Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund
In early 2018 the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project (LCSP) was awarded over £43,500 to run a Facilitation Fund group with farmers and landowners along the Great Eau catchment over three years.
Since the start of the project the funding has enabled the LCSP to facilitate the delivery of workshops and presentations to demonstrate and discuss farming techniques to help protect and improve the chalk stream habitat along the Great Eau corridor.
Newsletters to landowners
May 2018 - Drone workshop with Hummingbird Ltd - demonstrating efficiencies through technology
Nov 2018 - Soil compaction workshop with Philip Wright
Dec 2018 - Mink control training workshop with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Mar 2019 - Visit to Lincoln University agriculture demonstration site to view flood management scheme
Apr 2019 - Direct drilling site visit with Phil Jarvis
Jan 2020 - RSPB Hope Farm presentation - working with wildlife on a profit making farm
Feb 2020 - Great Eau catchment meeting with EA, Anglian Water, IDB and CSF
Our partners at the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service have been working with local consultants to deliver a Facilitation Fund with farmers and landowners along the Bluestone Heath Corridor, to secure and reinforce environmental improvements, sharing best practice and deliver training on priorities across farm holdings through to the wider positive improvements to the landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.
The Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund rewards groups of farmers for coming together to work out the best ways to improve the natural environment across their land, providing habitats for wildlife on a landscape scale to better aid conservation of important species.
The funding is for a person or organisation (facilitator) to help a group of farmers and other land managers work together to:
• improve the natural environment at a landscape rather than single-farm scale • achieve greater improvements than individual holdings could on their own
Countryside Stewardship is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Natural England provides technical advice in support of the scheme.
At the beginning of 2018 Farming Minister George Eustice said:
"We are delighted to welcome 37 new groups, with over 700 members, to the highly successful Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund scheme.
This fund is contributing to an important step change in nature conservation by encouraging and supporting people who bring farmers, foresters and other land managers together to improve the local natural environment at a landscape scale.
It is particularly encouraging to see how many high quality applications we received, which we hope to replicate across the Countryside Stewardship scheme due to simpler wildlife offers being introduced this year."