Catchment management

Calling all Cambridge sources, Euston, Brettenham and Fowlmere catchment farmers!

Introducing the SPRING 2 Environmental Protection Scheme

SPRING 2 is a new Environmental Protection Scheme set up by South Staffs and Cambridge Water to help farmers explore catchment-friendly land management.

Under the scheme, farmers in the priority catchments (see below for further details) will be able to apply for a grant of up to £15,000 per farm – towards the costs of voluntary on-farm infrastructural improvements and land management options designed to protect the environment and improve water quality.

We are currently working in the following catchments and areas, farmers within these catchments are eligible to apply for a SPRING 2 grant:

  • Cambridge Sources (includes several catchments covering the Babraham, Fleam Dyke, Fulbourn, Linton and Sawston catchments)
  • Euston and Brettenham catchment
  • Fowlmere catchment

Examples of improvements which might qualify for a grant are shown in the following table:

Capital Option


Non-Capital Option


Pesticide sprayer washdown/handling area (m2)


4 - 6m buffer on cultivated land (ha)


Lined biobeds (m2)


12 - 24m watercourse buffer on cultivated land (ha)


Pesticide biofilter (m2) 


Take field corner out of management (ha)


Roofing for sprayer washdown area (m2)


Catch crops/cover crops (over winter) (ha)


Post & wire (inc. posts) (m)


Catch crops/cover crops (over winter) (ha)


Gate (inc. posts) (m)


Livestock and machinery hardcore tracks (m)


Gateway relocation (per unit)


Rainwater goods (m)


Resurfacing gateways (per unit)


Arable reversion into grassland (ha)


Hard base for livestock drinkers (per unit)


Undersown spring cereal


Livestock troughs (per unit)


Maize undersowing (ha)


Concrete yard renewal (m2)


Hedge planting




Herbal lay




Legume fallow


How to get involved

SPRING 2 is open to both arable and livestock farmers. 
To register your interest in the scheme, please download and complete the application form below.

Any applications and questions can be sent to Nina or Archie.

SPRING 2 Environmental Protection Scheme Application Form

Download and complete our application form

Meet the team

Nina Yiannoukos-Benton MSc BSc (Hons) MBPR (Assoc)
Catchment Projects Manager
Phone: 07341 734293

photo of NinaNina has been with us since January 2016. She leads on the design and implementation of catchment management.

Nina has a degree in Geography and Environmental Management, a Masters in Environmental Consultancy, and is qualified in BASIS Soil and Water Management and Foundation in Agronomy. Nina previously completed a placement Thames Water's Catchment Team, researching the reduction of agricultural diffused pollution in relation to different agricultural practices.

Archie Humphreys
Catchment Advisor
Phone: 07979 285934 

image of ArchieArchie joined us in December 2022. His role involves the design and implementation of catchment management.

Archie studied agriculture with crop management at Harper Adams University, before carrying out a Masters degree in aquatic ecology at Queen Mary University of London. His masters included a dissertation on the study of nutrient limitation in chalk streams and how catchment use impacted this.

 Erin Green
Catchment Scientist

photo of ErinErin joined us in September 2022. Her role is to assess and manage possible risks to water quality across our catchment.

Prior to joining the business, Erin completed an undergraduate degree in physical geography. Her studies saw her regularly use GIS (geographic information system) alongside fieldwork to investigate the physical environment. This included mapping land use to completing risk assessments, including within the field of hydrology.

Allanagh Betts
Catchment Advisor

undefinedAllanagh joined us in August 2023. Her role is to work on the implementation of catchment management. Allanagh graduated from the University of Nottingham gaining a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Biology where her dissertation focused on a river catchment dairy farm and its impact on water quality.

Sarah Sanderson
Catchment Projects Officer

undefinedSarah is our Catchment Projects Officer, leading biodiversity enhancing projects such as the PEBBLE scheme and our commitment to chalk stream restoration. Sarah has a BSc in Zoology with Conservation from Bangor University and an MSc in Conservation Science and Policy from the University of Exeter. She is passionate about landscape restoration and recovery, but in a way that works with people holistically to allow both humans and nature to flourish.

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