Resources & Other Information

Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme – Priorities for the North Wessex Downs

Webinar recording of 15th July 2021 (which you can view on YouTube) in which Henry Oliver, Director of the North Wessex Downs AONB shares the initial details of the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. The programme has been developed with the support of a group of AONB and National Park staff from across the country and is open to all farmers and land managers within an AONB or National Park in England.

Henry sets out the application process and timetable and outlines the local priorities for the Farming in Protected Landscapes in the North Wessex Downs AONB.

FIPL in the North Wessex Downs AONB Year 1 – 2021/22

The Farming in Protected Landscapes Team has been busy delivering the first year of the Programme in the North Wessex Downs AONB. The FiPL Officer Rob West and the FiPL Business Support Officer Katharine Cook have worked closely with the Local Assessment Panel, the other team members from the AONB unit and a whole host of farmers, land managers and other stakeholders. As a result the entire budget for 2021/22 was allocated and successfully delivered.

Projects include:

Town Description FiPL Grant
Andover Cover Crops £4,560.00
Newbury Hedge creation £31,805.58
Abingdon Elm Revival £14,503.10
 Newbury Direct drill investment £31,420.00
Marlborough Hedge Planting, Sheep Handling and Electric Fencing Equipment £29,217.66
18 farms North of Andover Wessex Farm Conservation Cluster Group £16,750.00
Pewsey Downs Farmers Group Generating a Buzz: Pollinators for the Pewsey Downs and Vale (Phase 1) £2,250.00
 Newbury Stock fencing the River Pang £16,440.00
Hungerford Purchase of a strip till/ hybrid drill £26,110.00
Southern Streams Farmer Group, nr Marlborough Mapping App for Southern Streams £20,550.00
Newbury In-field trees and nesting boxes £3,158.40
 Marlborough Washing and Wildlife corridors £7,520.00
Upper Pang Valley Cluster, Pangbourne Farm Carbon Assessments £4,450.00
Abingdon Carbon Audit: establishing the farm’s carbon baseline £8,296.31
Marlborough Kissing gates £744.00
Marlborough Rainwater Harvesting £3,125.00
Basingstoke Pasture Cropping Trial to Assess Landscape Scale Farming System Change £107,696.19
 Marlborough Pond reinstatement £9,890.00
Pewsey Downs Farmers Group Generating a Buzz: Pollinators for the Pewsey Downs and Vale (Phase 2) £7,688.00
Andover Compostable loos project £2,900.36
Hungerford Land Management Plan £687.00
Marlborough Wooden cattle handling system £3,040.00
Marlborough Downs Nature Enhancement Farming Ltd. Wetland creation and chalkstream habitat restoration;  Marlborough Downs community events programme. £28,986.46
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust Mowing and Mooing in the North Wessex Downs £21,896.38
Lambourn Chalk Download Restoration, Dew Pond Creation and Permissive Path Signage £2,126.10
Newbury Parkland Survey + Plan £3,400.00
Newbury Parkland Survey £4,885.00
Action River Kennet Lower Shalbourne River Restoration & Fish Pass Project £4,900.00

Downloads

Sample Application Form

This is for information only. Please do not fill this form in before you have discussed your project with the North Wessex Downs AONB team and you have been advised to apply.

Sample-Application-Form-NWD-AONB-Farming-in-Protected-Landscapes.pdf

DEFRA Guidance to Applicants - FiPL

Guidance for applicants to Farming in Protected Landscapes produced by DEFRA.

DEFRA-Guidance-to-Applicants-FiPL-1.pdf

FiPL Year 1 Headlines

A document summarising some of the ley achievements of the 2021/22 financial year for FiPL.

FiPL Year 1 Headlines

Case Study - Elm Revival - Dr Robin Buxton

A case study outlining the FiPL Year 1 project Elm Revival at Church Farm at Little Whittenham.

Case Study Dr Robin Buxton

Case Study - Generating a Buzz: Pollinators for the Pewsey Downs and Vale - Simon Smart

A case study outlining the FiPL Year 1 project Generating a Buzz: Pollinators for the Pewsey Downs and Vale with the Pewsey Downs Farmer Group.

Case Study Pewsey Downs Group

Case Study - Pasture Cropping Trial to Assess Landscape Scale Farming System Change - Tim May

A case study outlining the FiPL Year 1 project Pasture Cropping Trial to Assess Landscape
Scale Farming System Change at Kingsclere Estate

Case Study Tim May

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Further Enquiries

For all enquiries contact Rob West our Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer at RobertWest@northwessexdowns.org.uk

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