Farming for the Future intends to offer grants and support to encourage the restoration and creation of meadows and wetlands alongside the river. These margins will provide a haven for wildflowers and wildlife and will help to provide a buffer between river and land by soaking up water from the river and absorbing pollutants from farmland.
Grazing animals will be kept away from the riverbank which will also help to improve water quality whilst the trees and hedges will provide habitats for fish and insects in the river. There is a grants scheme to aid landowners in making improvements.
River Nene Regional Park will be working with the Wildlife Trust and local farmers to deliver this and the Nenescape team will help create some exciting ways to find out about the history of haymaking and the memories of farming traditions along the Nene. Watch the video below for more information.
If you're a landowner or farmer in the Nene Valley and interested in making environmental improvements to the land you look after or helping the public understand the work you do, please click here to find out more about applying for a grant.