New grant funding has now become available to farmers and landowners within the South West’s 10 AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and two National Parks, with funding coming from the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

The Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme is opening for applications in early July 2021 and closes in January 2022, with funding agreements being offered throughout the period.

As a newly released scheme with aims to support a wide range of rural projects, exactly what will be supported is unclear. However, the programme is aiming to fund 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

The Greenslade Taylor Hunt Rural Grants team have considerable experience with similar schemes that have been managed at a local level, such as LEADER and the Productivity Scheme.

Potential projects based on informal initial discussions with funding bodied could include:

 Rural tourism enterprises such as “glamping” or pods
 On farm processing facilities for food initiatives, potentially milk vending machines or farm shops
 Low carbon technology in farming, such as min-til drills or precision equipment
 Preservation of heritage assets for future generations

If you are within an AONB or National Park and have a project idea, which you wish to pursue, please contact your local GTH contacts who have wide experience handling grant applications. Please call James Wotton on 07899 955935 or 01404 4622 or Jamie Batt on 07766 301468 or 01935 423474