Countryside Stewardship is a Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) Scheme which makes payments to farmers and land managers to improve the natural beauty and diversity of the countryside.
River Pinn Meadows area, is in the north of Hillingdon Borough.
National principles of the scheme
The Scheme aims to make conservation part of land management practice. By adapting land management, countryside features can be enhanced and people's enjoyment increased. The Scheme provides grants to help with this.
Local principles of the scheme
The Council has entered into an Agreement with MAFF which lasts for ten years.
The land is known as the holding, in accordance with the 'whole farm' approach. The holding includes the riparian meadows along the River Pinn, from the borough boundary in the east to Ickenham Green in the west. The field on the west side of Fore Street is also included.
The Council carries out a management regime - in this case maintaining the grass areas in the traditional way as hay meadows - and MAFF pay a contribution towards this. Capital works are also carried out to an agreed programme and these include hedge-laying, tree pollarding, scrape creation, tree planting, eyesore clearance and sowing wild-flower seed. All of the cost of these projects is borne by MAFF.