Forging ahead with Farming in Protected Landscapes in the Chilterns
We have a new Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer, Gareth Clay, who joined the team this autumn. Here’s his update on the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme to date, including stories about some fantastic hedgerow and tree planting projects, and lots of enquiries and applications this autumn.
December Farming in Protected Landscapes update
Gareth Clay joined the Chilterns Conservation Board team in October as Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer and has been assisting colleagues with applications already in the pipeline, visiting and advising new applicants and supporting the Local Assessment Panel with their work in assessing applications.
The number of enquiries from different counties has been in line with their respective areas in the AONB (e.g. approximately 50% from Buckinghamshire and 28% from Oxfordshire).
As would be expected, farmers have been the main group making enquiries and projects ideas have been fairly equally spread across the themes of biodiversity, climate change, people and place. The funds for year 1 (2021/2022) have largely been allocated and there is lots of great work going on right now which will have long term positive impacts for the Chilterns.
Hedgerow and Orchard Planting Projects
Exciting plans are underway in the Mend the Gap programme area.
Following the success of the central Chilterns farmer cluster, we have developed a new farmer cluster in the Northern Chilterns.