Farming in Protected Landscape Update
As part of the Environmental Improvement Plan 2023 released yesterday, one of the main objectives is to recover nature in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). In recognition of the programme’s success so far, DEFRA are increasing its funding by 50% for 2023/24 and extending it by a further year.
In July 2021, DEFRA launched the Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme with over £50 million of funding until March 2024. Farming in Protected Landscapes enables Protected Landscapes (National Parks and AONBs in England) and farmers to work together to deliver projects across four themes: Climate, Nature, People and Place. Since then, FiPL has:
• Supported over 1,800 projects and accelerated delivery in Protected Landscapes to meet the 30 by 30 commitment.
• Funded almost 200 projects supporting public engagement, 150 projects to make the landscape more inclusive for visitors and restored nearly 6km of drystone walls in the first year.
• Engaged nearly 2,000 farmers at the programme midpoint.
In recognition of the positive feedback and outcomes delivered by FIPL, DEFRA will be extending the programme with £10m additional funding each year until March 2025.
If you currently farm in a Protected Landscape and would like further information on FiPL, please get in touch today:
- North Lakes (Carlisle) – 01228 406260
- South Lakes (Kendal) – 01539 721375
- North East & Yorkshire (Durham) – 0191 370 8530