The Cheviot Futures initiative (2000–2013) was committed to providing practical real-world solutions to the challenges our communities face due to the effects of climate change. The project was a cooperative of representatives from agencies and organisations involved in working with the rural communities of north Northumberland (Climate North East, English Heritage, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission England, Ministry of Defence, Natural England, Northumberland National Park, RSPB, the Fenton Centre, the Wildlife Trusts, Tweed Forum). Cheviot Futures was made possible with the support of Defra, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the LEADER programme and the Scottish Government.
A simple, practical approach
The focus of Cheviot Futures was on land management adaptation and mitigation against the impacts of climate change across the Cheviot Hills landscape. The main impact areas of climate change include an increase in extreme weather (including enhanced flood risk), altered seasonality of rainfall leading to more problems associated with drought in summer (including wildfire risk to sensitive habitat types) and waterlogging in winter.
Cheviot Futures delivered a programme of works to identify impacts and effects, and develop mitigation and adaptation measures that were applicable to land management interests across the Cheviots. This included the development of the innovative Farm Resilience Planning approach whereby climate change impacts were considered against the site-specific conditions at a farm holding level, making recommendations for adaptation in the form of changes to land management and capital works. This approach was recognised as an example of best practice and was used as the basis for further pilot work by Natural England national climate change specialists.
Cheviot Futures focused on providing practical solutions and developing capital works projects to showcase and evaluate those adaptation measures recommended. A total of 30 adaptation projects were developed as part of Cheviot Futures, providing a network of case study sites that ranged from floodplain fencing to fire ponds and from green bank protection to grassland management. See below for more details.
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Netherton Burn Runoff Management Works (Dec 2013)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Alternative Water Supplies (Sep 2013)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Engineered Log Jams (Sep 2013)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Grassland Management and Climate Change Resilience (Sep 2013)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Implications of Climate Change for Farm Animal Health and Welfare (Apr 2013)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Farm Resilience Planning (Mar 2013)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Floodplain Fencing Specification (Nov 2012)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Strategic Native Planting (Nov 2012)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Sustainable Riparian Management (Nov 2012)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Sustainable Riverbank Protection (Nov 2012)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Wildfire Water Resource Pond (Apr 2012)
Cheviot Futures Case Study: Reducing Poaching Around Livestock Feeding Points (Apr 2012)
Climate Change Pests and Disease Report (Nov 2013)
Summary Article: Climate Change Pests and Disease: Livestock and Grassland (Nov 2013)
Summary Article: Climate Change Pests and Disease: Arable (Nov 2013)
Climate Change Resilient Cropping Report (Nov 2013)
Summary Article: Climate Change Resilient Cropping: Grassland (Nov 2013)
Summary Article: Climate Change Resilient Cropping: Arable (Nov 2013)