Nature Based Solutions for Phosphate Reduction
Cornwall Council is seeking expressions of interest from landholders in the catchment to help address the issue of phosphates in the Camel Special Area of Conservation, which is currently holding up housing development.
There is more info on the current planning situation here
The Council, supported by WRT, is reaching out to landholders in the catchment to find sites where phosphates from agriculture can be reduced, to offset those being produced by new housing.
They are kickstarting a trading scheme where developers will pay phosphate credits for actions on farms such as river buffer creation, low input grassland and haymaking, cover crops or converting arable to grassland.
In the long term, South West Water will be updating their sewage treatment works to strip out more phosphates before they enter the river, but there will still be a need for some long term land use change, such as conversion of riverside land to wetland or woodland.
These land use changes can potentially attract additional funding for biodiversity net gain and other ecosystem services alongside the water quality improvements.
This first window for expressions of interest ends Friday 14 April
Please get in touch below to find out if you could be eligible
Zoë support both the land and rivers teams in delivering nature-based solutions across different catchments. Her background is in landscape architecture, environmental management and arboriculture.