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Main Image: (L-R) Steve Cann, Director, Future Food Solutions; Andrew Walker, Asset Strategy Manager, Yorkshire Water; Lee Pitcher, Head of Partnerships, Yorkshire Water; James Hopwood, Agriculture Manager UK, Birds Eye, and; Paul Rhodes, Director, Future Food Solutions, stood among Birds Eye’s peas on the rolling East Yorkshire Wolds.
Sustainable Landscapes Humber Project

Sustainable Landscapes Humber Project

The Sustainable Landscapes Humber Project is a series of “pop-up rainforests” across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire designed to increase organic soil matter.

This is to help capture CO2 from the atmosphere, reduce flood risk and improve soil health.

The project is a collaboration between Yorkshire Water Nomad Foods-owned Birds Eye, Future Food Solutions and Hull and Teesside universities, with over 40 farmers from across the region taking part by growing cover crops between harvesting and sowing.

HOW IT WORKS

HOW IT WORKS

As soil organic matter has fallen by 50% over the past 60 years, using cover crops to restore these levels not only has the potential to re-establish soil health, but could also help contribute to reversing the ongoing rise in atmospheric CO2 levels.

Research shows that achieving just a 1% increase in soil organic matter would enable agricultural land to store an extra 200,000 litres of water per hectare, therefore aiding flood attenuation and helping to reduce flood risk.

Trials have already achieved a dramatic rise in soil organic matter, more than doubling levels in just five years, from 3% to over 6%.

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Yorkshire Water

Nevil Muncaster

Chief Strategy and Regulation Officer

Lee Pitcher

General Manager - Living With Water

Lynnsey Pilmer

Communications and Engagement Manager

Catherine Johnson

Portfolio Manager

Emma Brown

Portfolio Manager

Martin Armour

Portfolio Manager

Eve Pierrepoint

Portfolio Manager

Gary Collins

Flood Risk and Engagement Manager

Steve Jackson

Commercial Manager

Environment Agency

Oliver Harmar

Yorkshire Area Director

Neil Longden

Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager

Andrew Barron

Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Senior Advisor, Partnership & Strategic Overview Team, Yorkshire (East)

Kim Tan

Advisor, Flood Resilience Team

Paul Stockhill

East Yorkshire Partnerships Manager

Hull City Council

Mark Jones MBE

Head of Economic Development

Rachel Glossop

Flood Risk Planning Manager

Alex Codd

Director of Economic Regeneration

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Alan Menzies

Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration

Astrid Paget

Principal Engineer - Flood Risk Strategy

Ben Kirby

Assistant Principal Engineer

University of Hull

Dan Parsons

Director, Energy and Environment Institute

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