A £2 million grant scheme is being rolled out this year in five national parks, offering funding for land managers to restore their historic farm buildings, the government has announced.
Defra has announced its new simplified Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) options are open for business, alongside a sister scheme offering grants for the restoration of hedgerows and boundaries.
Farmer representatives are demanding a guarantee from government that existing agri-environment schemes will be honoured in full once the UK has left the EU.
The call comes after Natural England said that funding decisions for Countryside Stewardship are being reviewed in the wake of the recent EU referendum. Until the outcome is known, no new grants will be approved.
Welsh farmers will soon be able to bid for a share of £37m through the country’s Rural Development Programme (RDP), known as Glastir.
Five different schemes will open on 29 February offering grants to farming businesses for sustainability projects and land management, animal welfare improvements, food enterprises and also support grants for rural communities.
The Sustainable Production Grant Scheme will offer £6m for capital investments in facilities and equipment related to animal health and welfare, crop storage, livestock housing and handling, renewable energy production and soil and crop management.
Farmers are being reminded that grants of up to 40% are available to farmers and rural businesses In England investing in projects that will create jobs in rural areas.
The Growth Programme offers up to £140,000 for business development, food processing and small-scale tourism initiatives.
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