Community-led Catchment Management Project

In 2012 Resources for Change were asked to carry out a scoping study for establishment of a community-led catchment management project on behalf of the Land, Life and Livelihoods initiative and the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership/Shropshire Council.

The work involved working with the Land Life and Livelihood’s Steering Group and stakeholders to review the current position of the project, analyse the significant issues for land management within the project area, collate relevant resources and propose a realistic and feasible route map for delivery of the project.

The project area encompasses a very rural area within the upper Clun catchment including the parishes of Newcastle on Clun, Mainstone and Bettws-y-Crywn. This area represents the most sparsely populated, most rural part of the Shropshire Hills AONB. The area supports about 110 farming families and the viability of many of these farms may be threatened by the closure of the Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) scheme in 2013.

It is hoped that the work will help promote the project to funders and highlight the relevance of community led catchment at the current time, especially with regard to the Big Society and the Ecosystems Services agendas.

For more information about this work please contact us.

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You can find out more about the partnerships work on the AONB website