A Community Guide to Your Water Environment
Water is something we tend to take for granted. This Guide, which has been produced with support from Defra and the Catchment Based Approach, aims to help you understand the importance of the water in your local environment.
Triple C Project
Triple C is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is a trans-national project looking to implement a set of cost-effective actions to reduce flooding and erosion. The project partners are based in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK and FWAG SW are delivering the Somerset element of the project, working with Somerset County Council who are the project lead partners. The project will run from autumn 2016 until the summer of 2020 and is expected to cost £540,000 with 60% funded by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme.
ILD – Integrated Local Delivery
Inspiring and Enabling Local Communities: An integrated delivery model for localism and the environment.
Carrant Catchment Restoration Project
Supporting landowners in the Carrant, Squitter and Washbourne Brook catchments between Bredon, Dumbleton and Oxenton Hill to restore natural habitats and create vital corridors for wildlife.
South & West Somerset Catchment Partnership
FWAG SW hosts the Somerset Catchment Partnership which comprises a range of organisations dedicated to working together to improve the water environment and provide wider benefits at a catchment scale.
Wessex Diffuse Water Pollution Programme
Since 2012 FWAG SW has been working with partners, including the Environment Agency, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Wessex Water, to provide advice to farmers in the Wessex Region; more specifically Poole Harbour, Stour and Hampshire Avon catchments, on management they can undertake to increase nitrogen use efficiency.
The parish of Siston in South Gloucestershire is notable for large areas of common that extend across the parish, now impacted and fragmented by modern urban pressures. These ancient historic open areas of species rich grassland, scrub and woodland are at constant threat from encroachment, urbanisation, development, public pressure and other unsuitable uses.
Hills to Levels
‘Hills to Levels’ is a holistic catchment management approach across catchments in Somerset, aiming to ‘slow the flow’ to reduce flood risk, reduce erosion, improve water quality, deliver wider environmental benefits and increase resilience on the floodplains. The Hills to Levels approach offers capital grants for and advice on Natural Flood Management (NFM) techniques, supported by a range of different funding bodies and sub-projects.
Hills to Levels Multiple Benefits Project
The Hills to Levels Multiple Benefits Project is funded by the Environment Programme (Water Environment Improvement Fund WFD GiA) and is a partnership project between the Environment Agency and FWAG SW. It is part of the wider ‘Hills to Levels’ approach in Somerset.
Black Poplar Planting Project
The Black Poplar Planting Project commemorates the centenary of WW1 1914-1918, while also working to ensure the long-term survival of our native black poplar trees.
Free Trees for Community Spaces:
Over the years 2014 – 2018 the Black Poplar Planting Project will provide 100 black poplar saplings free of charge to community spaces. These will be supplied in pairs, 1 male and 1 female, of genetically rare native black poplars.
Dorset Wild Rivers
Dorset Wild Rivers is a Wessex Water funded partnership project. The project focuses on Dorset’s priority rivers and aims to achieve the restoration of over 5km of river habitat and seven new wetland enhancement schemes. The project aims to engage with farmers in specific catchments to share knowledge and bring about lasting benefits to the ecology of the river habitat.
Farm Plastics Recycling Scheme
FWAG began the farm plastic recycling scheme in 2004 to provide farmers with a responsible, environmentally sound way to dispose of farm plastics.
FWAG SouthWest is delighted to announce the launch of the Rest Assured Project. This project will be offering support throughout the region to the older generation of farmers and to those struggling with regulation.
South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership
Linking the Ridgeway Project. Corn bunting and cornflowers are two of the species targeted for conservation by the new Linking the Ridgeway project in Dorset.
The project forms part of the wider South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, part funded by the National Lottery the project focuses on a network of high ground south of Dorchester, running from Eggardon Hill, Askerswell down to Osmington’s White Horse.
The Cotswold Water Park WILD Project (Water with Integrated Local Delivery) is a three year project set within the Cotswold Water Park, it aims to improve water quality and biodiversity in order to meet the demands of EU legislation.
Campaign for the Farmed Environment
FWAG SouthWest delivers the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) across the South West. The Campaign encourages farmers and land managers to protect and enhance the environmental value of farmland, through environmental measures that sit alongside productive agriculture.
Upper Thames Catchment Partnership
Water management is changing, with management techniques taking into consideration the whole of river catchments.
This new approach has recently been adopted by the Government and FWAG SW has played a leading role in the development of the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) through the pilot phase of the Upper Thames Catchment project based in the cotswolds.