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Catchment Sensitive Farming Ammonia event in Wensley

Catchment Sensitive Farming


   Drop-in sessions at our Orton office are every 2 months on the first Wednesday- see our farming events page for more details!


Introduction to Catchment Sensitive Farming

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is funded by Defra, supported by Natural England (NE), the Environment Agency (EA) and the Forestry Commission (FC).

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) works with farmers and partners across England to produce food in a way that protects:

  • water
  • air
  • soil

CSF provides locally informed, confidential, on-farm advice to help you make decisions on:

  • soil management
  • nutrient, slurry, and manure management
  • ammonia emission reduction
  • farm infrastructure and machinery set-up
  • pesticide handling
  • water resources and natural flood management
  • local environmental priorities
  • land management
  • agricultural transition, including grants

The partnership provides local expert advice, training and grant support to enable farmers to take voluntary action to improve the environment and their farm business.

Working with farmers and landowners to improve the condition of rivers is one of the objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.

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The Yorkshire Dales Catchment Partnership (YDCP)

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) delivers CSF within the National Park in partnership with NE and working very closely with the EA and other stakeholders. We have been working on CSF since 2009.

The aim of the YDCP is to reduce the amount of pollution in rivers, groundwater and other aquatic habitats as well as air pollution caused by farming operations. The main pollution targets within the YDCP area are for Phosphate and sediment in watercourses.  We offer confidential, free advice and events to farmers to help them to improve the water quality of rivers and streams and air quality.

One of the most popular parts of Catchment Sensitive Farming has been the access to the stand alone Water Capital Grant under the Countryside Stewardship scheme. This grant gives people the chance to apply for farm infrastructure improvements that would help to reduce the risk of diffuse water and air pollution, and make a real difference on the farm. When successful, applicants can receive funding for capital items towards these improvement works. The grant can be applied for online and has been extremely effective.

Water capital items can be applied for as part of Mid-Tier, Higher Tier, or existing HLS schemes or as a stand alone Capital Grant. More information on current and future agri-environment and Environmental Land Management schemes can be found on our Countryside Stewardship pages.

To find out more about how we can help you with Catchment Sensitive Farming or other schemes, please contact us by:


More details about CSF