Grants scheme will provide benefits after record number of applications flow
Farmbusiness.cc, October 30th
The Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative is making a record £21.5 million available this year to help farmers carry out improvement works that will improve drinking water quality and enhance local wetland environments
From Northumberland to Cornwall and Cumbria to Kent, farmers in 75 priority catchment areas of England submitted more than 3,000 applications for funding from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) capital grants scheme this year.
Natural England said today (30 October 2012) that more than 9 out of 10 applications received were successful and grants totaling £21.5m have now been allocated.
The CSF Capital Grants Scheme, which is run by Natural England, offers up to 50% funding for carrying out practical works that boost the health of England’s precious streams, rivers, meres and mosses by improving water quality and reducing pollution from agricultural activity. More than 40 types of project are eligible for funding and the grant scheme is open to farmers and land managers in the CSF scheme’s priority areas.
The grants will help England’s farmers to roof over livestock feeding areas, separate clean and dirty water in farmyards, install new livestock and machinery tracks, fence off water courses to exclude livestock, and install rainwater harvesting equipment. The grant funding can also be used to create sediment ponds and install bio beds and sprayer wash-down areas to reduce pesticide run off into watercourses.