Government support for farmers is changing. Direct payments are gradually being reduced. They are being replaced by payments for:
- Improving the environment;
- Improving animal health and welfare;
- Reducing carbon emissions.
The Farming in Protected Landscapes Scheme is one of several Government schemes that has been set up to ease this agricultural transition. More information can be found on page 44 of Defra’s The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024.
Further details will be available in Summer 2021.
We expect the scheme to help you realise the benefits of being within a protected landscape, as well as tackle some of the challenges.
The High Weald is a landscape full of ‘public goods’ and there are many opportunities to attract support for their management. We are therefore offering all farmers in the High Weald free, site-specific help with identifying ‘public goods’, planning environmental management as part of a whole farm business plan and attracting funds (if needed).