Somerset Catchment Market
EnTrade is operating a Catchment Market in parts of the River Tone and Parrett catchments (including the Yeo), to improve water quality and biodiversity.
Wessex Water is offering payments to farmers to create projects on farm which improve the environment.
"This is a win-win for your farm and the environment. Wessex Water is actively supporting this approach to offset phosphorus to enable more holistic environmental benefits to be delivered than through asset improvements alone.” Ruth Barden, Director of Catchment and Environmental at Wessex Water.
These on-farm environmental projects are required to ‘offset’ nutrient and bio-diversity losses for other industries, for example water companies and building developers. Through the EnTrade Catchment Market these organisations are willing to pay farmers to implement projects which help them meet their obligations to the environment.
We invite you to express your interest to participate in this Catchment Market. Providing your land falls within the target areas shown on the maps below and your projects meet the basic criteria, you could earn a financial return.
To be eligible you need to register your interest no later than Monday 18 January 2021. There is no disadvantage to registering your interest, but you have to register your interest before this deadline in order to participate in the Catchment Market.
Please click register or view further information below.
The eligible nature-based projects include:
- Growing cover crops (including under-sown maize)
- Livestock watercourse exclusion fencing
- Hedgerow planting
- Woodland creation
- Wetland / pond creation
- Edge of field / in-field buffer strips
- Arable reversion to species rich grassland
We are on hand to support you in understanding the options we are looking for and tailoring them to your land - please get in contact with any questions or queries.
Please contact FWAG South West:
Milly Bowden (all general enquiries)
Mob: 07483 051798 Email: Milly.Bowden@fwagsw.org.uk
Jo Oborn (Tone catchment)
Roy Hayes (Parrett & Yeo)
Details of the full eligibility criteria are given below: