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National grants for farmers and land managers

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Countryside Stewardship Scheme

We offer help with applications for Natural England’s Countryside Stewardship Scheme (higher tier, mid tier, capital grants, woodland support, catchment sensitive farming, facilitation fund, hedgerows and boundaries grant scheme).

Countryside Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme which provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England who deliver effective environmental management on their land. Its primary objectives are to:

  • Conserving and restoring wildlife habitats
  • Flood risk management
  • Redcuing widespread water pollution from agriculture
  • Keeping the character of the countryside
  • Preserving features important to the history of the rural landscape
  • Encouraging educational access

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is a funding scheme for land based businesses, rural tourism organisations and other small rural businesses.  It will run from 2014 to 2020.

Catchment Sensitive Farming Project (CSF)

The Catchment Sensitive Farming Project (CSF) delivers practical solutions and targeted support to enable farmers and land managers to take voluntary action to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment.

Countryside Stewardship (CS)

Countryside Stewardship provides financial incentives for land managers to look after their environment.

Enviromental Stewardship (ES)

Environmental Stewardship scheme agreements are still running and continue to provide financial incentives for land manager to look after their environment.

Peak District National Park Grant Scheme (PDNPGS)

The National Park Authority also offers our own grant scheme for help with projects that may not be suitable for the main national schemes. The grants are discretionary and funds are limited. If you are a tenant farmer, we recommend you talk to your landlord before you contact us.

Following the successes of the previous three years (2015-17), the partnership project between the PDNPA and the Woodland Trust is again looking for more suitable sites for new native woodland planting. The Peak District Small Woodland Creation Scheme was set up to fund planting in small areas where the national Countryside Stewardship Scheme is not applicable, and has so far supported 30 hectares of  woodland creation.

We would welcome any enquiries for any potential woodland creation opportunities. Please contact Ben Lambert on 01629 816395 or email ben.lambert@peakdistrict.gov.uk for further information.

RDPE Growth Programme (RDPEGP)

The RDPE Growth Programme provides grant funding for projects  in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy.

RDPE LEADER Funding

LEADER funding is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers.


If you would like more information or advice, you can contact our team of advisers.

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