The Wales Land Management Forum sub group on agricultural pollution


The Wales Land Management Forum established a sub-group in January 2017 in order to focus on tackling agricultural pollution.

There is no one silver bullet to solve this problem – the solution is a combination of different changes all of which need to be supported by new ways of thinking. The main areas are:

  • A robust regulatory regime
  • Developing a voluntary, farmer-led approach to nutrient management
  • Ensuring better advice and guidance is provided and can be taken up by farmers
  • Improving the range of investment opportunities
  • Identifying and promoting innovation 

In April 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs was given a progress report on the work of the Wales Land Management Forum sub-group. 

All those involved have worked collaboratively to help shape the initial recommendations that have been sent to the Cabinet Secretary and are optimistic that they will provide a framework to improve water quality in Welsh rivers in the long-term. 

The Wales Land Management Forum sub-group continues to work at pace to deliver the recommendations in the report.


The membership of the group comprises:

  • National Farmers’ Union of Cymru (NFU Cymru)
  • Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW)
  • Country Land and Business Association (CLA)
  • Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)
  • United Utilities
  • Hafren Dyfrdwy
  • Tenant Farmers Association Cymru (TFA)
  • Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC)
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)
  • Carmarthenshire Fishermen’s Federation (CFF)
  • Menter­-a-­busnes
  • Wales Environment Link (WEL)
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Welsh Government

Agendas and papers


July 19 – minutes

June 21 – minutes

January – minutes

March 05 – minutes

March 22 – minutes

April 19 – minutes 

May 17 – minutes


March – minutes

April – minutes

May – minutes

June – minutes

July – minutes

November 2 – minutes

November 16 – minutes

December – minutes


January – Agenda and actions

February – Agenda and actions

March – Agendaactions and catchment initiatives 2019

April – Agenda and actions

May – Agenda and actions

June – Agenda and actions

July – Agenda and actions

August – Agenda and actions

September – Agenda and minutes

October – minutes

November – minutes

December – minutes


July – actions

August – Agenda and actions

September – Agenda and actions

October – Agenda and actions

November – Agenda and actions

December – Agenda and actions


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