The Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme seeks to provide investment in protected landscapes to help deliver outcomes for the environment, people and place by working in partnership with farmers.

It is open to all farmers and land managers (including from the private, public and charity sectors) in the North Wessex Downs AONB or where activity on the ground can bring benefit to the AONB. 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.

You can see the boundary of the AONB by visiting the MAGIC mapping website. Click on ‘designations’, ‘land-based designations’ and then ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty England.’

Explore the boundary of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The programme will run from July 2021 to March 2024 and will be delivered by farmers and land managers in partnership with the North Wessex Downs AONB on farmed or managed land. Funding will support groups and individuals proposing projects and approved by the AONB FiPL Officer or Local Assessment Panel.

The application windows are between July and January annually and the applicants will need to have undertaken and claimed for the work by the end of the financial year.

Before you apply:

  1. Review the information on this page, in the Guidance to Applicants document, and to help generate more ideas and build better projects watch the webinars and read the supplementary information.
  2. Contact Rob West, Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer, for advice on the programme including to discuss your ideas, the payment rates and intervention rates for your project.
  3. OR submit an Enquiry Form to

How you apply

The AONB staff will send you an application form for you to complete and return to the FiPL Officer.

Once you have applied

You should expect to hear back from your Protected Landscape team within 10 working days of your application being submitted.

Further Enquiries

For all enquiries contact Rob West our Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer at

image credits: Mowing haylage towards Ladle Hill & Watership Down, Lord Carnarvon; Misty dawn from Adams Grave, Dave Gray; Barley, Ann Shepley