Working closely with farmers in the Welland catchment, the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) Project aims to raise awareness of, and reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA) by giving free training and advice to farmers. The aim of this advice is to improve the environmental performance of farms.
CSF training and advice aims to give practical and cost-effective solutions to improve water quality through:
- farm walks
- farm events
- one-to-one advice on solutions from groundwater protection to whole farm appraisals
Support is available across the upper Welland Catchment, however some grants and guidance is limited only to the Stonton Brook Subcatchment, as this is a high priority area for water quality. This is due to a range of contributing factors that mean it will benefit significantly from targeted CSF guidance.
The CSF project is run by Natural England in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). In the Welland and Nene catchments, the Catchment Sensitive Farming officer (CSFO) is Georgina Wallis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition to its primary role of reducing DWPA, the CSF project supports farmers applying for Countryside Stewardship to improve water quality and biodiversity and to reduce flood risk. There are several grants available to farmers including funding for upgraded pesticide handling area, roofing, concreting and hardcore tracks. The CSFO can support and endorse Countryside Stewardship applications, increasing the chance of success for holdings targeted for water quality outcomes.