06 January 2022
Last chance to apply for £10,000 grant
GROWERS in the Midlands have until the end of the month to apply for up to £10,000 of match funding to help make business improvements that protect water and the environment, as part of the Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS).
Dr Adam Freer, from Severn Trent, says the STEPS scheme has successfully run for six years alongside other environmental stewardship programmes, and has benefitted more than 2,400 farms, contributing to business and water quality improvements.
“With this in mind, we’ve pinpointed key issues of concern in each of our 44 priority catchments, and through the scheme, we’re encouraging farmers to choose funded options that prevent pesticides, nitrates or cryptosporidium reaching watercourses.
He said the grant offers match funding for a wide variety of infrastructure and land management improvements and encouraged growers to select a ‘priority item’ for their specific area to ensure applications are competitive.
Options include things like building pesticide washdown areas and planting cover crops.
He added that Severn Trent’s work with farmers is mutually beneficial. “While STEPS-funded investments are designed to benefit farm productivity and protect the environment, they also help to reduce treatment costs and therefore keep customers' bills as low as possible.”
To find out more about the STEPS grant, click here.