Guidance

Catchment Sensitive Farming: reduce water and air pollution

How to get free advice and training, and support with Countryside Stewardship capital grant applications to reduce water and air pollution from agriculture.

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) raises awareness of diffuse pollution from agriculture by giving free training and advice to farmers in selected areas in England. The aim of the advice is to improve the environmental performance of farms.

Advice is only available in high priority areas for water quality. These areas will contribute most to meeting Water Framework Directive and National Emissions Ceiling Directive objectives. To find priority areas and local data on MAGIC:

  • select ‘Countryside Stewardship Targeting & Scoring Layers’, then ‘Water’, then ‘Countryside Stewardship Water Quality Priority Areas (England)’ in the Table of Contents
  • enter place or postcode in ‘Map search’
  • use the ‘Identify’ tool under ‘Feature Tools’ to get local data

CSF is a project run by Natural England in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It’s staffed by trained, qualified and experienced advisors. The advice is confidential and not disclosed to other parties.

CSF complies with Article 22 of Commission Regulation (EU) No 702/2014 on how it gives advice. The amount of aid given for advisory services is limited to 1,500 euros per farmer per advisory theme.

Countryside Stewardship

CSF supports farmers applying for Mid Tier capital grants to improve water and air quality in priority areas.

Some Mid Tier capital items require written support from a Catchment Sensitive Farming officer (CSFO) as part of an application’s evidence requirement. Check the capital item requirements to find out when this is necessary.

Endorsement of a Mid Tier application by a CSFO will increase the chance of its success. Applicants who require this support should contact CSF to discuss a pre-application visit.

Training and advice

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

  • workshops
  • demonstrations
  • farm walks
  • farm events
  • one-to-one advice

You should be in one of the high priority areas for water quality to qualify for training and advice. Contact your Catchment Sensitive Farming officer for more information.

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:

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

Training events

For details of CSF farm training events, email farm.events@naturalengland.org.uk or telephone 020 8026 8780.

CSF partnerships

CSF is working with partners in the farming and water industries, government agencies and environmental bodies.

National partnerships

CSF works with national partners to run joint events and share best practice:

Long term catchment partnerships

CSF provides advice, training and support through the following partnerships.

Isle of Wight

Partners: Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency
CSFO: Lucy Temple, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Contact: lucy.temple@hiwwt.org.uk, 01983 760016 / 07739 312930

Nene and upper Welland

Partners: River Nene Regional Park, Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Wildlife Trust, Welland Rivers Trust
CSFO: Georgina Wallis, River Nene Regional Park
Contact: georgina@rnrp.org.uk, 01536 526438 / 07921 941734

Yorkshire Dales

Partner: Yorkshire Dales National Park
CSFO: Jane Le Cocq, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Contact: jane.lecocq@yorkshiredales.org.uk, 07818 048748
CSFO: Hannah Fawcett, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Contact: Hannah.Fawcett@yorkshiredales.org.uk, 01969 652391

Nidd

Partners: Nidderdale AONB (Harrogate Borough Council), Yorkshire Water
CSFO: Marian Wilby, Nidderdale AONB
Contact: marian.wilby@harrogate.gov.uk, 01423 712950

Loddon

Partner: Affinity Water (working with South East Water)
CSFO: Amanda Ingham, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Contact: amanda.ingham@hiwwt.org.uk, 01256 381017 or 07796 387872

Hertfordshire and Essex catchments (Roding, Beam & Ingerbourne, Colne & Upper Lee)

Partner: Environment Agency
CSFO: Emma Boyle, Environment Agency
Contact: emma.boyle@environment-agency.gov.uk, 020 8474 7304 or 07760 408196
CSFO: Rosemary Robinson
Contact: rosemary.robinson@naturalengland.org.uk, 07500 793028

Short-term collaborative projects

CSF also collaborates on projects with partners such as rivers trusts, universities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). For example, in collaboration with East Devon AONB we are helping farmers reduce sediment and phosphate loads in the River Axe, a site of special scientific interest and Special Area of Conservation.

Contact

Catchment Sensitive Farming customer services

Natural England
PO Box 247
Cambridge
CB2 2WW

Published 9 September 2014
Last updated 18 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. CSF is also working to improve air quality.
  2. Replaced catchment partnerships attachment with updated version.
  3. Details of new Countryside Stewardship water grant scheme added.
  4. reminder that final Capital Grant Scheme claims need to be submitted by 31 January 2015.
  5. added details of new Countryside Stewardship scheme
  6. Updated Catchment Sensitive Farming officer contact list
  7. First published.