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CSF Update

CSF Update

Georgina Wallis, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer attended a National CSF Partnerships meeting in DEFRA Nobel House, London on Tuesday 4th April to discuss the work that the CSF catchments partnerships are doing across the country and to provide future ideas and feedback to Natural England. 


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Here we will provide regular updates on the project in the local area, including upcoming events and funding opportunities.


Countryside Stewardship Application Period

Countryside Stewardship Application PeriodNOW OPEN

The third year of the Countryside Stewardship scheme has opened for applications. As of Friday 10th March, farmers and land managers can apply for the Mid Tier and Higher Tier of Countryside Stewardship. Catchment Sensitive Farming is focused on providing advice and guidance on the Mid Tier of Countryside Stewardship, which offers 5-year agreements for environmental improvements in the wider countryside, such as reducing diffuse water pollution or improving the environment for birds, pollinators and farm wildlife. There are also a number of capital grants available. Mid Tier applications need to be submitted by 30 September 2017 and you need to request a Mid Tier application pack by 31 July. The application window will close on 30 September 2017. For more information on Countryside Stewardship in the Nene and Welland catchments please call Georgina Wallis on 07921 941734. You can see more about the scheme by going to: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-get-paid-for-environmental-land-management

LERAPS Pesticide workshop

LERAPS Pesticide workshopPresentation & Thanks

On the 21st March we delivered a pesticide handling a LERAPS workshop, discussing best practice advise around pesticide handling and usage. We also looked into the LERAP regulations and advised farmers on how to remain compliant. We received good feedback and will be running similar events in the future. Thank you to our speakers Jo Gass, Environment Agency, Tom Edmondson, Anglian Water and Chris Tolley, who all gave fantastic presentations. You can see some of the guidance given in Chris’s presentation below. 

EVENT: Sustainable farming to get the most from organic materials - 2nd December 2016

This free event will cover the sustainable use of organic materials, including digestate, slurry, compost and manures. Anna Becvar of Earthcare Technical will discuss recent findings on the effects that these additives have on soil health, including earthworms and Soil Organic Matter. There will also be discussions on the effects these materials have on the surrounding environment and will discuss best practice application and usage.

Catchment Sensitive Farming Specialist Visits

Free one-to-one advice visits are still available on topics such as farm infrastructure audits, pesticide handling facilities, soil and nutrient management, as well as free fertiliser spreader and pellet applicator calibration. The advice you receive will be confidential and tailored to you farm business.

If you would like a full list of the types of visits on offer, or would like a general Catchment Sensitive Farming visit please get in contact with Georgina Wallis on: 07921941734 or 01536 526438 or georgina@rnrp.org

Advice visits can be arranged at a time to suit you and please take advantage whilst they are still FREE.

Using Countryside Stewardship for your farm’s wildlife, pollinators and cleaner water

Using Countryside Stewardship for your farm’s wildlife, pollinators and cleaner water A free workshop hosted by Catchment Sensitive Farming and Campaign for the Farmed Environment.

Catchment Sensitive Farming and the CFE invite you to a breakfast meeting on using Countryside Stewardship for your farm’s wildlife, pollinators and cleaner water.

The event is being held at Maidford Village Hall on Tuesday 19 July 2016 (7.45am – 10am)

Please click here for the full event details and how to book on.



FWAG

A Fresh Start for East Midlands FWAG

For over forty years, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group has helped farmers to integrate wildlife friendly agricultural practices into their commercial farming businesses.

The aims of the group are as relevant now as they were then and now, three former Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group advisers have joined forces to form East Midlands FWAG. 

Remote Sensing Data Pilot in the Stonton Brook

Remote sensing data focused on predicting areas at risk of run-off will be used to guide discussion with farmers to adopt practical improvements on the ground. The Stonton Brook sub catchment will be a pilot area for this approach and will allow for areas at risk of run-off to be identified, based on slopes and other environment factors, combined with farmers’ own knowledge. 

Yardley Whittlewood Ridge: Increasing woodland connectivity and restoring ancient woodland

The Woodland Trust is working with partners and landowners to increase woodland cover and connectivity on the Yardley Whittlewood Ridge. By joining pockets of woods and trees and protecting and enhancing ancient woodland remnants wildlife will benefit, ancient woodland will be safeguarded and land protected for the future.
 
If you own land in the Yardley Whittlewood Ridge please read the leaflet here for further information.

Free Pesticide Handling Best Practice Workshop

Run by:  David Felce (AGRII), Georgina Wallis (CSFO Nene & Welland) and Anglian Water

Come along and refresh your knowledge on good practice of pesticide handling. David Felce of Agrii will discuss practical solutions for pesticide handling and application as well as: 

- Pesticide handling & washdown areas

- Changing legislation & grandfather rights

- Anglian Water update

- How Catchment Sensitive Farming Grants can help

 

To be held on Tuesday 29th March 2016

7pm - 9pm

Moulton College Management Centre, Gate 4, Moulton College, Pitsford Road, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7QL 

(Directions can be found at: http://thevenue.moulton.ac.uk/contact-us)

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Catchment Sensitive Farming Events - January 2016

The aim of our farm visits and events is to provide you with the knowledge needed to implement best practice soil, nutrient, manure and pesticide management, including infrastructure improvements, new technologies and grand schemes relevant to your farming business. The events provide a fantastic opportunity to ask questions face to face.
Campaign for the Farmed Environment Events & Field Mix Offer

Campaign for the Farmed Environment Events & Field Mix Offer

Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) are running two events this November and places are filling fast so please book as soon as possible.

Both events will be covering green covers, greening and cross compliance with speakers from CFE, Kings and the Farm Advice Service.

CFE are also promoting their Environmental Seeds offer for 2015. 

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The Countryside Stewardship Water Capital Grants for 2015 Are Now Open

The Countryside Stewardship Water Capital Grants 2015 are now open. Due to the targeted nature of the scheme this information is not being emailed to customers, information and guidancehas been published on GOV.UK. Grants on a range of capital items are available for farm infrastructure improvements to reduce water pollution from agriculture. The maximum grant payable is £10,000. The grants are available to farmers in CSF target areas only.

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