Since 2009 English grassland farmers and land managers within Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) have been able to apply for a derogation allowing them to work to a higher nitrogen loading limit from grazing livestock on their farm.
Applications for a derogation for 2017 must be made by telephone between 3 October 2016 and 30 December 2016. Farmers and land managers applying for a grassland derogation for 2017 should telephone the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.
Phone lines will be open from Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm, but excluding Monday 26 December (Boxing Day) and Tuesday 27 December (bank holiday). Online applications will not be possible.
For further information on applying for grassland derogation please see the Grassland derogations for livestock manure in nitrate vulnerable zones section on gov.uk