NOW is the time to apply for States-funded grants to improve Jersey’s countryside particularly if proposed projects involve improving the quality of Island’s water resources.
During the last nine years, the Countryside Enhancement Scheme has supported a wide range of projects from the management of wet meadows and coastal grasslands to bracken clearance and bat surveys.
Those projects have enhanced, conserved and protected Jersey’s natural environment while helping the Island to meet its local environmental objectives and its international multilateral environment agreements.
Projects eligible for consideration include the creation and maintenance of hedgerows, woodlands, ponds, wetlands and heathlands as well as improvements to the farmed environment or growing crops for the benefit of wildlife.
There is also an opportunity to obtain grants to help fund the restoration of historic features, develop interpretation and education materials and improve access to rural areas.
The Rural Economy Manager for the Department of the Environment, John Jackson, said: ‘The Countryside Enhancement Scheme is one of a number of ways the States demonstrates its commitment to the importance of the natural and farmed environment and to the rural industries which have created and manage the Island’s diverse countryside.
“The CES provides financial support for environmental improvement projects which seek to help, support and protect the Island’s unique natural resources, wildlife, habitats and landscapes.’
Application forms are available from Howard Davis Farm or online at www.gov.je. The deadline for applications is Friday 15 January 2016.