Since 2019 the Forest of Selwood Facilitation Group has brought farmers, landowners and managers together to protect and increase natural capital across the Selwood area, within the headwaters of the Brue, Somerset Frome & Dorset Stour Catchments. The Forest of Selwood Charity is now responsible for managing and expanding the network which currently consists of 40 landholdings covering over 5000 hectares.
Members work collaboratively through group workshops, on-farm events, webinars and field trips, to share experience, learn about and implement environmental improvements.
The group is facilitated by the Forest of Selwood Charity and will keep you informed of the latest environmental schemes and funding.
Historic Environment: Forest of Selwood mosaic landscape of priority habitats including meadows, hedges, wood pasture and woodland.
Water Quality: The Brue, Stour & Somerset Frome all fail the water framework directive WFD due to phosphate and sediment, need for improved soil management and farm infrastructure, tackling run off and erosion.
Reduce Flood Risk: through natural flood management approaches.
Our objectives include:
Recruiting more farms/landholdings to consolidate the existing FSFG membership areas.
Understand the opportunities that Environmental Land Management (ELMS), will present for FSFG members, recognising the impacts of the Agricultural(2021 Acts). Understand the alternative income streams presented by carbon markets and biodiversity net gain and other opportunities and constraints because of those Acts.
Encourage farmers and landowners into Countryside Stewardship and ELMs Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Scale Recovery projects.
Collaborate with governmental organisations and local groups to maximise the impact on delivering FSFG priorities.
Provide 12 farm visits plus webinars a year to inform, train and socialise key strategies and outcomes in support of FSFG priorities.
Support FSFG members in managing species reintroduction and expansion plus the effects of climate change on species mitigation.
Through 2023 we will be arranging monthly farm events for members, showcasing a range of local conservation initiatives.
Topics for some recent and future events: –
Rewilding and Regenerative Farming
Farmland Birds (farm walk)
Creating and managing ponds for wildlife (farm walk)
Water Environment work in the Selwood Forest Catchments
We are working to safeguard the Forest's plants and animals from increasing habitat loss, species decline or even extinction. Our work is supported by donations from individuals and charitable foundations.
Forest of Selwood is a registered charity committed to reviving nature in this deeply historic landscape.