NFU Cymru has appointed Lorna Davis to the position of Water Quality/Nutrient Management Project Manager.
The position is joint-funded with Natural Resources Wales and will see Lorna taking forward the work of the NRW Agri-Pollution Sub Group to develop farmer-led voluntary approaches to nutrient management.
Lorna has recently undertaken a scholarship through the Nuffield Farming Trust to research and explore the subject ‘How can the management of water in our changing climate provide multiple social, environmental and economic benefits to the UK agriculture industry?’ The report is aimed at providing an impartial review of how a balanced social, environmental and economic landscape can be created for the future through learning from the worldwide experiences gained through Lorna’s extensive travels.
Having been brought up on an upland farm in mid Wales, Lorna went on to study at Edinburgh University where she was awarded a degree in landscape architecture.
Lorna spent five years working within the environmental team at Halcrow (now CH2M Hill) giving her experience in a wide range of fields including brown field regeneration, flood defence, marine, and land-based habitat creation. During this time she developed a passion for water, specialising in water quality and surface water management.
She later moved to act as a consultant to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, where she acted as lead landscape architect and design adviser for the ‘Rainscape Strategy’, which aimed to reduce DCWW’s environmental impact and improve water quality to meet Water Framework Directive targets in England and Wales. This role saw her working to promote sustainable solutions to the removal of surface water to sewers using sustainable drainage techniques.
NFU Cymru Director John Mercer said: “We are delighted to welcome Lorna to NFU Cymru to deliver this important piece of work. She brings a wealth of expertise and experience that I know will be a huge asset to this project and our organisation.
“Lorna’s appointment is evidence of the ambition within NFU Cymru, and indeed the Welsh agricultural industry, to provide workable, farmer-led solutions to the issues affecting water quality in Wales.”