Farming for the Future; improving riverine habitats in the Nene Valley

We are working with farmers and landowners in the Nene Valley from Northampton to Peterborough to help restore and create meadow and wetland habitats as well as undertake vital infrastructural improvements to tackle diffuse pollution and aid water quality.

 Grants are available for wildflower meadow improvements

Grants are available for wildflower meadow improvements

 Farming for the Future will celebrate the heritage of farming in the Nene Valley

Farming for the Future will celebrate the heritage of farming in the Nene Valley

Training courses on environmental farm management will be offered to landowners via Moulton College. We will also gather information and memories about the farming history of the Nene Valley and help celebrate its important role in shaping the heritage of the valley.

The river and its surrounding habitats provide valuable homes to a range of wildlife such as dragonflies, birds and butterflies. Many meadows have been lost in the past, whilst remaining wetland habitats can be difficult to manage. This project will offer grant funding and specialist advice to create and restore habitats and tackle diffuse pollution.

 The effects of meadow restoration

The effects of meadow restoration

The types of project which could qualify are;

•    Arable reversion to meadow
•    Restoration of species poor pasture to meadow
•    Wetland restoration capital projects
•    Infrastructure projects to benefit water quality

Funding can include wildflower seed, fencing materials & restoring water features. In-kind match contribution is expected from landowners through undertaking the work and future management. We are looking for potential sites now, with grant funding available for work in July 2018 – December 2020. Sites must be located within the project boundary marked in green below:

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If you're interested, please download the handbook, application form and claim form below.

Handbook (coming soon)

 

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Application form

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Claim form

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For more information, please contact Helena Darragh (Nene Valley Land Adviser) on T: 01694 744048, M: 07540 670229 or helena.darragh@wildlifebcn.org.