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Grants for River Severn landowners.

LANDOWNERS and farmers can now check if they are eligible for grants from the Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme.

The scheme provides grants to farmers for infrastructure projects that prevent pesticide and diffuse pollution in the River Severn and its tributaries.

It will pay a fixed price for each capital item, up to a maximum of PS5,000.

This could total up to PS25,000 if grants are applied for annually, said Sarah Hulland, a chartered rural surveyor with Halls.

The voluntary scheme is funded by Severn Trent Water and set to run for five years.

"It is a competitive scheme but does not need to be match funded," said Sarah.

Landowners will be eligible if their holding - or part holding - is within the Severn Trent Water Catchment Area, and falls within an Environmental Agency Safe Guard Zone (SGZ).

Capital Item projects could include drinking troughs, watercourse fencing, pasture pumps, supply pipes, and roofing for slurry stores and livestock holding areas.

Grants are also available for catch crops, rainwater harvesting, field drainage and livestock removal from high risk fields. There's also a 'farmer innovation' option.

Details: Sarah Hulland, |01562 820880.

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