Rother Valley Sediment Project

Over the autumn of 2018/9 ARRT worked with Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) to focus on the huge issues of sediment present in the Rother Valley, West Sussex. Purported to be the most erodible river catchment in the UK, this project looked at causes and mitigation, producing guidance and holding events for local farmers, landowners and others.

Whilst this project came to an end in March 2019 we are planning a larger project to tackle soil loss and erosion along the Rother. In the meantime this page provides a resource of guidance and useful links, which we will continue to develop. If you have problems with soil loss or excess sediment get in touch via our contacts page


A number of Presentations were held to provide advice and support for local farmers, landowners and other interested bodies.

ARRT and CSF Sediment Event Presentation (Sandra Manning-Jones, Project Officer, Arun and Rother Rivers Trust; Sammy Read, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer, Natural England).

David Miller Presentation (2018 British Farming Awards Silver Award winner; 2015 Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year).

Dr Rob Simmons Presentation (Snr Lecturer in Soil Erosion & Conservation, Cranfield University).

Useful Documents:

General Advice

Soil Erosion And Sediment Advice – guidance for farmers in the Rother Valley, West Sussex.

New Farming Rules For Water – guidance on the application of new legislation around the water environment.

AHDB Great Soils – Comprehensive resource providing soil management guidance and advice

Engineering The Landscape –  to secure asparagus production

Reducing Erosion in Potato Farming

Reducing Erosion And Irrigation Requirements In Potato Farming Using Aqueel©.

Tramline Management  – to reduce soil erosion.

Efficacy of the Wheel Track Roller® – to reduce runoff and erosion from in potato fields