chris has worked with the GWCT’s Allerton Project at Loddington, Leicestershire since the project started in 1992 and coordinates a wide range of collaborative research projects relating to agri-environmental issues at a range of scales. He chairs the Welland Valley Partnership’s Resource Protection Group which applies practical, evidence based approaches to optimise the management of water, soil and other resources within the Welland river basin. With his wife, Chris runs a small farm business of his own. He is an Honorary Professor with the University of Nottingham and author of numerous scientific publications, and a book, ‘Exploring a Productive Landscape’. His blog can be found at
David Jenkins (The Pontbren Project)
David is currently Director of Coed Cymru, managing a team of woodland advisors and overseeing a research programme which includes woodlands and timber products. A native of the Rhondda now living and working in Mid-Wales, he followed an unconventional career path beginning in the water industry in Wales, then moving to the Thames based in Oxford. He returned to Wales to manage Coed Cymru in 1988 and never regretted the move. Coed Cymru is a partnership of organisations dedicated to bring Welsh broadleaf woodlands into sustainable management. He is strongly committed to scientific process and the gathering and analysis of evidence but always looking for ways to bring science into policy and policy into common practice. He has the bruises to prove it! David was awarded an MBE for his services to farm forestry in 1999.
Part 1- Vaughan Lewis (replacing David Jenkins)