Free advisory services available to farmers in the Portsmouth area
The Downs & Harbour Clean Water Partnership has a budget to provide a number of free services to farmers with land near Portsmouth Water drinking water boreholes and or have land adjacent to watercourses. For more information see their website Downs & Harbour Cleanwater Partnership
Services offered include
- Nutrient management plans
- Manure management plans
- Soil testing/analysis & soil nitrigen analysis
- Manure / slurry analysis
Payments for Ecosystem Services aimed at reducing nitrates in ground water and capital grants are also available from the Clean Water Partnership
Research and advice is also available to farmers in the area around Lewes and above Brighton to reduce nitrate levels in the ground water. Capital grants are available to farmers from Southern Water to help reduce the risk of pollution.
Local Enterprise Partnerships
Advice and support is available to South Downs businesses from the two LEP Growth Hubs that cover the National Park
Enterprise M3 covering East Hampshire and Winchester Districts
Coast to Capital covering West Sussex and Greater Brighton
NPA Promotes Responsible Dog Walking
The National Park Authority has recently released a series of videos aimed at promoting responsible dog walking within the National Park. There are three that may be of particular interest to landowners who have issues with dog walkers:
Printed leaflets, window stickers and dog passports are also available to any landowners should they wish to hand them out to people walking on their land.
The following useful leaflets can be ordered from the Park Authority
South Downs Countryside Code
Responsible dog walker
Livestock Worrying ReportsOver 15,000 sheep a year are being killed by dogs at a cost to farmers of around £1.3 m, and this has been extensively analysed in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW). The restrictions placed by the law have also been analysed in a Police report.The APGAW Report looks at the available evidence, current legal framework, responsible dog ownership and good practice examples. It makes a number of recommendations including the improved recording of incidences of livestock deaths/ worrying; specific changes to relevant legislation; the introduction of alternative locations for dog walking that are away from livestock; the review of the sentencing by the Ministry of Justice to act as more of a deterrent.The Police report is based on data collected by 5 Police Forces including Sussex Police between March 2013 and September 2017. During that time there were 1669 reported incidents of livestock worrying, 1866 livestock were reported killed and 1614 livestock report injured. 92 dogs were shot as a result.The reports will form the basis for discussions at the 2018 SheepWatch Conference on 22nd June which aims to find some clear shared messages, and locate channels in which to communicate to the general public across the country
South Downs National Park Authority - Farmer and landowner breakfastsMany Landowners attended the three meetings which took place in early February across the Park.
Presentations from this and previous years breakfast meetings can be seen by clicking on the appropriate link below:
- SDLM Blog14th Jun 2021Defra have published the lump ...Read More...14th Jun 2021Woodland Creation and Maintena...Read More...19th Jul 2020At the July National Park Auth...Read More...11th May 2020The new partnership management...Read More...
STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP INVITATION: WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD A RESILIENT WATER FUTURE FOR THE SOUTH EAST15th Jun 2019Southern Water, South East Wat...Read More...5th Feb 2019B&HCC are submitting a Dra...Read More...
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