Applications are now open for the River Tone, Parrett and Yeo Phosphorus Reduction Scheme.

Farmers and land managers in parts of the River Tone, Parrett and Yeo catchments can receive funding for adopting practices that reduce phosphorus inputs to farmland, prevent soil erosion and buffer watercourses from run-off. 


Fixed rate payments for: 

• Growing cover crops after maize.
• Growing cover crops after combinable crops.
• Fencing exclude livestock from watercourses.
• Establishing new or wider buffer strips.
• Arable reversion to zero-input grass.
• Arable reversion to low/medium-input grass.
• Arable reversion to three-year legume fallow.
• Arable reversion to three-year herbal ley.


Applications will be scored and funding awarded on a range of criteria including the predicted amount of phosphorus prevented from entering watercourses by implementation of the measure (per application and per unit area/metre), likelihood of the applicant meeting scheme requirements (as set out on the project website) and the location of the measure in relation to specific Wessex Water water recycling centres in the scheme area.


The application deadline is Thursday 28th July. 

For more information, including zoomable maps of eligible areas, terms, conditions, payment rates and how to apply: click here or you can email [email protected]