Farming for the Future

Wider Countryside

Farming for the Future

Conservation cattle grazing - Matthew Roberts

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 Heritage Lottery 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.

Scroll down for more information about the project and how you can apply.

Dragonfly

Restoring nature

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.

Pyramidal Orchid at Barnack Hills and Holes NNR

Pyramidal Orchid at Barnack Hills and Holes NNR by Sarah Lambert

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 – December 2020.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Helena Darragh (Nene Valley Land Adviser) on T: 01604 774048, M: 07540 670229 or helena.darragh@wildlifebcn.org.

Farming for the Future project boundary
Heritage Lottery Fund