Agriculture: Finance

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

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.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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:

The North

Cumbrian Catchments Pioneer (Environment Agency)

Northumberland National Park

North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Federation of Cumbrian Commoners

23 Burns Collective (Farmer led collaboration)

Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Northern Forests (Woodland Trusts)

The Midlands

Peak District National Park

Forest of Bowland National Park

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Payment by Results Trials

Wildlife Trust/ Farmers Management Plan Collective (Worcestershire and Gloucestershire)

Anglia

Payments by Results Trials

Essex Water

The South and South East

South Downs National Park

Kent Downs AONB

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)

Exmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park

Cotswolds AONB

Quantocks AONB

Blackdowns AONB

Cranbourne Chase AONB

Cornwall 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

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