Catchment Sensitive Farming is a scheme encouraging farmers and land owners to engage in careful land management that keeps diffuse pollutants below the Water Framework Directive stated levels. Targeted work is conducted both in the immediate catchment of a watercourse and further downstream. It includes managing the use of fertilisers, manures and pesticides; promoting good soil structure and rain infiltration to avoid run-off and erosion; protecting watercourses from contamination along with many other objectives. Along with free advice, a number of capital grants are also available to aid water quality improvements.
The Nene and upper Welland Catchment Sensitive Farming Partnership has recently undergone expansion and is now made up of 6 partners being Natural England, the Environment Agency, River Nene Regional Park, Anglian Water, Welland Rivers Trust and the Wildlife Trust. This collaboration allows for all aspects of resource protection to be covered by delivering the aims of Catchment Sensitive Farming through combined expertise.
Recently, Catchment Sensitive Farming grants have been incorporated into the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, with Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers providing free advice on the best use of grants and options for mid-tier agreements and standalone grants.
For more information on the scheme, please call Georgina Wallis, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for Nene and Welland Catchments on 07921 941734/01536 526436.
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The Catchment Sensitive Farming Spring 2015 newsletter is now available. [ 592KB ]
The Catchment Sensitive Farming Winter 2014 newsletter is now available. [ 322KB ]
Catchment Sensitive Farming invite you to a training event for unit 051 (Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides on own land) as a replacement for Grandfather rights.
Catchment Sensitive Farming invite you to an event to update you on several key issues such as ‘Cross-compliance’, ‘soil reviews’ and ‘Countryside Stewardship Scheme’ at Knuston Hall. Booking essential.
Catchment Sensitive Farming & the Campaign for the Farmed Environment invite you to an event to update you on: - CAP updates and implementation timing - Greening rules – crop diversification and Ecological Focus Areas - Adding value to basic EFAs - Cross-compliance changes for 2015