Profiles/ Tom Sampson, Mains of Balgavies, Angus
Tom Sampson, Mains of Balgavies, Angus
Mains of Balgavies is one of Scotland’s first environmental focus farms. It is part of a Scottish Government funded project being delivered by the Scottish Agricultural College, to develop practical and economically viable solutions to ground water pollution from agricultural sources.
Why monitor?The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency identified a significant amount of pollution in the River Lunan that was of agricultural origin. As a potential source of drinking water, this can be a problem for human health. It can also cause algal blooms and other biological changes, affecting the health of the river ecosystem.
There is, therefore, a need to develop approaches that allow food to be produced without compromising water quality.
What can be done?By taking part in the project Tom is helping identify the most effective and workable measures to tackle water pollution from agricultural sources. The aim is that these measures can be rolled out into general farming practice once tested and proven. The measures being tested include:
Taking the leadScottish Land & Estate’s Chief Executive, Doug McAdam, points out: “It is important that, like Tom, members of Scottish Land & Estates engage with these voluntary schemes and act on the findings. In this way, practices are developed that work both for rural businesses and wider society. If we don’t engage voluntarily, the risk is that Government is forced to regulate.”