Farming in Protected Landscapes scheme celebrates success

MORE than 5,000 farmers and land managers in England have now benefited from the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme, new figures have shown.

The programme, now in its third year, offers funding to farmers across Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks. Support for nature recovery and climate resilient businesses, heritage conservation and better access for people to enjoy our protected landscapes all feature in programme delivery. To date, £25 million has been allocated, and more than 2,400 projects have been approved for funding.

The new report – Farming in Protected Landscapes programme: Year 2 update – showcases projects across National Parks and AONBs which have benefited from the Defra funding.

The report was launched on 20th June at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for National Parks. Attendees heard from representatives from across protected landscapes and farming communities about the importance of sustainability and land management to the future of these special places, and how farmers and other land managers play a vital role in shaping the landscapes they operate within to enhance the natural and cultural heritage, improve productivity, and create more vibrant, sustainable communities.

Tom Munro, Dorset AONB Manager and National Association for AONBs Agriculture & Land Use Panel spokesperson said “The huge success of FiPL over the last two years has demonstrated how AONB teams are uniquely placed to facilitate on-farm projects to deliver for nature, climate, people and place across these treasured landscapes.

“While our pre-existing networks with farmers and advisers helped us hit the ground running, FiPL has helped us cement these relationships and to be regarded as trusted delivery bodies.

“These landscapes have been shaped by thousands of years of farming and it’s only by working like this at scale with farmers that we will adequately respond to the climate and ecological emergency while ensuring rural communities thrive underpinned by sustainable farm businesses.”

The publication of the national report comes as Dorset AONB awarded its 100th grant, bringing the total amount awarded in Dorset AONB to over £1million.

The 100th project – the Devils Brook and Chesel Stream Project – has enabled farmers to work together on small scale actions that will have big impact. Reducing water run-off from the surrounding fields will improve water quality for wildlife, help prevent flooding, protect soils and ensure food production.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said “By hosting and supporting the Dorset AONB Partnership, Dorset Council is delighted to have had a key role in this programme.

“This is one of the ways we’re responding to the climate and ecological emergency, alongside tackling the impacts of our own operations and using our influence across the county. It also underlines the national importance of our protected landscapes and the role that their teams and partnerships can play.”

Read the Farming in Protected Landscapes report


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