Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) delivers practical solutions and targeted support to enable farmers and land managers to take voluntary action to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment. There are 80 CSF Priority areas throughout the country, these areas have been targeted to help meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and improve freshwater Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), where evidence suggests that pollution from farming practices impacts significantly on water quality and aquatic habitats.

The trust is working in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to manage a CSF in Raydale, a sub catchment of upper Wensleydale. This will be carried out through working with farmers, encouraging uptake of Natural England’s stewardship schemes, providing a small capital grants scheme to improve land management and raising awareness of conservation issues.

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