Organic and LEAF marque vegetables from Suffolk

Home Farm Nacton - the farm

Home Farm Nacton comprises 1,170 hectares of high quality agricultural land on the historic Orwell Park Estate, on the north bank of Suffolk’s Orwell estuary. The farm is a patchwork of woodland, heath, grass and arable land – used for organic vegetable production as well as conventional vegetables and cereals. In total we grow over thirty different crops. We’re currently working on 164.22 hectares under Soil Association organic certification. The farm is also LEAF marque and Red Tractor certified.

In the last three decades the business has been shaped by a high level of investment in water management and irrigation, removing a constraint which once limited production to potatoes, carrots, sugar beet and cereals with limited yields and returns. The majority of our farmed area is light land which can be worked year round, the downside being that without irrigation it was difficult to compete in terms of producing mainstream crops. With the capability to irrigate 98 per cent of our farmed area we focus on high-value crops, mainly early-season crops which are harvested from May to July and are followed by winter-harvested second crops. Potentially, we are planting and harvesting crops every day of the year so we work the land hard, but as our focus is on farming sustainably we enhance the soil’s status by returning manures, compost and cover crops.

Home Farm Nacton location

The farm is at the heart of the local community its customers ranging from the public to local farm shops, wholesalers, box schemes, pack houses and supermarkets.

Home Farm is situated in The Street, Nacton; the office is a portion of Camilla court. Behind Camilla Court there is a coldstore where direct sales are collected and lorries are loaded. Beyond this there are crop stores, workshops, and machinery stores. There is also a second yard at Felixstowe Road which has an extensive concrete area with a large onion drying and storage facility. We also have other farm buildings and yards at some of our farm contract partners’ facilities.
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Home Farm (Nacton) Ltd
Unit A, Camilla Court, Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP10 0EU

The history of Home Farm Nacton

Home Farm Nacton was originally one of several farms on the Orwell Park Estate; it was family run which was then ‘in hand’ farm.

In 1962 George Pretyman made over the estate into a trust and he kept the farm as a separate operation. He went into partnership with his daughter, Gillian Bence-Jones, who is now our senior share holder. Gillian went to agricultural college and was very interested in new approaches and ways to enhance poor, light mainly arable land. We were still very old fashioned with a dwindling, elderly workforce, Victorian buildings (lovely but not suited to large machinery) and a minimal fleet of small scale tractors. One of the previous farm managers was still riding a horse for work in the 1970’s. Gillian was very keen to invest in irrigation, which was an unusual step for a full scale farm at that time.

George died in 1979 and soon there was a new farm manager at Nacton, young Roger le blanc Smith. Gill and Roger were both keen to try new things but without much capital the farm had to earn its own investment. Gradually we moved into more vegetable production with a working relationship with Marshalls, the wholesale merchant to several of the larger supermarkets. This meant a lot of change and learning for us. Nick Bence-Jones became a partner in the 1980’s and when Roger le blanc Smith left in 1996 he was replaced by Andrew Williams. In the late 1990’s Andrew took us into Organic vegetable production. Since then we have expanded to farm other land on other people’s farms in various contract agreements. Andrew has transformed Home Farm Nacton in size, number of workforce, and intensity of cropping. In 2014 we changed from a partnership to a company and have formed a board of directors.

The people of Home Farm Nacton

The Board of Directors
The farm has a board of which at present comprises of five directors. Two of them are shareholders, Gillian Bence-Jones and Nick Bence-Jones. Keith Girling (Chairman) and Chris Hollingsworth are non-executive directors. Lastly there is Andrew Williams who as well as being a director is also the long term manager of Home Farm Nacton.
Day to day running of Home Farm Nacton
The farm is managed by Andrew Williams supported by Jason Smith (Production Manager), Gavin Prentice (Field Labour Manager), James Cunningham (Assistant Manager), Lizzy Modder (Accounts Administrator), Helen Mickelsen (Technical & Sales Administrator) and Karen Austin (Office Administration).
The team comprises of people in charge of specialised departments such as spraying, mechanical maintenance and fabrication, skilled machinery operators, muck spreading and general farm workers. The business employs just under 50 regular staff as well as seasonal workers who swell the number to over 100 on a busy day.

With a number of staff in key roles now approaching retirement, training the next generation is key to ensuring the sustainability of the business. Competence with computers and satellite systems is now an essential as well as all the previous machinery operating skills. Says Andrew Williams, ”We have several staff who joined us from school and are now in their twenties and thirties working in key roles such as drilling, spraying, fertiliser spreading, harvesting and maintenance. To ensure that we will have the skills required to maintain a very complex farming system and the equipment needed to operate it we have to encourage, foster and train the next generation. Because we are so diverse we need people who are multi-skilled and can fit into as many roles as possible. Training is a key part of that process."
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Andrew - Farms Director

I have worked for Home Farm Nacton since 1997 in which the time has flown by. Jayne and I moved here with two primary school aged children and a one year old. Now we have three grandsons that keep me busy.

Things have also changed dramatically on the farm in that time. Five irrigation reservoirs and a large investment in infrastructure have transformed the business as well as its cropping and labour force. 

We have great team here at Nacton who work tirelessly to produce some of the best organic and conventional produce in the country.
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Jason - Production Manager

I have had the privilege of working at Home Farm Nacton since 2000, I started as a Spray Operator and have worked up to my current position. I have a very supportive family around me, married to Kim with two great children.

I really enjoy the diverse variety of cropping which I look after at Nacton ranging from the main arable crops through to the more challenging ones such as sprouts/leeks and onions. Alongside competing in both conventional and organic markets.

We have a committed staff base who work hard alongside management in order to produce and maintain the standards which Home Farm (Nacton) prides itself on. I very much look forward to projects and new crop growing opportunities which we are planning for the future.

Things have moved on hugely since I first started working at Home Farm Nacton and I am proud of all that the whole team here has achieved during that time.
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James - Assistant Manager

I had the privilege of growing up on a family run farm so therefore farming has always been a part of my life. I recently graduated from Easton and Otley College having completed a Degree in Agricultural Management and have always worked on farms from a young age. I am very excited about my role at Home Farm Nacton and look forward to learning and developing in such a diverse business.
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Gavin - Field Labour Manager

I joined the team in 2001 as a tractor driver to do drilling and combining and worked up to  where I am now. I have seen a lot of changes at Home Farm in the time I have been here, from a small work force to now at times some one hundred or more workers in the fields.
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Helen - Technical & Sales Administrator

I have worked in the office since February 2011, however I was out grading potatoes and onions in my teens! I work two days a week as I have three young boys that keep me busy the rest of the week. I enjoy my time at work; we have a cracking team which shows through the quality produce we produce all year around.
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Liz - Accounts Administrator

I’ve been working in the office for Home Farm Nacton since January 2008 but used to work on the back of the potato harvester grading potatoes and laying fleece during my school holidays as a teenager. The workload has definitely grown since that time but it’s still just as enjoyable. We have a great team here and it’s never a chore going to work.
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Karen - Office Administrator

I joined the team in 2016 and have found that no 2 days are the same at Home Farm. Its great to be able to work closely with all the customers and suppliers which makes the job so much more enjoyable. The team have been so welcoming and its great to work with people who have such passion for what they are doing.

Home Farm Nacton cropping

Like much of the Suffolk coastal strip, the land is extremely sandy. This light soil is easily worked and perfectly suited for production of many vegetables and supporting a number of key crops, including 240ha of potatoes, 100ha of onions, 50ha of cauliflower, 110ha of vining peas and 40ha of herbs such as parsley for processing, together with 22ha of cabbage, 16ha each of broccoli and brussels sprouts, plus organic red beet for processing into juice. In addition to cereal crops and we also have 200ha of sugar beet. We are continually test cropping new opportunities for ‘up and coming’ modern varieties and crops, the latest being organic quinoa.
Irrigation at Home Farm Nacton
Home Farm Nacton is an ‘irrigable light land farm.’ This is the key to our success as we are able to grow almost any vegetable on our sandy soils, because we can add water when our dry micro-climate doesn’t rain for days.

Over 50 years ago, our senior share holder, Gilliam Bence-Jones, came back from agriculture college full of enthusiasm for the flexibility that irrigation could provide. At the time, the technology was mostly confined to horticultural scale operations. Our farmland was seen as very poor and unproductive – Grade 3.
Could we put in the infrastructure to give ourselves new opportunities? Gill and her father, George, embarked on investing in three stream-fed irrigation ponds, pumps and underground mains to hydrants on the edge of some of the fields. Above ground, we had four and five inch aluminium pipes to lay to a network of three inch branches with sprinkler heads standing within the crops. All scaled up market garden stuff, and mostly aimed at potatoes, which were at the time our only crop with big potential losses or gains.
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Over the following years, most new developments were above ground. First came a rotating boom, mounted over a static tractor called a Laureau. Imagine a cross between a giant helicopter and a Fordson major. This gave some economies of scale and movability over the sprinkler systems. But the movability was dependant on NOT leaving the device on too long and becoming stuck in its own damp patch. Next came the early versions of the reel-type irrigators we use today. At the time they mostly needed pressure boasting pumps and it was usual on a summers evening to hear a Lister diesel chugging away. We tried not to place these too near to houses. Our second phase in the ‘Irrigable Home Farm’ story came in the 1980’s when our manager at that time, Roger le blanc Smith, was looking for new opportunities to grow vegetable crops on a larger scale, which meant we needed more water. We began a programme of adding more underground mains to reach more of our fields every winter. Gradually, miles of pipes have been added, but we didn’t have the water supply to use all these new systems simultaneously. At first, we investigated increasing the size of our irrigation ponds. This would have made lake-sized reservoirs in low lying areas, which are naturally stream-fed, so no pumping energy needed to fill and with potential to become wildlife havens with fully natural characteristics. Unfortunately, this was not to the liking of the authorities. They insisted on dedicated irrigation reservoirs dug on high ground and with butyl, rubber liners, half in the ground, half above, with earth banks. They have to be pump filled, which uses electricity and don’t have much in common with a natural lake. Even so, fish have managed to become established in some of them. Nature keeps on trying.
Sream metering weir at Home Farm Nacton
Over the past two decades, Andrew Williams and Neal Smith have evolved our irrigation at Home Farm into a large and efficient infrastructure. We now have 5 of these reservoirs throughout our farm. They are still mostly fed from the previous stream-fed pond system. We have always been regulated and charged by the authorities for our water abstraction and although most of the water we use rises on our land and flows into the estuary on our land too, we are metered (at our own expense for the meters) and have to pay for every drop we use from these sources.

One of our steam filled ponds empties out onto a short ditch to the River Orwell estuary. Fresh (or ‘sweet’) water flowing over the mud at low tide creates an area rich in food sources for birdlife. We have recently put in a water metering weir which ensures that a guaranteed 4 litres per second of water always goes to the shore before we take any into our abstraction pond.
Modern developments in irrigation are often about making more efficient use of the water we already have. A simple improvement is a machine called a ridger that puts an earth ridge across the bottom of the trough in the field furrows every few metres. This means that the water we put on doesn’t run away down sloping fields and therefore, has time to soak into the crop roots. A more complex improvement are modern, electronically controlled hydrant valves, so that a network of sprinklers or tape irrigators can be zoned and therefore, several areas can be precisely switched on and off in one crop. This is because we are using more water than our supply system could provide to run the multiple zones but if one tripped ‘off’ without another going ‘on’ at precisely the same time, then the pump protection system would shut the whole system off.

These individual, above ground systems are quite intensive to set up each growing season but can be used with dug-in drip tape to put water directly to the roots of the crop. This is a very efficient way of irrigating with minimal evaporation or runoff. It’s also a good way of getting water to a crop, which is covered with a sheet of fleece or has a very delicate foliage. Much of our ordinary irrigation, however, is done by reel irrigators. These huge drums have a butyl pipe that gradually wind back to themselves, pulling along a rain gun, or a wide wheel-mounted boom irrigator and covering a broad strip in a field.

We did once have access to an American-style pivot irrigator which is a huge steel arm, mounted on tractor wheels which slowly moves in an arc around a central pivot. Older ones just covered a large circular area and not many fields in Suffolk are round, but the latest ones now have extra ‘elbow’ type joints, electronically controlled, which can cope with fields with corners. The plus side on these permanent structures is that they take much less management hours to use (theoretically, as long as no one parks in their path!) but they are fixed and inflexible compared to our trailer-mounted reels and knock down systems.

We have now reached a point where we can irrigate most of our land and we can cross pump water from one area to another, rather like the National Grid. Although much of our equipment is automated (most of the reels have sim cards) is still takes up a tremendous amount of time every season, moving, setting up and checking, and often at unsociable hours. We now have reservoirs ranging from 7 million to 16 million gallons but we have been recently helping our farming partners to build new reservoirs of over 30 million and 50 million gallons. This all helps to smooth out the demand for water from times of shortage to months with over supply. The end result of all these years of investment is a business that grows over forty different types of crop for the consumer and creates over fifty jobs achieving it.

Final Fact

We are often asked why we irrigate when its already raining. We also noticed that its raining but if nature only puts on half the water the crops need, then this is an excellent time to ‘top up’ the amount while air moisture is high and evaporative waste is low.
Irrivgation boom in action at Home Farm Nacton
Soil organic matter at Home Farm Nacton
Adding and maintaining organic matter is vital to organic farming but also Home Farm Nacton is mostly based on light sandy loam soils, part of the Colneis hundred area of the Suffolk sandlings. Sand is an ideal medium of growing; it drains well, heats up quickly and compaction is more easily rectified than on other soil types. However it is lacking in other components that make a proper soil out of mineral grains and is prone to drying and wind blowing. We grow a high intensity of vegetable crops and harvest some land twice in a year, so it’s essential that we take special care of our soil structure. We are trying to put back as much as we take out.

Meet Bruce our ‘soil fertility manager’, our ‘top dressing technician’ or ‘chief muck and compost spreader’:

“Two main goals of applying muck and compost to the land are to increase the fertility and to condition the soil by adding organic matter. Another process is to change the PH, mostly by adding alkalis to acid soils. It is the addition of organic matter or humus which we are particular keen on. Low fertility additions, such as mushroom compost or council green waste compost can put a great deal of extra fibre into the soil, aiding water retention and slowing the release of nutrients. Not taking the straw after cereal crops also helps.”
Loading Richard Western D2150 precision organic manure spreader
Bruce has a large spreader trailer made locally by Richard Western. It’s a D2150 with chain moving floor feeding rear spreaders. He can achieve a 6 to 8 metre spread band in a single pass. Even application is essential and we have to bring in the right amounts for each field from one of our new store pads. These have been recently constructed to give us more in hand storage and to help prevent run off. Over-fertility can harm the environment and we are investing heavily to manage our muck and compost process better. Bruce has to compute the amount of trailer spread to get an even amount on each field on each hectare, indeed on each square metre. He liaises with Jason and Andrew to get the right amounts of inputs for each field from available store. Our new spreading trailer could have been fitted with GPS guidance, this time we decided not to go for the ‘high tech’ option, but with regularly replacing spreaders and a younger workforce coming through its inevitable that we will be using this equipment in the future to micro manage our field spreading.
A list of what goes onto our land past and present includes:
  • Mushroom compost
  • Stable muck, fresh straw, horse poo and now days some wood chips too
  • Digestate - liquid from the new generation power plants
  • Chicken Manure - very strong in fertility, very hot and smelly
  • Paper waste - not very fertile
  • Brewers Waste - needs to be incorporated quickly
Felixstowe Peninsular Facilitation Group
Home Farm Nacton has recently joined the Felixstowe peninsular facilitation group. This is one of the “cluster” groups, set up by farmers in certain local areas to promote and develop better wildlife management.

The “cluster” concept is encouraged by the government body “Natural England” to promote farmer led initiatives. These will (hopefully) eventually spread countrywide but are all individually small enough groups for the participants to know each other and keep the drive and enthusiasm which comes with your own pet project.

The other great advantage of the cluster concept is that the adjacent land holdings have an environment and habitat in common which can be improved and management techniques can be discovered and developed in specific ways that are appropriate to that locality alone.

This is particularly true to HFN land which borders on the Suffolk Sandlings and we reprint the ‘Sandling mission statement’ from our neighbouring facilitation group at the end of this article.
Our farmers groups are administrated in East Suffolk by Facilitator AJ Paul, who is an active farmer with a great enthusiasm for protecting the environment on his land and a particular interest in trees. He is assisted by Diane Ling, who has a vast knowledge and experience from working for Suffolk FWAG. We pay an annual subscription fee. One of the intentions of Natural England when it first started these groups was to encourage farmers into the latest versions of its Country Stewardship schemes. You will probably already be familiar with the long standing concept that farmers can gain some funding if they accept a regime which is supposed to be better for the environment, or perhaps some other socially worthy goal such as education or more public access. These schemes where funded in pounds by the UK government, (probably but the full answer seems complex) as opposed to the other major grant schemes available to farmers- “the BPS”, which is paid in euros from the EU, although of course the ultimate funding originally comes from our country’s subscription to the EU.
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In the light of Brexit and Mr Goves recent preliminary proposal, (This article is written in January 2018), there can be no certainty to the future of grant funded nature conversation schemes for farmers in the long term.

The medium term seems to be foreseeable, but HFN has never seen these grants as essential or a lucrative form of diversified income. The amounts are not proportionally significant to our trading size and we feel a large commercial operation should never feel reliant on government grants.

However a marvellous potential of these cluster groups is that they can outlive the frequent changes to government funding and schemes. They bring together like minded neighbouring farmers and enable a continuous process of informed learning to help us to tailor our efforts to suit our own particular conditions.

The actual work done so far

We have planted 4.55 Hectares of land for either nectar for insect promotion or to provide a source of seed for birds during the winter months of scarcity.

Basic Pollen & Nectar Mix

Alsike Clover, birdsfoot trefoil, common vetch, red clover & yellow trefoil, black knapweed, musk mallow, oxeye daisy and sainfoin.

Butterfly & Bumblebee Mix

Birdsfoot trefoil Borage, Crimson Clover, phacelia and red clover

Universal Mix (Flea Beetle Treated)

Carbon, Coleor Kale, Fodder radish, gold of pleasure, Kings kale rape, mustard, utopia and vittasso brown mustard.

Campaign Mix South

Reed Millet, red and white millet, dwarf and intermediate sorghum, linseed, barley, wheat & triticale.

At present the seed costs £50 per hectare to drill. The facilitation group plan to have a small drill and a single team to achieve all the planting on its various members land.

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We have formerly planted some sunflowers on the initiative of Gill Bence-Jones our senior shareholder. These mixes are a first trail recipe and we will be always trying to find better combinations but the first plots have grown very well. One thing that has become evident is that the actual time of drilling is crucial if the crop is to be available at the most useful time of year. The facilitation group has helped us to do an annual bird count and we have achieved this with the work of one particular bird keen employee, whose time we funded.

The facilitation group organises regular informative meetings where members and other interested parties can hear talks from two or three imminent experts on specific environment subjects. As well as being interesting these help our members to understand what we should be trying to do to help their farmland environment and how to achieve it.

HFN together with some of its landlords such as Orwell Park Estate is trying to develop a hedgerow management and maintenance regime. We already try to not over flail cut certain hedges and banks or reduce some previously annual clipping to only every two years. We are now compiling a map and deciding on long term policies for each specific hedgerow to help us become consistent over the years in a sustainable programme which is good for wildlife. (One of the speakers at a previous facilitation group meeting was particularly interesting about the relationship between hedges and field margins)

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These are the actual things done so far by HFN within the Felixstowe peninsular facilitation group. Other subjects that the groups have been working on are concerning re-introduction and promotion of grey partridges and the monitor and control of the advance of an invasive plant called “Alexanders” There is also work being done on rectifying bare track erosion on sand land farms and controlling the resultant silt run off to watercourses.

In conclusion we include the Sandlands mission statement;

Sandlands mission statement

To facilitate cooperation to sustainably enhance the Sandlands landscape, its environment, habitats & species, beyond what is achievable when land holdings are managed in isolation.

The Vision

To deliver the objectives of The Countryside Stewardship Scheme. To nurture a better understanding of the wildlife and habitats important to The Sandlands

To encourage a better understanding of the issues affecting the environment and wildlife on The Sandlands.

To demonstrate best practice in wildlife management as an integral part of modern farming.

To demonstrate best farming practices to protect soil, water and air

To restore areas of under managed heathland, grassland, open sandy areas and other habitats important to the Sandlands.

To improve watercourse management to help reduce siltation and improve the riparian environment

To connect habitats via corridors or stepping stones to all populations to spread.

To forge links with individuals and organisations with an interest in The Sandlands.

‘On the ground’ (for first two years)

Combine farming, soil protection and wildlife management through the use of green cover crops, Wild bird seed mixtures and nectar plots. Look at ways of linking wildlife corridors across farms.

Use traditional defences and soft approaches to alleviate flood risk, improve soil structure and restore the natural functions of our watercourses. (Working with the EA)

Use FEP’s and baseline surveys to identify what we have in The Sandlands and the feasibility of increasing or restoring key species. Working with the Suffolk Biological Records office to produce a group only mapping system that can be used to record flora and fauna found on the farms.

Coordinate a Grey Partridge project with the combined efforts of the gamekeepers and the GWCT.

Recycled Water
‘There is more fresh water pumped out to sea by drainage pumps than the whole of the UK uses for irrigation.’ This bombshell of a fact was once mentioned by Tim Darby at an ESWAG presentation in Home Farm Nacton office.

We have been a member of ESWAG (East Suffolk Water Abstractors Group) for a long time but this meeting was to discuss a new and exciting possible water source

Anyone who knows Home Farm, or just reads our website, will know that water is the key ingredient to our operation. It is the one thing that makes vegetable production possible on our light soil in the low rainfall East Suffolk Sandlings. Last year (2018) was a near perfect demonstration of the importance of irrigation, without water and hard work and equipment, our crops would have failed for sure.

And as you’re no doubt aware, the source of all these millions of gallons of water, upon which farms like Home Farm so absolutely depend, is a natural resource of great importance and value. Most of our farms irrigation supply comes from streams which flow across our land into the salt water estuary’s. Some of our water comes from the two aquifers that lie below us, the crag or chalk.

Agriculture is heavily regulated and will be restricted in its future water use. Household supplies and industry compete for the same resource and the water that flows in streams is also of great importance to wildlife.

So it was most exciting when we started to hear about a possible scheme to use land drainage water from the Falkenham & Felixstowe Ferry marshes around the Kingsfleet. In the past, it was an arbituary rule that water pumped by the drainage board had to go over the sea wall into the estuary. A rule set in stone and because of the volumes involved, is also damaging to the mud flats. But in recent years, this kind of inflexible approach has been questioned more and more, especially by farmers beside drainage pumps with irrigation requirements of their crops. A few years ago, Jane Burch, a local counsellor took up this matter and has continued to work hard for the project to succeed ever since.
Home Farm Nacton recycled water
Home Farm Nacton recycled water
The drainage board will need to replace pumps at the Kingsfleet drainage sluices soon so it all makes perfect sense that we should build a new infrastructure at the same time with the possibility of irrigation supply included. A scheme of this nature is too big and costly for just one farm, so all possible farming participants on the Felixstowe peninsula were approached, which is how their representative organisation, ESWAG become involved. For a while, Tim Darby co-ordinated the farmers who might be involved. Possible members had their names added to a list. Eventually some start up funding had to be collected in order to progress any further with the feasibility. Some members dropped out, some members joined later. Some dropped out and came back again. Eventually it shaped up into a hard core of interested parties, one of which was always Home Farm. When the work became too involved for Tim on top of his ESWAG duties, he handed it over to John Patrick from SWS, a former farm manager who now is one of two main partners in a dynamic water consulting business. He has continued to try to bring this project through, in spite of a new problem arising after every turn and twist.

From a farmer point of view its mostly the cost of 11.8 km pipeline to bring the water to each involved farm. The Environment Agency then decided that it will impose an extraction license and a fee. And in order to turn all of this expense into delivered water at an acceptable cost, (Farmers tend to compare irrigation costs in the old fashioned formula of ‘pounds per acre inch) a grant has been applied for. Only then can the use of this water source become viable. The grant is from the unlikely confines of the EU and is from a fund which was intended to encourage the replenishing of aquafers bordering the middle sea. This means any EU countries on the edge of the North Sea and English Channel. The grant will also cover 3 different schemes in Holland, Belgium and Suffolk, joining in a grant application to develop schemes to put fresh water back into aquafers, to reverse the process of saline water ingress.
Home Farm Nacton recycled water
Home Farm Nacton recycled water
All of these complexities, and many more possible hurdles, such as wayleaves and archaeology mean that the project is far from certain to succeed. But in spite of all the off-putting drawbacks, what excites Home Farm so much, is that this is a scheme to provide the water resource of the future, without depleting our present supplies. The whole concept of recycled water is such an obvious win/win solution and yet up until now, no one has explored this marvellous opportunity.

So if we can be the driving force behind this scheme, then we feel very happy to be leading the way in what is, put very simply, a future insurance of our continued food supplies and water supplies too.
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