SCaMP 1 & 2


We own 56,000 hectares of land in the North West, which we hold to protect the quality of water entering the reservoirs.

Much of this land is home to nationally significant habitats for animals and plants, with around 30% designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Our Sustainable Catchment Management Programme (SCaMP for short) began in 2005 with the aim of benefitting both water and wildlife through improved catchment management. SCaMP 1 (2005 to 2010) included projects across 27,000 hectares of our water catchment areas in the Peak District and the Forest of Bowland. Working with farm tenants and in conjunction with partners, such as the RSPB, Natural England and the Forestry Commission, we invested £10.6 million in moorland restoration, woodland management, farm infrastructure improvements and watercourse protection.

Following on from the success of SCaMP 1, water industry regulators Ofwat, DWI, Environment Agency and Natural England supported further investment for catchment management between 2010 and 2015. During this time we invested a further £11.6 million in SCaMP 2 across 30,000 hectares in Cumbria and South Lancashire which included 53 separate farms, agricultural land and common land.
To allow land to start to recover and to establish woodlands, significant changes were required to agricultural practices and often a reduction in livestock numbers. Undertaking SCaMP improvements allowed farmers to access additional agri-environment income for ten years. Natural England and the Forestry Commission provided grants totalling £2.7 million towards the cost of the work.

For us and our customers this initiative will help to:

  • protect and improve water quality
  • reduce the rate of increase in raw water colour which will reduce future revenue costs
  • reduce or delay the need for future capital investment for additional water treatment
  • deliver government targets for SSSIs
  • ensure a sustainable future for the company's agricultural tenants
  • enhance and protect the natural environment
  • permit our moorland habitat to become more resilient to long term climate change
  • allow our healthy upland peat moors to absorb significant volumes of carbon from the atmosphere

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