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Interreg CPES project 



Project overview 

The European Channel Payments for Ecosystem Services (CPES) project is a 4 year (2017-2021) project launched in November 2017.  The project aims to improve water quality in groundwaters, rivers and lakes located in the South of England and North of France through the implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services pilots in six case-study catchments. The project has fourteen partners all working together towards a common goal. The main objective of the project is to encourage farmers and landowners to adopt land management practices that are more sympathetic to catchment water quality. Further information on the project as a whole can be found on the project's website (https://www.cpes-interreg.eu/).

South Downs Chalk Groundwater Pilot 

In the Downs and Harbours project area there are two field trials currently underway both looking at cover cropping to reduce nitrate leaching into groundwater. To find out more about the first trial click on the case studies below. Further trial information will be added in the future: 

Field image of  Year 1 of Cover crop trial 1- 3 treatment areas: 1) Conventional practices (bare/weedy stubble); 2) Cereal (oats); 3) EFA mix: cereal (oats) and phacelia. 


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