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Suffolk farmers and land managers able to apply for financial support from Farming in Protected Landscapes programme



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Farmers in Suffolk may be in for a boost as a new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme has been launched to help provide financial support.

The programme, funded by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will see nearly £1million invested across the Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with the bulk of funds targeted at farmers and landowners.

The scheme, which aims to help protect the areas and support local communities, will be led by Alex Dinsdale, newly appointed Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer, who has recently joined the AONB team and has previously worked at the National Farmers’ Union and Agri-tech.

Farmland in the Dedham Vale. Picture: Ben Heather via Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Farmland in the Dedham Vale. Picture: Ben Heather via Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Farmers and land owners in the area are urged to apply for the investment which will support a transition to regenerative agriculture, proposals to measure and improve freshwater water quality, initiatives to rejuvenate old, and establish new, orchards, and environmental training and information for farmers and landowners.

Mr Dinsdale said: “We’re already seeing lots of interest from farmers across both AONBs and we’re looking forward to seeing many more applications. The Farming in Protected Landscape programme will lead to real improvements for our landscapes, nature recovery and farm business resilience, and plays a useful role in the transition of agricultural support mechanisms from the Common Agricultural Policy into Environmental Land Management scheme.

Farmers and land owners are invited to apply for the support. Picture: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Farmers and land owners are invited to apply for the support. Picture: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

For more information, including detailed guidance and application forms, visit www.suffolkcoastandheaths,org or www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org or call the team on 01502674630.