Agricultural Muck Spreading

In our county, odours arising from farming activities are quite common. During the autumn, farmers spread fertilisers or soil conditioners onto the field (commonly known as muck spreading.)

Farmers are encouraged to use DEFRA’s Codes of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Water, Air and Soil to minimise when muck spreading.

For further information from DEFRA see DEFRA’s Codes of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Water, Air and Soil

You can contact DEFRA on:

Email: Defra.helpline@dfra.gsi.gov.uk

Website www.defra.gov.uk

Tel: 03459 33 55 77

It is accepted that there is to be a certain degree of odour arising from this activity. If odour is experienced for a prolonged period, and its source is identifiable, the Environmental Protection Team can investigate to establish whether it is causing a statutory nuisance. To contact us telephone 01225 477551. For further information click ‘Odour.’

FAQ’s

  1. How often can someone muck spread?

  2. Can they do it 2 days in a row?
  3. How much can they spread?
  4. Who is allowed to muck spread?
  5. Where and what can be spread?
  6. Are there any times spreading is not allowed?
  7. At what point can the council take action?

Answers

  1. There is no limit.

  2. Yes they can.
  3. Please contact Defra for further information, or telephone 03459 33 55 77 Mon-Fri 8am-6pm.
  4. There is no simple answer to this; however some operations may need a license which is issued by the Environment Agency. For further information, you should contact The Environment Agency, Tel 0800 807060 (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency)
  5. Further information about what can be spread and best practices, can be found in the DEFRA document A Code of Good Agriculture Practice (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/268691/pb13558-cogap-131223.pdf)
  6. No, there are no restrictions.
  7. Due to the usually short duration of the activity, it is unlikely to be deemed as a statutory nuisance, and therefore we would not be able to take action. If odour is experienced for a prolonged period, and its source is identifiable, the Environmental Protection Team can investigate to establish whether it is causing a statutory nuisance. To contact us telephone 01225 477551. For further information, click Odour.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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