River works grants for local farmers

25 July 2008
THE Moyola Angling Association would like to urge any farmer with land alongside the Moyola River to take advantage of a new grants scheme, which will enable farmers to get paid for work carried out to secure river banks and improve the river.
The club is asking all members to get in touch with any local farmers, whether they live in the Sixtowns, Draperstown, Tobermore, Casteldawson or Newbridge areas who have land bordering the rivers to take up this grant offer.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have just announced the details of their new Countryside Management Scheme.
Farmers will get paid for the work.

The scheme opens on 30th June 2008 and closes on 29th August 2008, and the good news is that farmers can ring to make application (no unnecessary form filling).

Due to the forthcoming introduction of the Water Framework Directive the schemes aim is to enhance farm waterways and their associated riparian zones in terms of water quality improvement and increased biodiversity through practical management measures.

These measures will include fenced off riparian zones, which can act as a buffer reducing pollution of water bodies by fertilisers and pesticides. Riverbed enhancement which includes stone to be introduced into waterways, which are between 1-5, meters wide and where little or no stone currently remains.
Bankside trees to be managed to prevent over shading, and the removal of invasive species such as Giant Hogweed on an ongoing basis.
To avail of the grant scheme contact:
CMB Headquarters,
Lindesay Hall,
Loughry Campus,
Dungannon Road,
BT80 9AA
Tel. 028 8675 7515

For more information send an email to info@moyolaangling.com or call 07841537349