Farmers in the Lake District National Park can benefit from the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, with more than £2.25 million still available in the Lake District National Park before the end of the programme in March 2025.
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.
These are our local Farming in Protected Priorities in the Lake District National Park
We want to meet the needs of the farming sector during the agricultural transition and reach farmers in the greatest need. We want to support more farm clusters working together to address food production, nature, climate and cultural heritage.
Farm carbon audits and action plans for individual farms and groups of farms.
Low carbon actions and changes to land management.
Climate resilience projects for example natural flood management actions.
Events and engagement that increase farmers' awareness and understanding of low carbon/resilient landscapes.
Practical nature delivery on individual farms and groups of farms. Including adding missing nature elements into the landscape, for example creating woodland edge, or widening hedge bottoms.
Baseline surveys and mapping of habitats and nature recovery opportunities, especially across farm clusters or valleys.
Training for farm environmental assessments, monitoring, and delivery skills.
Changes that deliver resilient nature-friendly farm businesses.
Enhancing rights of way network by improving key links, accessibility, resilience to flooding & erosion.
Improving people's experience of the right of way by enhancing nature or historic features and people's understanding along the route.
Engaging people on farms through farm open days, information boards, organised group visits, volunteering, visitor engagement business opportunities.
Improving accessibility and opportunities for more diverse audiences on farms.
Working with commoners and commons associations to support the transition of commons from current agri-environment schemes into ELM.
Repair and consolidation of Lake District farming historic features, for example kilns, packhorse bridges, sheep folds and washes, pig hulls, hennery piggeries, bee boles, bields and shard fences.
Support businesses most vulnerable to the agricultural transition to prepare for the future. Building resilience including preparing for ELM and diversifying income streams.
Supporting individual and groups of farm businesses to develop and/or diversify their businesses by using World Heritage status.
What makes a great project:
Innovation – projects that try out new ideas & solutions to problems
Diversification – projects that boost farm income through new revenue streams
Transformation – projects that see distinctive changes in farm management
Collaboration – projects that see farmers working together
Leadership – projects that support other farmers to learn & follow example
Replicability – projects that can be easily rolled out on other farms
Watch the video below for more information.
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.
Eliza Hodgson works with the farming community across the Lake District. Her main focus is to help to deliver the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.