SWFC is excited to be involved in a new Farming in Protected Landscapes project that will allow farmers in the Tamar Valley AONB to access a new funding channel
Farming in Protected Landscapes
The Farming in Protected Landscapes (FIPL) programme is a part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan and will offer potential funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks across England.
The FIPL programme will fund projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape (including its cultural heritage), and nature-friendly and sustainable farm businesses.
Examples of the potential projects this scheme will fund are quite diverse and could include promoting connectivity between habitats; replacing stiles with gates on public footpaths; conserving historic features on a farm such as lime kilns or lead mining heritage; supporting a locally branded food initiative which promotes the links between the product and the landscape in which it is produced; taking action to reduce carbon emissions or plastic use on a farm; or gathering data and evidence to help inform conservation and farming practice.
We can help you to apply
South West Farm Consultants is working with Tamar Valley AONB in the initial period to assist and support farmers and landowners to submit applications for funding. The idea is that, after an initial assessment of the funding idea, we can arrange a visit to your farm to discuss your idea and help with the application process. This should significantly improve the likelihood of funding success.
Happy cows and herbal leys in the Tamar Valley on a recent FIPL visit to a farm
Funding depends on whether or not you benefit commercially from a project. You could get up to 100% of the costs of a project if you will not make a commercial gain from it; alternatively, the amount will depend on how much the project will benefit your business.
You can still get funding through the programme if you are in an agri-environment scheme, as long as you’re not paid twice for the same work. Applicants must manage all the land included in the application and have control of all the activities you’d like to undertake, or you must have written consent from all parties who have this management and control
For more information on the FIPL scheme – as well as examples of what projects might be suitable – watch this useful introductory video from Defra or visit the Cornwall AONB website here.
If you would like an informal chat with us—or you’d like to discuss any ideas you might have—please contact SWFC’s Jo Kyles using our Contact Page.