Check here for links to useful information regarding environmental land management, funding and legislation, and organisations working in the Calder catchment and surrounding areas.
Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot
DEFRA’s Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot will begin in October 2021. The deadline for expressions of interest is 11 April, and farmers will be selected anonymously and at random for an invitation to take part. A key part of the pilot will be giving feedback to DEFRA on how the scheme works.
SFI: DEFRA’s Plans for Piloting and Launching the Scheme:
SFI: Expressions of Interest Information:
Farming is Changing Booklet:
Farm Classifications in the UK:
Farming Forum/Defra ELMs Q&A Session:
Defra Future Farming Blog:
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.
Countryside Stewardship information from gov.uk
Countryside Stewardship Grantfinder
Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants
Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund
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.
Farming Rules for Water
Code of Good Agricultural Practice for Reducing Ammonia Emissions
Rules for Farmers and Land Managers to Prevent Water Pollution
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
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
Alternative Grazing Systems in the UK – University of Liverpool and the British Horse Society