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.
WILDLIFE, communities and local economies are reaping the benefits of England's new Nature Improvement Areas, according to a report published on the 14th November.
The Nene Valley is one of these twelve Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) set up by the government in 2012, which have helped farmers to access EU grants, made valuable contributions towards university research and boosted the £210 billion rural economy.
They've also attracted outside investment – more than £730,000 from business partners and £7.8 million from NGOs and not-for-profit organisations.