Grant funding available for farmers to help protect the environment - The Worcester Observer

Grant funding available for farmers to help protect the environment

Worcester Editorial 15th May, 2024   0

FARMERS in Worcestershire are being urged to apply for a hefty grant fund to help protect the environment before applications close.

Severn Trent is issuing a final call to county farms in the Worcestershire Middle Severn catchment to apply for up to £30,000 in funding to build a pesticide washdown area on their land before the window closes on May 31.

Through STEPS (Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme), farmers can apply for up to £20,000 of match funding to invest in sprayer washdown and handling areas.

A further £5,000 is available for those adding rainwater harvesting equipment to the roofed area.

Dr Adam Freer, senior catchment scientist at Severn Trent, says if projects are completed within six months, a further 25% of the cost of the washdown area is available, up to a maximum of £30,000.

A handling and washdown area provides a dedicated space where pesticides can be safely loaded into the tank and acts as a safe area for housing and cleaning the sprayer.

“We’re urging farmers to take advantage of our STEPS funding to build a washdown area and help protect water quality across the region,” said Dr Freer.

The application deadline for other STEPS funding options remains open until November 30 and is available to all types of farms, for a wide range of land management improvements.

“For example, we’ve seen the funds being put towards pesticide biofilters and precision GPS for pesticides and non-chemical weed control on grassland,” adds Dr Freer.

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