TO put it bluntly, the Wye is Herefordshire’s principal brand: the name appears in major organisations and business such as the NHS trust, area of outstanding natural beauty, valley walk etc.

It is critical to the county’s image and prosperity.

Sadly, the problem of the Wye’s demise has hit the headlines locally, regionally and nationally.

In last week’s episode of the hit prime time BBC TV programme Gone Fishing, the Wye’s sewage and phosphate pollution problems were discussed by the presenters, knowledgeably and despairingly, with the current government and water companies being held to account.


However, there are reports of some progress with a cross border commission to be established to examine and address the problem.

The claim by some, here, is that this could be kicking the can further down the road when what is required is immediate action such as establishing the Wye catchment as a water protection zone, giving it much greater means of protection from pollution.

At the battle front there is some cause for optimism with the recent Hereford Times report (October 6) of the John and Joe Orgee farm in Much Cowarne, in partnership with other principal stakeholders, building wetlands to mitigate the effects of possible phosphate pollution.


It is heartening to know that most land and riparian owners are clearly said to have ‘a deep affection for their waterways and their flora and fauna’ and are equally concerned about current issues.

Finally, recently it was reported that Shropshire boasts that the Teme will soon be designated as fit for bathing.

Here, the wait continues.



Much Cowarne


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