Since 1998 the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have been offering land management advice to farmers and landowners and assisting with the applications for grant schemes to fund the delivery of such advice. In 2000, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust assisted farmers and landowners through the Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Project with funding to plant over 200ha of new native tree planting under the Forestry Commission JIGSAW Planting Grant. In 2004, LEADER+ funded the Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscapes Project and during this 3 year project 106 farmers were visited and 83 agri-environment schemes were agreed across 5,000ha of the Island’s farmland. This work continued until September 2009 with core funding from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and financial support from the Environment Agency and the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund. In 2009 the Isle of Wight Catchment Sensitive Farming project was established and has worked with farmers since then.
IW CSF Steering Committee
The Steering Committee Consists of the following organisations:
- Natural England
- Environment Agency
- Natural Enterprise
- National Farmers Union
- Country Landowners and Businesses Association
- Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Funding & Partners
IWCSF is funded by the Environment Agency and England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative and delivered by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.