Free seminar held as plans are launched to include the River Skerne within Catchment Sensitive Farming

Move could mean capital grant funding of up to £10,000 for farmers undertaking projects in County Durham

Tim Sedgewick of H&H Land and Property
Tim Sedgewick of H&H Land and Property

A free seminar is to be held for farmers and landowners in County Durham in light of plans to include the River Skerne within Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF).

Set to be held on May 28 at Sedgefield Racecourse, the event will include a talk from Natural England Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer, Susie Hardie, who will discuss the implications for those involved.

Graeme Hull, Tees Catchment Coordinator for the Environment Agency, meanwhile, will give a talk about the Bright Water River Skerne Project – which supports opportunities for enjoyment and enhancement of the landscape – before John Pinches, North East Regional Manager for Barclays Agriculture, looks at a variety of major issues currently facing UK farming.

In other regions, CSF has provided farmers with grant funding for a variety of projects.

The inclusion of the River Skerne will mean that farmers in County Durham could benefit from capital grants up to £10,000.

The aim of the free seminar, organised by H&H Land and Property, is to provide farmers with the information they need to make the most of forthcoming opportunities.

Rural surveyor at the company, Tim Sedgewick, who will be chairing the event, said: “The news that the River Skerne Catchment Area is set to be included in CSF will be welcome news to many.

“Previous rounds of CSF in Northumberland and North Yorkshire have grant aided farmers for infrastructure investments such as new buildings or yard concreting.

“The aim of this is to reduce water diffuse pollution.

“Assistance to fence watercourses off from livestock has also been provided alongside a plethora of other items.

“It is worth noting that CSF is a competitive grant application process and we hope that this seminar will allow interested individuals to make themselves known to Natural England and the CSF officers.”

Mr Sedgewick added that the Bright Water Project could bring long-term benefits to Skerne Catchment farmers and landowners.

He also expressed gratitude to Mr Pinches, who would be able to “pass on his high-level experience to attendees”.

With offices in Durham and Carlisle, H&H Land and Property is the H&H Group’s specialist chartered surveyor and land agent division, offering expertise on all aspects of rural property across the North of England, the Borders and South West Scotland.

The business provides a full range of professional services to property owners and occupiers, covering not only farms and land but also commercial, leisure, and residential interests. To register, call Alice Blackett on 0191 370 8530 or email


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