News Archive: April - June 2011

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  • 22 JUN 11: National Agronomy Centre 'Research into Practice' Open Day Faye and Lister manned a Wensum Alliance stand at the NIAB-TAG open day at the Morley Agricultual Foundation which was attended by around 200 farmers. Considerable interest was shown in the DTC project.
  • 22 JUN 11: Wakelyns Farm Open Day, Fressingfield, SuffolkAndrew gave a presentation on some of our work on catchment and land use scenario modelling at this event which presents the latest research in sustainable agriculture and shares practical experiences in organic production with local farmers and stakeholders. Several new contacts were made.
  • 08 JUN 11: Frontier Agriculture Farm Open Day, Woodfields Farm, Gressenhall The Wensum DTC team had a stand at the Frontier event and a good deal of interest was shown in the project, this is a local event for the Wensum DTC and was a good chance to connect with landowners and farmers in the catchment area.
  • 07 JUN 11: Visit by Danish agronomists and farmersKevin and Lister met a group of Danish agronomists and farmers at Salle Estate and gave a presentation and tour of the monitoring equipment on farm. There was a great deal of interest in the project and we hope get some feedback when they return to Denmark.
  • 24 MAY 11: Water Security Short Course VisitAttendees at a UEA short course enjoyed a visit to the Wensum catchment to learn more about the work being undertaken.
  • 21 MAY 11: Salle Parish DayAn open day was held for members of the public from the local Parish, to enable people to tour the estate and learn more about what happens on the farm. Members of the UEA team were invited, and Andrew gave a talk about how the Salle Estate is working with the Wensum DTC project. The day was nicely rounded off with a BBQ, and a good time was had by all!
  • 20 MAY 11: Wensum DTC Year 2 Conference: Progress and next steps in the Wensum Catchment Around 60 members of the Wensum Alliance attended the year 2 conference to hear about the progress that has been made in the past year. The conference featured presentations on the various DTC components and an afternoon workshop session focused on the type of information/data format that stakeholders would like to see made available from the project, including through this website; the types of measures that might be implementated in the catchment to reduce diffuse pollution and what indicators could be used to assess successful outcomes. To access presentations - [READ MORE]
  • 07 MAY 2011: Tracing Water: Artist Liz Ballard’s contemplative installation in the River Wensum, part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival's visual arts programme 'Invisible Dust' - a collaboration between artists and scientists to promote messages about environmental pollution. Liz worked with hydrogeologist Prof Kevin Hiscock to create the work 'Tracing Water' in the river Wensum by putting ice blocks into the river that released a harmless organic green dye that turned the river into one big fluorescent artwork. The work was inspired by the Wensum DTC's investigations of water quality and draws attention to the problems of water pollution. As reported in the Eastern Daily Press, some local residents thought the artwork was in celebration of Norwich City's promotion to the Premier league! See [CLICK HERE].
Notable events
Frontier Agriculture open day
Faye with our stand at the Frontier Agriculture open day
Danish visit
Visit by Danish agronomists and farmers
WS Short course visit
Students on the Water Security short course visit the Wensum catchment
Salle Estate Parish open day
Explaining the Wensum DTC project to local residents at the Salle Estate Parish open day
Salle Estate Parish Open day
... getting a tour of the farm
Salle Estate Parish Open day
... and the farm equipment
tracing water
Visual Arts: Greening the Wensum?
invisible breath
Childen exploring and visualising their 'invisible breath' as part of the Invisible Dust Art-Science collaboration