North Shropshire MP and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson came to look around some of the sites being worked on through the Meres & Mosses Nature Improvement Area and Landscape Partnership Scheme.
The Nature Improvement Areas are funded by Defra and therefore fall within Mr Paterson’s ministerial remit, so the visits were particularly pertinent to his national work as well as being in his constituency.
Mr Paterson looked at the work the project has been doing at White Mere to improve water quality and alleviate road run off from the A528 before heading to a farm near Crosemere where he was able to see the work the project is doing with farmers to improve water quality around the farm including to reduce the impact of septic tanks.
The visit also looked at a Liverpool John Moores University PhD being funded by the Meres & Mosses Nature Improvement Area project where postgraduate student Wendy O’Neill is looking at how different features in the landscape (such as hedges and grass strips) affect the flow of water and reduce pollution from nutrients and pesticides.
For more information about the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme and Nature Improvement Area, please visit www.themeresandmosses.co.uk