Farming in Protected Landscapes
The Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme runs from 2021 to 2025. An additional 12 months has been given for projects and therefore we are currently accepting applications for projects that are delivered between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2025. Here you can find out more about what the programme can support and how it works.
Invitation for all landowners, farmers and managers to Beaudesert Park Farm
Farmer Mary Cope and Colin Manning of Cannock Chase AONB invite you to visit Beaudesert Park Farm on 29th November 2023 for an informal farm tour and lunch to see how Farming in Protected Landscapes funding is helping Mary and the farm.
Date: Wednesday 29th November 2023
Where: Beaudesert Park Farm – meeting point supplied on booking
Time: 09:30am arrival and refreshments
A farm tour will follow showing how opportunities for funding is helping Mary evolve how she farms and diversifies her business. There will also be a talk given by Faye Edwards from Linking Education and Farming (LEAF) on how farmers can develop their education provision, connect with communities whilst also generating an income. In addition, there will be opportunities to discuss options around funding for restoring old farm buildings. There will be time for discussion and informal questions. Lunch at 12noon before departure.
Places are limited to book your place please email Colin Manning
T: 01785 278292 or 07815 652078
Farm Tour at Teddesley Park Farm
Farmer Richard Shropshire and Colin Manning of Cannock Chase AONB kindly hosted landowners, land managers and farmers to Woodhall Growers at Teddesley Park Farm, Penkridge, Stafford on 8th June 2023 for an informal farm tour and lunch to see how Farming in Protected Landscapes funding is helping Richard and the farm.
15 people attended to find out more information, ideas on projects that have already been funded and opportunities to discuss the funding further.
Please sign up to receive the e-newsletter to find out more about events like this around the area. For further information on Farming in Protected Landscapes please contact Colin Manning on E: email@example.com T: 01785 278292 or 07815 65207
Farming in Protected Landscapes
Eligibility in Cannock Chase
What the programme will pay for
The kinds of projects the programme might support include:
Promoting connectivity between habitats
Restoring drystone walls or hedges
Re-wilding an area of land and promoting natural processes
Action to reduce carbon emissions, or the use of plastics, on a farm
Gathering data and evidence to help inform conservation and farming practice
Providing new or easier access opportunities, links to the rights of way network or interpretation of farming and of the natural and historic features
Parking improvements at a key site to provide safe access to popular walking routes and reduce congestion for visitors and for local residents
Creating scrapes, ponds or other wetland to support a variety of wildlife
Conserving historic features on a farm, such as lime kilns or lead mining heritage
Working with new audiences to enable them to experience the Protected Landscape
Planning for nature conservation, energy efficiency and business resilience, including in farmer clusters
If an activity is equivalent to one under Countryside Stewardship (CS), the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme payment rate will be the same as the CS rate. If not, funding offers will be based on the projected costs of an activity. View the unit rates for Countryside Stewardship.
Payments for capital items will be paid in arrears. Management payments would be 50% in advance and 50% in arrears.
Farming in Protected Landscapes and other funding sources
The Programme will work alongside – not in competition with – Defra’s existing and new schemes, adding value where it is most needed. If a potential project can be rewarded through those schemes instead, you will be made aware of them. Note that those seeking support for machinery to increase productivity should utilise the Countryside Productivity Scheme rather than project grants through Farming in Protected Landscapes
Large scale tree planting may be best delivered through Forestry Commission funding including the England Woodland Creation Offer.
We are also expecting large scale peatland restoration to be delivered through the Nature for Climate Fund.