Poole Harbour Nutrient Management Scheme (PHNMS) is designed for farmers, by farmers. This means it is robust, works for any farm type or size, and takes into account farming pressures at different times of the year, including the records farmers already keep.

A farmer uses a towed roller to roll spring barley, in Lulworth, Dorset.
Rolling spring barley, Lulworth

How does the scheme work?

Our scheme will make your existing nutrient record-keeping work hard for you. Firstly, you can use these records to explore land management changes through a nutrient accounting tool. Adopting these changes could earn you nitrate credits by reducing your on-farm nitrate losses. Farmers and other buyers can then buy and sell credits, which could provide an additional income stream for your business.

In Spring 2021, we ran a small-scale trial of the scheme and its processes. We’re using the feedback from the trial to fine tune the scheme, so it works well for all farmers in the Poole Harbour catchment, whatever your size or type of farm. You can find an outline of the trial here.

Why join?

As farmers, we are proud to feed the nation and beyond. We believe farmers are ready to shape a sustainable future for local agriculture. By working together, we can keep our farms viable and productive, improve compliance with existing regulations, and drive environmental improvements.

How do I join?

To take part in the scheme, farmers must join the Poole Harbour Agricultural Group. We plan to open up membership in time for the scheme’s pilot phase in 2022; register now to receive our farmer bulletins and get membership news first.

Any questions?

If your questions about the scheme are not covered by this page or our frequently asked questions, please get in touch.