As we said in our previous post, a land management plan brings together various pieces of information including maps, field records and details of how the land is managed.
Farmers and land managers can use them to record environmental changes on their land.
Through tests and trials, we wanted to understand the role they could play in our future schemes. In the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot, we provided farmers with 3 different land management plan templates.
Each template was developed through tests and trials. The Cuckmere and Pevensey test and trial group developed one of those templates.
Martin Hole, a farmer who took part, explains how the vision for his farm, and the landscape in which he lives, has been supported by land management planning.
The Cuckmere and Pevensey land management plan template brings together a baseline map showing:
- actions undertaken on the farm
- a planning map showing future environmental actions
- information about the farm and its future
- tables setting out what will be done as part of environmental land management.
The group particularly liked the table structure of this template. They found it simple and easy to use.