Farming in Protected Landscapes in the Tamar Valley AONB

The Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme opened for applications in July 2021. This page, and associated links, lets you know what the programme can support and how it works, to encourage strong applications from the Tamar Valley AONB farming and land management community, and their partners.

Farmers and land managers in England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks will be given grants to make improvements to the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access on their land – the next step in the government’s landmark plans for a renewed agricultural sector.

Protected Landscapes – our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks – are special and unique places. They are living, working landscapes that also support an important 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 and enhance these exceptional places and support local communities.

To help do this, Defra has introduced the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which runs until March 2024.

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 its cultural heritage
  • support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

Projects could include creating ponds or other wetland to support a variety of wildlife; conserving historic features on a farm, such as lime kilns or mining heritage; improving access by replacing stiles with new gates, or even action to reduce carbon emissions or use of plastics on farms.

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is open to all farmers and land managers (including from the private, public and charity sector) in the Tamar Valley AONB. It is a programme of funding for one-off projects rather than an agri-environment scheme.

The programme is part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. It has been developed by Defra with the support of a group of AONB and National Park staff from across the country.

Tamar Valley AONB Panel Members

This group meets once every two months to consider applications received. Representatives on the panel are;

  • Martin Howlett (Deer Park Farm)
  • Robin Jackson (Duchy College)
  • Simon Platten (Tamar Grow Local)
  • Hugh Tyler (Natural England)
  • Rosie Walker (Woodland Trust)
  • Cllr Peter Crozier (West Devon Borough Council)
  • Dan Cooke (Tamar Valley AONB)
  • Helen Fincham (Cornwall Council)
  • Jess Jeans (Alpaca Trekking, Bohetherick Farm)
  • Alex Kirkwood (studying at Duchy College)

More information

For details of who can apply, what the programme will pay for, and other information, please click here.

Download an application form and guidance notes here.

If you would prefer the application form in Word format please email farming@tamarvalley.org.uk.

If you have any queries about the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme, please email farming@tamarvalley.org.uk in the first instance or call 01822 835030 and leave a message. Please include the following details;

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Holding name & location (including postcode or grid reference)
  • Brief details of your project idea
  • If you’re not currently on our mailing list to receive monthly updates, would you like to be added?

(Please note, the AONB team still works from home for part of the week, due to COVID restrictions. Telephone messages are checked at least once a week).

Image (c) TON Drone Services/Tobi O’Neill

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