If you are a landowner in the Nene Valley within our project area you may be eligible to apply for training and grant funding.
As part of the National Lottery Heritage funded Nenescape project 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 & aid water quality.
As seen on Countryfile!
In February 2021, BBC Countryfile featured a piece on Farming for the Future and the Nene Valley. "Tom Heap explores Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley, discovering how a farmer fighting flooding has embraced wetland wildlife to make his land pay." (Available on BBC iPlayer until Jan 2022)
Scroll down for more information about the project and how you can apply.
We’re also working with farmers and landowners in the Upper Nene catchment on an ELMS Test and Trial. Please click here for more information.
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.
Types of project which could qualify
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 – September 2022.
For more information, please contact:
Helena Darragh (Nene Valley Land Adviser – Nene catchment) on T: 01604 774048, M: 07540 670229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Gardiner (Assistant Nene Valley Land Adviser – Harper’s and Willow Brook catchments) on T: 01604 774048, M: 07871 987381 or email@example.com
Application form and grant claim form
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