The Mease partnership seeks to work with farmers to protect the Mease and the wider environment, whilst maintaining a viable farm business.
Many farmers across the Mease are already involved in schemes to protect water quality and to create habitats. Many are also involved in a farmer discussion group, referred to as the ‘Mease Farmer Facilitation Group’. If you are interested in joining this discussion group, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As a farmer or a landowner there is a range of management and capital works that will help to protect and enhance the river.
Below is a range of information and web links to find out more.
In this section:
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Reduce Diffuse Water Pollution through Catchment Sensitive Farming
- Woodland planting and Management
- Be a Responsible Watercourse Owner
- Control invasive species on your land
The River Mease partnership works with landowners to deliver river restoration schemes on the River Mease and its tributaries as well as phosphate reduction and sediment trapping schemes through the DCS fund throughout the River Mease catchment. Funding is available to deliver schemes that can meet objectives of the 2 projects, either through allowing Trent Rivers Trust to undertake work on the land or paying a grant towards undertaking works yourselves.
Projects include bank re-profiling, wetland creation, gravel introduction and floodplain reconnection for river restoration and habitat improvement purposes and sediment trap and attenuation pond creation, track and gateway improvements, and river crossing improvements for phosphate reduction purposes. Projects are site specific and Trent Rivers Trust work with landowners to develop schemes that can have the best outcomes for the catchment as well as providing benefits to the farms.
Please contact Emma Smail for more information email@example.com 07771313835
Information leaflet for farmers – who to contact about what?
The River Mease Partnership has created a Mease guidance leaflet which summarises a lot of the information below and provides contact information for the people who can give you advice when you want to do any activity on or near the river. If in doubt contact Emma or firstname.lastname@example.org
With the effects of more severe and frequent rainfall, alongside longer periods of drought, we need to be aware of protecting water resources as well as securing them for the future. Rainwater harvesting on farms can be helpful to enable the collection of water as well as separating out clean roof water from dirty surface drainage. A video on this is available here.
Reduce Diffuse Water Pollution through Catchment Sensitive Farming
The River Mease is a Priority catchment for Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF). This means capital grants are available through the countryside stewardship scheme and include a range of options within the water quality package. In addition, detailed farm advice visits can be accessed on a range of topics from Farm Infrastructure Audits, to Soil and Nutrient Management Plans, and Slurry and Manure Storage and Handling. These advice visits can be hugely beneficial to the farm business as well as the catchment.
If you are interested in tackling diffuse water pollution or delivering habitat improvement through countryside stewardship please contact your CSF officer Michael Orchard Michael.Orchard@naturalengland.org.uk 07584 546762 or visit CSF grants For more information.
You can help reduce diffuse pollution by following the Farming Rules for water which are enforced by legislation since April 2018
Woodland planting and Management
Woodland planting, along with good management of woodland is very beneficial to reducing diffuse pollution and improving water quality.
Woodland Creation, Woodland management plan, and Woodland Tree Health grants are available through Countryside Stewardship Woodland planting through stewardship.
Much of the Mease catchment is also within the National Forest boundary. The National Forest offer a range of grant options for woodland planting and management Grants from the National Forest
Be a Responsible Watercourse Owner
Being the owner of a watercourse brings with it many responsibilities. There are certain activities that will require a permit or consents.
Please take time to understand your responsibilities and the activities that will require consent as failure to obtain the right permissions can lead to fines and enforcement Owning a watercourse
Where you are undertaking activities that affects the flow of water associated with a main river or its floodplain you must seek advice from the Environment Agency as you may need a flood risk permit. Check whether a permit is required here Environment Agency permits or by contacting the Environment Agency helpline
email@example.com 03708 506 506
You also need to contact the Environment Agency if you wish to undertake any of the following activities anywhere within the Mease catchment:
- Abstract or impound water https://www.gov.uk/guidance/water-management-abstract-or-impound-water
- Use, Treat, store or dispose of waste https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste-environmental-permits
- Discharge contaminated water https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/environmental-permit-application-forms-standard-permit-water-discharge
- Go fishing – even on your own watercourse https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences
This list is not exhaustive and if you plan any activity not on this list please check with the environment agency that it is permissible.
Where you are undertaking activities that affects the flow of water of an ordinary watercourse i.e. any tributary of the River Mease, ditch, culvert you must check whether land drainage consent is required from the flood teams at your county council
- Staffordshire: firstname.lastname@example.org 0300 111 2000
- Warwickshire: email@example.com 01926 412 982
- Derbyshire: firstname.lastname@example.org 01629 538 563 or 01629 539 286
- Leicestershire: email@example.com 0116 305 0001
Natural England manage the SSSI and SAC status of the River Mease. If you wish to undertake any operation on this list https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/PDFsForWeb/Consent/2000416.pdf you must obtain consent from Natural England before you proceed through the following procedure:
- Discuss your proposal with Natural England – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fill in the Consent Notice Form found online – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/request-permission-for-works-or-an-activity-on-an-sssi or provided by your Natural England Advisor
- Email your completed form to email@example.com
- Obtain Natural England’s consent before commencing works.
Certain Tree Maintenance Activities will require a felling licence from the Forestry Commission. Please check whether a licence is needed for any proposed work before commencing https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-felling-licence-when-you-need-to-apply
Tree maintenance on the banks of the River Mease will also require consent from Natural England, please follow the procedure above.
Control invasive species on your land
Himalayan Balsam has been widespread along the banks of the river for many years. It grows very quickly over the summer months out competing the bankside native flora resulting in poor species diversity, but dies back to leave bare ground over the winter months which is prone to erosion. As a landowner you have a legal duty to help control the spread of this, or any other invasive species. For further information about Himalayan Balsam, please view this fact sheet https://www.rivermease.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/ID_Impatiens_glandulifera_Himalayan_Balsam.pdf.
There are many other invasive species in the UK causing economic and environmental damage so it’s important to know if you have any on your land, and learn how to control the spread. You can find plenty of information including species ID sheets, guidance for stopping the spread, and how to record any non-native species you find on the non-native species secretariat website.