Farming in Protected Landscapes
Agriculture is a primary driver for landscape management in the Coast & Heaths AONB.
Many of our landscape features such as hedgerows, grasslands and woodlands are dependent on farming practices.
Landowners want to farm productively and manage the landscape in a way which is good for nature, climate, people and place.
What is Farming in Protected Landscapes?
DEFRA is proposing a time limited package to help farmers in protected landscapes, our AONBs and National Parks, to adapt during the transitional period ahead as the future of Britain’s agricultural world changes.
Commencing April 2021 for 3 years, the Farming in Protected Landscapes scheme will provide financial support to farmers and other land managers in the Coast & Heaths AONB. The funding will help them support and manage the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access in ways which benefit nature, climate, people and place.
Coast & Heaths AONB will be involved in the delivery of this programme. We are expecting an announcement from Defra at the end of May 2021 and we will share what we can as soon as we can.
Defra’s Farming is Changing document (PDF) which references the Farming in Protected Landscapes scheme on page 13.
Defra’s The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024 which references the Farming in Protected Landscapes scheme in Annex B.6 on page 44.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss any of this information, please email Claire Cadman or phone 01394 445226.