Check here for links to useful information regarding environmental land management, funding and legislation, and organisations working in the Calder catchment and surrounding areas.


Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities in the Calder catchment.

Natural Flood Management Landowner Grants

In the Todmorden area (application window Tuesday 15 June – Monday 2 August 2021)


National Level Funding Information


Future Farming: Defra blog post about new schemes to be rolled out by 2024

Sustainable Farming Incentive

DEFRA’s Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot will begin in October 2021. The deadline for expressions of interest was 11 April 2021, and Defra has invited all farmers who expressed interest to submit a full application to the pilot. A key part of the pilot will be giving feedback to DEFRA on how the scheme works.

Countryside Stewardship

Countryside Stewardship Schemes will remain open for applications in 2022, 2023 and 2024. It will be possible for farmers to transfer from their existing Countryside Stewardship agreement to the new Environmental Land Management Agreements without penalty when the Scheme rolls out in 2024.


Carbon capture is an important topic for farmers. Not only will increasing carbon capture on farms attract future funding, but it also has the potential to increase agricultural productivity.

The Farm Carbon Toolkit


Agrecalc carbon footprint calculating tool


Cool Farm Tool online greenhouse gas, water and biodiversity calculator


Farmers Weekly carbon calculator comparison article


AHDB Carbon Week Webinar Recordings

Understanding Low Carbon Farming


Understanding fertilisers, carbon emissions, and what you can do about them


Carbon Footprinting – Save the planet and make money


The Ins and Outs of Carbon in the Soil – Measurement and management


Supply Chains Requirements – Building a narrative

Water Quality and Pollution Prevention

Diffuse pollution can have major impacts on ecosystems, habitats and communities downstream.

Woodland Creation and Management

Woodlands offer a land management solution with the potential to store large amounts of carbon, to provide habitats for a range of wildlife and plant life, and to attract future funding for farmers under environmental schemes.

Countryside Stewardship: Woodland Creation and Maintenance Grant




How Trees Benefit Farms: Tim Downes, Shropshire for the Woodlands Trust

Link to Video


The Benefits of Woodland Creation on Farmland: The Forestry Commission

Link to Video


The Soil Association: Agroforestry


Forestry Commission Guidance on Woodland Creation


The Role of Trees in Sheep Farming: The Woodland Trust and NSA

Soil Health

Learning more about your soils can help you to make more informed land management decisions.

The Good Soil Guide


Sustainable Landscapes


AHDB GreatSoils Healthy Grassland Soils Assessment Factsheet

Grassland Management for Equestrian Property

Grazing horses can cause damage to grassland, causing poaching of the soils, soil compaction, run-off and loss of biodiversity. By carefully managing equine grazing we can reduce these problems and contribute to a better countryside for everyone.

Natural Flood Management and Horses


Managing Grasslands for Horses – The Wildlife Trusts


Grass and Pasture Management for Horses – British Horse Society

BHS Pasture Managment 2019


Alternative Grazing Systems in the UK – University of Liverpool and the British Horse Society

Alternative Grazing Systems in the UK