The East Devon AONB Partnership is part of two Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) areas of work

1) A National programme of ‘Tests and Trials’ for the proposed new ELMS – the scheme being developed by Defra to replace the current Environmental Stewardship programme operating through the EU Agricultural Policy programmes.

2) An ELMs advocacy programme coordinated for Defra through the NAAONB to support and prepare farmers in AONBs and National Parks for the new ELMS and changes in farming.  


The ELMS Test and Trial project runs from December 2019 to May 2021. As part of a wider NAAONB programme entitled ‘Farming for the Nation’, it is testing a range of approaches across 12 AONBs in England. The East Devon proposal is focussed on the Umborne Valley to work with farmers and landowners with small High Nature Value habitat (that is currently not qualifying for other schemes based on scale) to develop joint/collaborative ELM schemes as part of a wider nature recovery network.


The ELMS Advocacy project runs from December 2020 to March 2021 and is delivered in collaboration with the Blackdown Hills and Dorset AONBs through FWAG(SW).  It includes a series of workshops covering the current agri-environment schemes as well as details on the new Agricultural Transition Programme. It also includes a survey and 1:1 focus discussions with farmers to gather further information on the farm business and farmer preparedness and understanding of the new agricultural programmes. 

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OBJECTIVES of the projects

  • To trial new approaches for the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) and explore approaches to joint/collaborative ELM schemes as part of a wider nature recovery network.
  • To support farmer awareness and preparation for ELMS and the changes in farming and explore how AONBs can advise and support the farming sector in a future Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.


  • December 2019 – May 2021 –  ELMS Test and Trial Project. (Final report HERE
  • Dec 2020 – March 2021 – ELMS advocacy Project. (Final report HERE)   

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