Review of Farming Rules for Water

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It’s nearly 3 years since the Farming Rules for Water were published, and Defra have been asking for feedback for a review.

February 28, 2021

The Farming Rules for Water, underpinned by the Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution Regulations (England) were originally published in April 2018. At the time, a review of these rules were promised after three years – and it’s happening now. 


The questions posed by Defra were;

  1. Do the rules pose any barriers to your work and if so, what are they?
  2. Are you aware of how the rules affect you?
  3. Have there been any unintended effects of the rules on your work? If so, can you give examples?
  4. Are the rules effective in their aim to provide a minimum baseline for land managers?


Review responses were submitted by key stakeholders in January 2021 and we will publish the outcome here when it comes out. Watch this space…