Farming in Protected Landscapes is a new grant programme for the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along with all of the National Parks and other AONBs in England.
Farming in Protected Landscapes is here to focus on People, Place, Climate and Nature outcomes.
The grant programme is funded by Defra and runs from 2021 to 2024 and the first application window is open from 1 July 2021 to 31 January 2022. The Kent Downs AONB Unit will be supporting Kent Downs farmers and land managers to find out more about the programme, how it works, and how to make a successful application.
By supporting the farmers, land managers and people who live and work in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we can help protect these exceptional places and support local communities.
Through the programme, farmers and land managers can be supported to carry out projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage, or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses. This is a programme of funding for one-off projects covering these areas of work, not an agri-environment scheme.
The programme is part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. It has been developed by Defra with the support of a group of AONB and National Park staff from across the country.