Cheviot Futures

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Cheviot Futures Newsletter 4 - 2014

13th, January 2014

Find out what Cheviot Futures has been up to in the final months of the current phase of delivery in the latest newsletter - available below or by calling Jennifer Hewitson on 01669 622071

Netherton Burn Runoff Management Works

13th, January 2014

The Netherton Burn project has been developed in partnership with the farm business,
Northumberland Community Flooding Partnership, the PROACTIVE team at Newcastle
University, and Catchment Sensitive Farming. Initial development centred around expl

Resilient Research

16th, December 2013

Cheviot Futures has commissioned SAC Consulting to undertake a collation of relevant research programmes and headline findings in relation to management implications of climate change effects.

The first project has a focus on resilient cropping in

Case Study Documents

16th, October 2013

Please find below a link to all of the case studies that have been published by Cheviot Futures to date.
They are available on the appropriate project section of the website too.
Please get in touch if you would like hard copies of the information

GPS Cattle Tracking

2nd, July 2013

This project has involved working in partnership with Northumberland National Park Authority, the landowner (College Valley Estates) and the grazier (Adam Waugh) to place GPS collars onto a proportion of a new native breed cattle herd being introduce

Heliosec Trial Site

The Heliosec unit in place and operational - front view2nd, July 2013

Cheviot Futures has assisted the farm business at Turvelaws with the site works to facilitate the trialling of the Syngenta Heliosec - an alternative to the increasingly popular Biobed concept.

This trial site is one of only ten across the UK, and

Filtrexx Filtration System

June 2013 - filtration system in operation and showing active vegetation growth2nd, July 2013

Another of the key issues for the farm holding of North Doddington, as identified in the Farm Resilience Plan undertaken with Cheviot Futures, was that of surface water management across the farm.

Surface water runoff presents a range of issues th

Alternative water supply for livestock - practical demonstration event

21st, June 2013

A practical demonstration event to showcase a range of options available to livestock producers for providing fresh drinking water supplies from alternative sources to direct natural watercourse access by stock.

Removal of access to watercourses a

Sustainable water management - practical demonstration event

The K-line sprinkler pod system ready for demonstration at Humbleton21st, June 2013

A practical demonstration and discussion event aimed at farmers and land managers, considering the role of sustainable water resource management.

The morning session will feature discussion around the role of managing water resources in a sustaina

Cheviot Futures Spring 2013 Newsletter

20th, May 2013

Please find the latest edition of the Cheviot Futures newsletter below.

If you would like a hard copy then please do not hesitate to get in touch:

Proactive Grassland Management - What's in it for me?

Event attendees discussing soil assessment. Photo credit: Anna Caine/George Dodds and Co23rd, April 2013

A practical demonstration event was hosted by Cheviot Futures and CSF on Monday 13th May, and was judged to be a hugely successful, interesting and informative event for farmers and land managers.

The event was held on Rams Haugh, on Park House fa

Resilience Works Contractor Contacts

11th, April 2013

Cheviot Futures has undertaken a range of works to date in close partnership with farmers and land managers and suitable contractors across the project area.

Suitably experienced and skilled contractors are invaluable to the successful delivery of

Flood Event Assessment - Lessons Learnt from the September 2012 flood event

11th, April 2013

One of the key impacts of predicted climate change is an increase in severe weather events, with an associated risk of exacerbated flooding and erosion issues.
In September 2012, the flood resilience projects undertaken to date by Cheviot Futures me

Animal Welfare Implications of Climate Change

8th, February 2013

Cheviot Futures has been seeking advice from veterinary contacts regarding the likely effects climate change impacts may have on the management of farm animal welfare.

Jenny Hull (MRCVS) of Alnorthumbria has provided the following information link

Grassland Management for Climate Change Resilience

13th, December 2012

The active management of grassland, particularly permanent pasture, can play a huge role in climate change resilience.

Careful management can enhance productivity whilst achieving a range of resilience benefits: improved soil structure and stabili

Sustainable Riparian Management

Floodplain fencing and riparian planting work complete at Venchen; March 201213th, December 2012

This project represents the development of a floodplain specification for fencing works, and the sympathetic planting of riparian (riverside) land in a manner that balances the farming, habitat and biodiversity, flood management and community/public

Netherton Burn Runoff Management

three sediment traps maximise deposition of coarse through to fine sediments on the inlet, ahead of reaching th emain pond; this will maximise the lifespan of the flood storage capacity whilst enabling easier access for maintenance; August 201230th, October 2012

This project has been a partnership approach with input from the landowner, Cheviot Futures, the PROACTIVE team at Newcastle University, Northumberland Community Flooding Partnership, the local community and Catchment Sensitive Farming.

Using the

Alternative farm water supplies

The catchment tank goes in at Mowhaugh; September 201230th, October 2012

Cheviot Futures is developing a number of schemes to demonstrate the alternative watering options available to farms.

Access to watercourses by livestock is an issue that often divides farmers and environmental advisors due to the links with sedim

River Breamish Monitoring

29th, August 2012

There are now two web cameras monitoring the River Breamish at Ingram.

The cameras are also looking at the innovative timber croy system that is in place to reduce riverbank erosion from flooding.

The cameras can be watched on the following lin

Engineered Log Jam Features

The grade control feature will assist the repair and natural restoration of the incised channel of the Kelsocleugh Burn at this site2nd, July 2012

This project represents a catchment-scale approach to managing flood risk by recreating and mimicing natural processes within the river system.

Cheviot Futures has already been instrumental in introducing the concept of Engineered LogJam (ELJ) wo

College Burn Sustainable Erosion Protection Works

Work completed on site, 28th August 2012 13th, April 2012

This project was completed during August 2012, with sustainable timber-based erosion protection works implemented in partnership with the Environment Agency and local landowners.

The work has been developed due to the role it will play in reducing

North Doddington windbreak feature

Windblown soil loss on Doddington following harvest of potato crop, October 201127th, October 2011

One of the key issues for North Doddington, identified through the Farm Resilience Plan, is the loss of valuable soil resources through the effects of wind erosion. This is a particular problem through the central section of the farm, where the ligh

Clifton-on-Bowmont Riverbank Erosion Protection

Innovative Filtrexx compost filled socks as bank protection at Clifton.  After approximately 6 weeks, showing active vegetation growth.  Work completed September 2011.27th, October 2011

Through the Farm Resilience Planning approach being developed through Cheviot Futures (see the farm resilience planning section under projects on this website for further details), a key issue identified for Clifton-on-Bowmont was that of flood risk

Wildfire Water Resource Pond

16th, September 2011

Northumberland National Park and surrounding areas have many treasured landscapes
and special qualities, particularly the rolling moors and grasslands of the
Cheviot Hills, including internationally important peat bogs and moorlands.
As the landsc

Reducing poaching around livestock feeding points

GrassProtecta on trial plot 1, Alwinton Farm. Shown on day of installation, September 20114th, July 2011

Cheviot Futures is trialling an innovative solution to the age-old problem of ground poaching by livestock around ring feeders.
Wetter winters are likely to mean that poaching becomes more of an issue, along with the potential for more cattle to be

Glendale Showfield

4th, July 2011

In April 2011, Cheviot Futures completed a small area of riverside planting work on the show field at Wooler.
This was in addition to erosion control works undertaken previously - by planting trees, the bank will become more stabilised and less vulne

Ingram Riverside

4th, July 2011

As a follow on from riverside erosion protection works undertaken at Ingram, Cheviot Futures Phase 2 has completed additional planting works to assist the stabilisation and success of this work.
Northumberland National Park Rangers and Voluntary Rang

Farm Resilience Planning

4th, July 2011

A key part of early work through Cheviot Futures, phase two, is the development of the farm resilience plan approach.
This approach is intended to identify, at an individual farm holding level, the key issues and impacts relating to climate change fo

Cheviot Futures - Phase 1 work completed

9th, November 2010

Since early 2009, Cheviot Futures has been working hard to deliver a variety of work to address the impacts of climate change on rural Northumberland. Below is a description of some of the work we have been doing since then. it includes work funded b

Cheviots Flood Impact Study

11th, May 2009

The Cheviots Flood Impact Study was comissioned by Cheviot Futures to investigate the social, environmental and economic impacts of the September 2008 flood event on rural Northumberland.

To download and view the full report, please go to the 'Con

Interpretative Trail for West Fenton

1. Route of proposed footpath, looking back towards West Fenton19th, March 2009

An expansive access plan has recently been developed and implemented at West Fenton Farm. The aim of these routes is to guide visitors around the farm allowing them to see and experience the habitats, features and techniques being developed on the fa