Environmental management – guidance

Catchment Sensitive Farming: reduce agricultural water pollution

How to get free advice and training to reduce diffuse water pollution from farming and claim for grants under the Capital Grant Scheme.


Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a scheme run by Natural England in partnership with the Environment Agency and The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

It raises awareness of diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA) by giving free training and advice to farmers in selected areas in England. The selected areas are called ‘priority catchments’. The aim of the advice is to improve the environmental performance of farms.

CSF is staffed by trained, qualified and experienced advisors. The advice is confidential and not disclosed to other parties.

Advice is available in priority catchment areas only. The selected catchments are those where improvements in water quality will make the greatest contribution under the Water Framework Directive objectives.

CSF complies with Article 22 of Commission Regulation (EC) EC 702/2014 on how it gives advice.

The Capital Grant Scheme (CGS) has now closed: final claims for 2014-15 must be submitted by 31 January 2015 - see How to submit a claim.

From 2015, CGS will be integrated into the new environmental land management scheme, Countryside Stewardship.

How to apply for training and advice

All CSF training and advice aims to give practical and cost-effective solutions to improve water quality through:

  • workshops
  • demonstrations
  • farm walks
  • farm events
  • one-to-one advice on solutions from groundwater protection to whole farm appraisals

You need to be in one of the priority catchment areas to qualify for training and advice.

You can see detailed maps for individual catchments on the MAGIC website.

Contact your Catchment Sensitive Farming officer (PDF, 146KB, 4 pages) to find out how to apply.

Training topics

Topics are tailored to the area and farming sector but include:

  • manure management
  • nutrient management
  • soil condition
  • pesticide management
  • farm infrastructure

You’ll also learn about:

The publications Working towards catchment sensitive farming and A guide to Catchment Sensitive Farming provide a useful summary to training and advice available.

Get further CSF or CGS documents by downloading one of the related publications and documents

Attend a training event

For details of CSF farm training events, please email farm.events@naturalengland.org.uk or call 0300 060 1695.

CSF partnership training

National partnerships

CSF has 4 national strategic partnerships to help share resources, knowledge and best practice on (DWPA) more widely. Details are available in the links below:

Catchment partnerships

In addition to the priority catchments there are 9 catchment partnerships (PDF, 191KB, 1 page) in the CSF scheme continuing to provide advice to farmers on the Capital Grant Scheme.

How to submit a claim

Submit final CGS claims by 31 January 2015. Any claims received from 1 February 2015 onwards will be rejected and not paid.

You should submit your claim form (CSF2) when you’ve completed all of the approved work and paid for it in full.

Supporting invoices and photographs, where appropriate, must be attached. Send claims to Natural England by 31 January 2015.

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF)
Natural England,
Apex Court,
City Link,
NG2 4LA.

You can claim for a grant on the VAT element of work, but you cannot reclaim it from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If you’re not VAT registered you need to fill in a VAT declaration form.

Further information about submitting claims is in the Capital Grant Scheme Handbook.

Contact the CSF team


Catchment Sensitive Farming Customer Services Team
Natural England, Apex Court,
City Link,

Email catchmentsensitivefarming@naturalengland.org.uk

Telephone: 0300 060 1111