Free online funding workshops for Lake District farmers

Published on: 15 Feb 2021

Andrea Meanwell

A number of free online agri-environment information sessions are being held over the next few weeks for Lake District farmers and land managers to find out more about changes to funding.

The meetings will feature a presentation on the key new funding schemes set out by Defra, including the proposed new ‘Farming in Protected Landscapes’ scheme. There will also be an update on the Countryside Stewardship scheme and the Environmental Land Management scheme.

The Lake District National Park Authority’s Farming Officer, Andrea Meanwell is speaking at the first nationally-run session to provide a Lake District voice.

She says: “These free sessions are for anyone connected to the farming industry who would like to find out more about the changes to agri-environment schemes which will be happening over the next few years.

“The national meetings will run on three separate days but will cover same information so it’s a case of picking which one fits in best with your diary. Each one will have a real life case study discussing their experiences of agri-environment schemes to give an insight into the benefits and pitfalls and give tips on how to get the best for your business. This will give a good overview of the national picture.

“To continue on the conversation specifically for our Lake District audience, we’re holding a further two workshops to allow for a more localised conversation. Here we’ll be able to discuss the range of support available within the national park.”

The Lake District sessions will be held on:

Monday 1 March from 7pm – 9pm

Thursday 25 March at 7pm -9pm

Places are limited at these sessions, which will be held over zoom. For more information and to book your place please visit Home | Lake District Events (

The national sessions are also being held over zoom and again, you need to register in advance

Monday 22 February, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Thursday 4 March, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Tuesday 23 March, 1:00 – 2:30pm

For more information and to book a place, visit Farmer Workshops :: National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (

Our photo shows the Lake District National Park Authority's farming officer Andrea Meanwell at a show.

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