Severn Trent looks to fund environmental improvement from "Cash for Catchments"

Severn Trent has launched a new scheme – "Cash for Catchments" – which will provide funding to support water environment improvements.

Applications are now open to landowners, farmers, community groups and non-governmental organisations to submit ideas. The groups with the best ideas will be invited to Severn Trent’s Coventry headquarters to present them to a panel of experts, with funds allocated subsequently to take the projects forward.

Zara Turtle, who is leading the scheme for Severn Trent, explained: “Submissions could cover anything from natural flood management and river restoration to improving river water quality and preserving the region’s biodiversity.”

‘Cash for Catchments’ forms part of Severn Trent’s work on the Catchment Based Approach partnerships which were introduced by Defra in 2011 to help achieve the Water Framework Directive initiatives. The closing date for submissions is 30 May.