FiPL extension great news for Farmers

Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) grants and funding streams provide farmers looking to improve biodiversity on their land financial assistance without many of the restrictions posed by government agri-environment schemes. The scheme has been developed by Defra, and, in Norfolk, is delivered locally through the Broads Authority and Norfolk Coast Partnership

The good news is that the funding is now extended to 2025, and farmers and land managers in AONBs, National Parks and the Broads can all apply for funding under its conditions. To be eligible the project must benefit climate, nature, people or place within the protected landscape, or the protected landscape body’s objectives or partnership initiatives.

Ed Stocker, who manages the FiPL programme for the Norfolk Coast Protected Landscape, says the funding can be used to promote innovative projects that support farm profitability as well delivering for nature and local communities. He makes the point that the funds available aren’t limitless, and FiPL is not just open to farmers, so it is important that farmers take the opportunity while it is there.

Ed will be speaking about the FiPL programme at the NNCG Group meeting on 10 February at Fakenham Racecourse.

FiPL will fund projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change and protect or improve the quality and character of landscapes.
To apply, farmers must manage all the land included in the application and have control of all the activities they would like to do.
Common land is also eligible for this funding. Commoners can apply as a landowner with sole rights, or as a group of commoners acting together.

Farmers can submit their application anytime up until the programme closes for applications in 2025. For more information or for an informal chat, contact Ed Stocker on edward.stocker@norfolk.gov.uk