Defra: ‘Water body buffering standard of the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Find out about the standard for water body buffering, what land is eligible and how much you can get paid.

The water body buffering standard is for farmers piloting the Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme.

Water body buffers are strips of grassland you plant next to water. They improve water quality by slowing the flow of surface runoff and trapping pollutants from agriculture.

How the standard works

There are 3 levels to the standard. Each level has a set of actions you must complete, where relevant, to get paid.

The levels build on one another – each one includes the actions from the previous levels.’

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