The Dalesman in Sedburgh, LA10 5BN, will play host to focus groups with farmers on 3 December from 7pm to 9.30pm. Participants will be provided with a free pub meal.

Charlotte Chivers, a student from Exeter University is carrying out focus groups with farmers to find out their thoughts on current environmental advice provisioning, in particular surrounding water pollution.

Topics to be discussed will include: how willing you would be to pay for advice in the future; how schemes such as Catchment Sensitive Farming could be improved; and whether there is a need to see more hard evidence in the future which proves or disproves whether agriculture is contributing to water pollution in the local area.

The results of this research will be disseminated to the Environment Agency and are likely to influence policy, so please consider taking part at this pivotal time.

Spaces are very limited, and members interested in taking part, are encouraged to register their interest by emailing Charlotte on