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The Countryside Stewardship (CS) facilitation fund is a Natural England scheme that supports people and organisations that bring farmers, foresters, and other land managers together to improve the local natural environment at a landscape scale.
Funding is awarded to successful applications which show partnership and a collective approach across holdings. This scheme offers an uplift in points should you wish to enter or renew your agri-environment agreement. However you do not have to be in an agreement to participate.
The North Wessex Downs AONB is offering to support a group of new or existing land managers (farmers, foresters and/or others) - there is no obligation to sign up, just come and listen.
Entomologist Dr Cyril Bennet explained the importance of understanding exactly the condition of our rivers today so that we can protect them for the future using the latest techniques in invertebrate monitoring.
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Action for the River Kennet (ARK) was thrilled to accept an award for achieving Outstanding (the highest level) for Stonebridge Wild River Reserve, including Stonebridge Meadow, Marlborough in the It’s Your Neighbourhood awards at a the South West in Bloom ceremony held last week in Taunton.
The meadow is jointly owned by ARK and Marlborough Town Council. The project was described as ‘excellent throughout’. The judges particularly praised the exceptional level of public involvement and community engagement. Their comments included references to the huge diversity of wildlife present, good links with local schools, the conservation grazing sheep, the wetland and the extensive tree planting to create a native hedge for wildlife.
“Stonebridge is a long-term project and has had, and continues to have, input from so many individuals and groups of all ages. Most of it would be impossible without our brilliant volunteers, who muck in to a variety of tasks in all weathers, throughout the seasons. From river restoration to hedge maintenance, litter picking to wildlife surveying. I would also like to acknowledge the input from Marlborough Town Council, particularly Head Groundsman Richard Beale.”, said ARK Project Officer Anna Forbes. For the full Press Release click here
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