How to get free advice and training to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture and claim for capital grants under the Countryside Stewardship water capital grants scheme.


Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a project 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.

From 2 March 2015 water capital grants will be available as part of the government’s wider Countryside Stewardship scheme. The CSF project will continue to manage water grant applications. For more detail see the water grant scheme: summary of dates and information for 2015 to 2016 (PDF, 109KB, 2 pages) .

How to apply for a water capital grant

Farmers and land managers can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per holding. These grants are for infrastructure works to help reduce water pollution from agriculture.

See the Countryside Stewardship water capital grants page for details on:

  • how to apply for a water grant
  • eligibility
  • options available
  • how to get paid

When to apply

Applications are open from 2 March to 30 April 2015. Copies of all relevant consents, permissions and exemptions must be sent with the application. In some cases, these supporting documents can be accepted until 29 May 2015, but applicants must first get permission from Natural England.

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 CSF officer 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 information by downloading one of the related publications and documents.

Attend a training event

For details of CSF farm training events, please email 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 10 catchment partnerships (PDF, 191KB, 1 page) in the CSF scheme continuing to provide advice to farmers on the Countryside Stewardship water capital grants.

Contact the CSF team


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

Email: Telephone: 0300 060 1111