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White Peak Landscape Recovery

White Peak Landscape

What is Landscape Recovery?

It’s a new Defra scheme to recover nature and benefit farming across whole landscapes.

In the Peak District, it’s for farmers and land managers working together with the National Park to enhance the White Peak’s wildlife.

White Peak farm land

What area will it cover?

The ambition is to include the whole of the White Peak, though this depends on interest from farmers and may take some years to achieve – the more farms involved the better.

In September 2023 we submitted a bid for a 2 year Development Phase which includes land in the target area shown on the map below. This included 44 holdings, where farming is central to the business, in addition to 14 smallholders, conservation organisations, estates and quarry companies – a total of 58 signatories. Thank you to everyone!

What sort of work might this support?

Everyone involved will help decide what it covers, it could be...

  • traditional and nature-friendly mixed farming with legume-herb swards
  • planting scattered trees along field edges and corners
  • enhancing existing flower-rich grasslands and hay meadows
  • low-input woody pasture or agro-forestry on the dale-tops.

Bee on Scabius


Please email or phone us: or 01629 816200.

As soon as we hear anything from Defra on the success of the bid we will be in touch.

Useful documents

Project area map

Map of White Peak Landscape Recovery area

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