To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that within the operation of the New Environmental Land Management Scheme sufficient funding is available for managing and restoring hedgerows, dry-stone walls, historic sites, traditional farm buildings and for safeguarding key features that contribute to the improvement of the United Kingdom's landscapes.
The new Rural Development Programme will see us investing at least £3.5 billion in rural development schemes. We will spend a larger share of the rural development funding on the environment (87% compared to 83% in the previous Programme), with over £3 billion for agri-environment schemes over the life of the Programme. The new scheme will provide funding for a range of boundary, historic, and landscape options. We are also proposing to provide a universal small scale grant for a limited range of capital items including hedgerow laying, coppicing and gapping up, hedgerow trees, dry-stone wall restoration and repair and earth bank restoration and casting up.