Protected Landscapes – our National Landscapes  (formerly called AONBs) and National Parks – are special and unique places. By supporting the farmers, land managers and people who live and work in these areas, we can help protect a huge range of habitats and species and support local communities.

To help do this, Defra has introduced the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which can provide funding (minimum grants of £2,000 up to the maximum of £50,000) for eligible projects in the East Devon National Landscape.

Funding sustainable farming

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is open to all farmers and land managers within a National Park or National Landscape  in England as part of the Government’s Agricultural Transitional Plan, which sets out how Defra’s support for farmers and land managers is changing over the next few years.

It supports farmers and land managers to carry out projects that:

  • support nature recovery
  • mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses

This is a programme of funding for one-off projects covering these areas of work, not an agri-environment scheme. 



The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is open to all farmers and land managers (including from the private, public and charity sector) and can support activity on any land within the East Devon National Landscape. 

You can see the East Devon National Landscape (formerly called AONB) boundary by visiting the MAGIC mapping website.

It can also support activity on other land where projects can demonstrate benefit to the East Devon National Landscape, or the objectives of the Management Plan for the area. Most of the funding will probably be provided to projects within the East Devon National Landscape 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, as long as they do this in collaboration with a farmer or land manager, or in support of a farmer or group of farmers.
  • Common land is eligible for support through the Programme. You can apply as a landowner with sole rights, or as a group of commoners acting together.

Successful applications

So far, more than 1000 projects have been approved across the UK.

View case studies of some of the approved East Devon projects below:


Download the leaflet (click image) for further examples of some of the projects that have been funded nationally, what farmers have said about the programme, and how to apply

What the programme will pay for

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


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 the resilience of nature friendly sustainable farm businesses, which in turn contributes to a more thriving local economy

Your project must also help to deliver at least one of the policy priorities of the East Devon AONB Partnership Plan.

For example, the programme might support:

  • promoting connectivity between habitats
  • replacing stiles with gates on public footpaths, to promote easier access
  • conserving historic features on a farm, such as lime kilns or mining heritage
  • supporting a locally branded food initiative that promotes the links between the product and the landscape in which it is produced
  • action to store more carbon on a farm
  • gathering data and evidence to help inform conservation and farming practice

Details of our priorities can be found in the Guidance for Applicants document (see below).


The grant has a rolling application window. 

A Local Assessment Panel will consider applications over £5000. Applications under £5000 will be delegated to the National Landscape Manager. The Local Assessment Panel will meet approximately every 8wks.  Successful applications will need to be financially completed by March of each financial year.

We will also consider applications for funding in the second year of the programme, especially if you aim to begin early in the financial year. Multi-year awards are possible for longer projects, but all projects must end by March 2025.

To discuss an idea/register your interest prior to application, please contact us as below.

email: [email protected]

call: 01404 642030



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