New water and woodland grants for farmers
Environment Minister, Dan Rogerson, has announced that Natural England will be accepting applications for Water Capital Grants from 2nd March.
Providing £10 million worth of government funding to the farm industry, the grants will help fund new projects to reduce the impact agriculture can have on water quality.
Farmers, land managers and foresters are also being encouraged to apply for Woodland Capital Grants, worth a total of £4 million, to create new woodland.
The Water and Woodland Capital Grants make up the first phase of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. To be rolled out in full in the summer, Countryside Stewardship will commit around £900 million to improving the environment over the next six years.