One of South West’s less visible but important assets is its soils. From the peat soils of Dartmoor, to the Somerset Levels they all provide the raw material for both food production and the environment we all enjoy.
Maintaining and improving the regions soils will be a feature of the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM’s) that Defra will be introducing over the next 3 years as the Basic Payment Scheme method of supporting farmers is removed.
2022 brings the first element of this change with the introduction of grassland and arable soils standards under the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) which is open to all farmers (including those currently in Countryside Stewardship). Applications open in June.
It offers payments between £28 and £58/ha on improved grass and £22 and £40/ ha on arable land for documenting the condition of the soil and testing for soil organic matter, introducing herbal grass mixtures, and reducing soil erosion. BIP is offering these workshops aimed at helping farmers and landowners understand their soils and how they will be able take part in this first element of the SFI.
The workshop will cover:
This workshop is available to any farmer or land manager in Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall, or the Isles of Scilly currently in receipt of BPS payments.