Farmers in the Lake District National Park can benefit from the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, with more than £1.5 million available in the Lake District National Park before the end of the programme in March 2024. Applications can be made at any time before the end of the programme and grant funding decisions will be made on a monthly basis.
Please fill in our Farming in Protected Landscapes enquiry form and one of our team will contact you to discuss your ideas and help you complete a full grant application.
The programme can fund projects under one or more of these four national themes:
Includes projects that help address climate change like re-wiggling a straightened watercourse, for the biodiversity and natural flood management benefits this can bring, or assisting a farm to take actions to reduce carbon emissions.
Includes work that supports nature-friendly sustainable farms, allowing natural processes to develop across an area of land, or wetland creation to support a variety of wildlife.
Includes projects that provide opportunities for people to engage with the landscape. This could be working with new audiences to help them experience the Lake District, or being able to offer farm walks to help give people a greater insight into farming. Or it could be improving parking facilities, or replacing stiles with gates to make routes more accessible for locals and visitors.
Includes work that supports cultural heritage, this could be conserving historic features on a farm or repairing dry stone walls. Or, supporting a locally-branded food initiative which promotes the links between the product and the landscape in which it is produced.
The Lake District National Park is running a series of farming events to help Lake District farmers get advice on a range of issues and opportunities that may affect them over the next few years. These events will focus specifically on the situation, regulations and visitor economy in the Lake District and are open to all landowners within the National Park. We will be running events on the new Forestry and Farming in Protected Landscapes funding grants over the next few months and will advertise the dates here.
The Lake District National Park aims to;
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The Farming Community Network can help you and your farm business stay strong and resilient. Visit www.farmwell.org.uk for contact details.
Jasmine Holliday works with the farming community across the Lake District National Park, to help farmers learn from and support each other.