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Woods for Water project

The Woods for Water project is focusing on three areas: North Devon, East Devon, and North Cornwall.

The North Devon Biosphere and the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are offering advice and grants to improve water quality and reduce flood risk.

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The project will offer:

Capital grants at Countryside Stewardship rates towards woodland and watercourse fencing, coppicing bankside trees, ground preparation (scrub clearance and treatment), rural sustainable drainage systems (e.g sediment ponds/silt traps) and natural flood management options (e.g leaky/log dams/field bunds) to improve water quality and reduce downstream flood risk.

Funding streams for woodland planting under 1 hectare (ha) can be applied for through the Woodland Trust and schemes over 1ha will be guided through more appropriate Countryside Stewardship Schemes with larger recurring payments.

You can find out more information and contact details on the Woods For Water Project flyer.