Farming in Protected Landscapes
Protected Landscapes – our National Parks and National Landscapes – are special and unique places. They are living, working landscapes that also support a huge range of habitats and species, and they are enjoyed by millions of people every year. By supporting the farmers, land managers and people who live and work in these areas, we can help protect these exceptional places and support local communities.
To help do this, Defra has introduced the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme, which will run from July 2021 to March 2025.
Through the programme, farmers and land managers can be supported to carry out projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage, or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses. This is a programme of funding for one-off projects covering these areas of work, not an agri-environment scheme.
Historic Buildings Restoration Grants are also available through the FiPL programme. These grants are time limited and aimed at conserving pre-WWII farm buildings within their agricultural context. The FiPL Historic Buildings document below sets out guidance notes on the scheme. If you feel you have a project that might qualify for a grant, please contact Nick Burrows, the Howardian Hills FiPL officer at [email protected]
The programme is part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. It has been developed by Defra with the support of a group of National Landscape and National Park staff from across the country.
Applying for funding
Before completing the application form, please read the Guidance for Applicants document for more details on eligibility and then contact the Howardian Hills Farming in Protected Landscapes officer to discuss your application.
Please note that the Example Application Form is for information only. A Word version of the Application Form will be provided to you for completion once you have discussed your project with the Farming in Protected Landscapes officer and we have confirmed that it is eligible.
Photo Credit: Header – Landscape near Brandsby by Roger Poyser