FARMERS CELEBRATE SUCCESS OF GROUP
We’re celebrating the success of our Ouseburn farming group. During its four years, it grew to become the biggest group of its kind in the north with 72 farmers and landowners learning about more environmentally friendly ways to farm.
This led to 26 Countryside Stewardship applications from farmers looking to create buffer strips, reduce fertiliser applications, take arable land out of production and installing rain water harvesting equipment.
Farmers were able to use the knowledge from the 43 workshops we delivered to improve the burns and rivers on their land, resulting in:
- 7,832 trees to shade rivers and burns and connect up the wildlife corridor
- 440m of hedge laying to slow the flow of water during heavy rainfall
- 30m of riverbank re-enforced to prevent sediment polluting the watercourse
Danielle Anderson-Hire, Farms Liaison Officer at Tyne Rivers Trust says: “It has been a fantastic project to work on and one which has delivered tangible benefits to the Tyne Rivers.”
Members have now been invited to be a part of the Princes Countryside Fund, Farms Resilience Programme, which will be starting this Autumn at Stocksfield. The programme offers free business support to family livestock and dairy farms and will be run by River Catchment Services (the consultancy arm of Tyne Rivers Trust). Find out more here.