Farming in protected landscapes is changing. DEFRA is set to announce a short-term funding programme to help farmers in AONBs and National Parks adapt during the transitional period ahead as the future of Britain’s agricultural world changes as set out in the Agricultural Transition Plan.
Farming in Protected Landscapes – a three-year funding programme – will be launched in summer 2021. The programme will help farmers and land managers prepare for the transition to Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELM) by supporting the delivery of environmental outcomes and public goods for public funds. The Chilterns Conservation Board aims to support and inspire farmers and landowners as they go through this transition.
The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme will deliver funding through the Chilterns Conservation Board to support farmers and land managers in making improvements to the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access on their land across four programme themes: Nature, Climate, People, Place.
Further details about the scheme and how to apply will be published here shortly.
Meanwhile, for inspiration and practical advice on measures to deliver public goods – from assessing your farm’s carbon footprint to understanding the history of your farm – take a look at our webinar series. For ideas on working collaboratively at landscape scale read about the highly successful farmer-led cluster approach adopted in the Central Chilterns. We are keen to use the fund to support similar approaches elsewhere in the AONB.
For more information about the Chilterns AONB Management Plan, click here
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