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Farming in Protected Landscapes: our progress and a spotlight on the 3,000th project

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Since launching in 2021, the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme has funded 3,000 projects across England. Together, these projects have created and improved more than 70,000 hectares (ha) of habitat for biodiversity, planted more than 100 miles of hedgerow, more than 100,000 trees  and conserved or enhanced 300 historic features, buildings and structures. In this post I'll shine a light on the 3,000th project and share details of an upcoming spotlight series.

Farming in Protected Landscapes: interim evaluation findings

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South Downs National Landscape. A patchwork of fields under blue skies.

Through the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme (FiPL), farmers and land managers can get funding to deliver projects that support and improve National Landscapes (formerly Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), National Parks and the Broads. In this post, I'll share an overview of the programme and findings from the recently published Farming in Protected Landscapes evaluation. The findings give a sense of how popular the scheme has been and the reasons behind it.  

How farmers in protected landscapes are using their funding

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You might remember that the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme opened for applications in July. In August, we shared a video made by some of our Protected Landscape colleagues about the sorts of projects that were eligible for funding. In this post, I’d like to share some examples of the things land managers and farmers are doing with their funding.  

Farming in Protected Landscapes: ideas for your farm

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In this video, Suzanne Fletcher from the Peak District National Park and Tom Munro from the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty explain the Farming in Protected Landscapes application process and give you some ideas of the projects you could do on your farm.

Farming in Protected Landscapes opens in July

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Farm in the Lake District

Last week, I wrote a post about the importance of England’s Protected Landscapes – our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Today, I’m pleased to tell you about the new Defra-funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which will be open for applications from next month.

Protected landscapes: an overview

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You might remember that in the Agricultural Transition Plan, we mentioned the introduction of a Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. We’re preparing to release more information about that programme in the coming weeks, but before then, I wanted to share a few reasons why protected landscapes are so important.