3Keel conducted a scoping study to identify opportunities for setting up a Landscape Enterprise Network in Oxfordshire. This study identified four potential demand side players: Thames Water, the Blenheim Palace and Estate, the East-West Rail alliance and the Oxfordshire City Council. These organisations variously have objectives tied to carbon neutrality, to biodiversity Net Gain, to flood risk mitigation and to improve water quality.
The scoping study also identified potential supply side players who could deliver on these needs. These include local authorities, government agencies with a local presence, charities, local environment groups, local businesses, landowners and farmers and large estates like the Blenheim Estate. Several groups could also act as supply side aggregators, for example one of the active Catchment Partnerships or Countryside Stewardship (CS) facilitation fund farmer groups.
The network could trade on multiple landscape interventions, including woodland creation, planting cross-slope hedges, building sediment ponds and silt traps, sub-soiling, cover-cropping or creating in-field grass and wildflower strips.