To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the (a) number and (b) regional breakdown of farms and other organisations that have applied to take part in the pilots for the introduction of Environmental Land Management Schemes contracts.
We received 113 proposals and ideas for tests and trials up to the 30 September 2018.
We are taking 50 forward in phase one. Those selected for the first phase of testing will help us to test critical elements and building blocks of the new system.
The 50 proposals we are taking forward are based around four broad themes:
Testing how the land management plan will work with different groups, sectors and geographies. We will explore what information, tools and support land managers will need to develop the plan and who would be involved.
Area based approaches looking at the way in which local priorities can be determined at different spatial scales.
How we value and pay for natural capital so the new schemes reward farmers and land managers for the true value of delivering the environmental benefits.
The role of new or innovative delivery mechanisms such as payment by results and reverse auctions.
Thirty-five of the proposals we are taking forward in phase one have a specific regional focus or bounded geographic interest:
The number of farmers and land managers to be involved in each Test and Trial are extremely variable and not known at this stage. We are working with proposers to develop their proposals into tests or trials.
Below is a breakdown of the 35 organisations by region:
Cumbrian Catchments Pioneer (Environment Agency)
Federation of Cumbrian Commoners
23 Burns Collective (Farmer led collaboration)
Northern Forests (Woodland Trusts)
Forest of Bowland National Park
Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Payment by Results Trials
Wildlife Trust/ Farmers Management Plan Collective (Worcestershire and Gloucestershire)
Payments by Results Trials
The South and South East
Cucksmere and Pevensey Levels
Kent and Sussex Wildlife Trust
Wildlife Trust/ Farmers Management Plan Collective (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Isle of White)
En-Trade (Wessex Water)
The South West
North Devon Landscapes (Natural England)
Cranbourne Chase AONB
Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership
Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
South Devon RSPB
Clinton Devon Estate
Somerset Levels (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group)
Cornish Wildlife Trusts