Environmental Land Management Test

Lake District National Park Partnership Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) Test

The Partnership is currently running an ELMS Test in two areas of Cumbria: The Upper Derwent catchment, upstream of Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National Park; and in the Waver Wampool catchment on the Solway Coast, including parts of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

What is the Environmental Land Management Scheme?

It will start from 2024, replacing Countryside Stewardship and during the period when the Basic Payment Scheme is being phased out by 2027.

It will pay farmers and land managers for delivering 'public goods'.

What are public goods?

  • Clean and plentiful water
  • Clean air
  • Protection from and mitigation of environmental hazards
  • Mitigation of and adaptation to climate change
  • Thriving plants and wildlife
  • Beauty, heritage and engagement

What are we testing?

  • We are testing the development of two local area priority plans with groups of farmers and land managers, one in each of the two catchment areas.
  • We are testing the development of up to twenty land management plans, up to ten in each of the two catchment areas.
  • We are testing farmers and land managers views of collaboration.

For more details contact:

andrea.meanwell@lakedistrict.gov.uk for the Upper Derwent Catchment.

john.bowman@naturalengland.org.uk for the Waver Wampool Catchment.