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Frome & Piddle Catchment Initiative – Launch Invite

In support of the Government’s recent drive to encourage partnership delivery of environmental improvements, Wessex Water has offered to host a trial initiative to improve the health of rivers and groundwater in the Frome & Piddle catchments in Dorset.

A key focus for the initiative is working collaboratively with relevant organisations to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.  Please see the attached leaflet for additional information. For example, the initiative will work closely with Catchment Sensitive Farming officers and Wessex Water’s own catchment management team, the Environment Agency, Natural England and Dorset Wildlife Trust.  It will explore existing and innovative sources of funding through delivery mechanisms such as agricultural incentives, the new Defra Catchment Restoration Fund and Payment for Ecosystem Services.  Please see the attached leaflet for additional information.

The launch event is on Wednesday 22nd February 2012 and your attendance would be welcomed.  Any farmer or landowner within the catchment is invited to attend so please feel free to inform your friends and neighbours.

There will be a series of presentations, a range of information on existing projects, and the chance to meet representatives from a host of organisations all working to improve the health of the rivers and groundwater and also reduce their impact on Poole Harbour.

Could you kindly confirm your attendance to Neil Punchard, Wessex Water, either by email: or by telephone: 01225 526707 by Friday 27th January and provide a preference for daytime or early evening.  The event will be held within the catchment at a venue and time to be confirmed depending on response.  Further details will follow once attendance is confirmed.