Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes is a grant scheme for farmers and land managers in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

The programme, developed by Defra, and delivered locally through Dartmoor National Park Authority, supports farmers and land managers in carrying out projects that support the natural environment, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide public access opportunities or support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme runs for three years from July 2021 until March 2024.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to all farmers and land managers from the private, public and charity sector.

The land where the  proposed project will take place must be within the Dartmoor National Park Boundary.

You must manage all the land included in the application and have control of all the activities you’d like to undertake, or you must have written consent from all parties who have this management and control.

Other organisations and individuals can apply, if it’s in collaboration with a farmer or land manager, supports a farmer or a group of farmers.

Common land is eligible for support. You can apply as a landowner with sole rights or as a group of commoners acting together.

This is a programme of funding for one-off projects, not an agri-environment scheme. Carrying out a project through this programme will not affect your ability to enter the new environmental land management schemes.

Applying for funding

How to apply

Before applying, we would encourage you to contact the Farming in Protected Landscapes team at the National Park to discuss your application. Please fill out an online enquiry form.

We also suggest you read Defra’s Guidance for Applicants document first for more details on eligibility.

Multi-year awards are possible for longer projects. All projects must end by March 2024.

We are currently accepting enquiries and applications for year 2 (2022/23) and year 3 (2023/24) of the Farming in Protected Landscape programme.

Example projects

Find out what projects could be supported through Farming in Protected Landscapes

View examples of projects

What outcomes are expected?

The Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme will pay for projects that provide value for money and meet at least one of the outcomes in these four themes.

Climate outcomes

  • More carbon is stored and/or sequestered
  • Flood risk is reduced
  • Farmers, land managers and the public better understand what different habitats and land uses can store carbon and reduce carbon emissions
  • The landscape is more resilient to climate change

Nature outcomes

  • There is a greater area of habitat improved for biodiversity
  • There is an increase in biodiversity
  • There is greater connectivity between habitats
  • Existing habitat is better managed

People outcomes

  • There are more opportunities for people to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There are more opportunities for more diverse audiences to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There is greater public engagement in land management, such as through volunteering
  • Farmers and land managers feel increasingly comfortable with providing public goods

Place outcomes

  • The quality and character of the landscape is reinforced or enhanced
  • Historic structures and features are conserved, enhanced or interpreted more effectively
  • There is an increase in farm business resilience

Your project must help to deliver at least one of the objectives in the Dartmoor National Park Partnership Plan

Contact us

If you want to discuss your application or have any questions, please contact the Farming in Protected Landscapes Team at fipl@dartmoor.gov.uk or call 01626 832093 and ask to speak with a member of the team.