Help for Forgotten Farms
This is one module of our ‘Lune Top to Bottom and Side to Side’ project which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, through the Water Environment Grant programme. Since 2019 we have been working with farmers in the Tebay and Wenning areas. As these two areas are not in the higher tier of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, it was difficult for farmers to access funds to carry out interventions on their farms that would produce environmental benefits. We have worked, in conjunction with local specialists, to provide assessments and advice to farmers in these areas. This has been to identify potential issues with the farm and highlight areas where pragmatic interventions could have a benefit for the farm and for the environment (particularly the rivers). The project has also been able to fund a considerable number of small/ medium sized interventions. The project is set to run until March 2022.