Farming in a Nationally Protected Landscape

Welcome the the farming hub for Cornwall National Landscape.

Farming in a Nationally Protected Landscape

Cornwall National Landscape consists of 75% farmed land

We are committed to supporting farmers to achieve a sustainable and profitable farm business and deliver outcomes for people, place, nature and climate.

We are prioritising working with farmers to identify and understand their natural capital and ecosystem services, support increasing biodiversity, sequestering and storing carbon and natural flood management which are embedded in the aims and objectives within the Cornwall National Landscape (AONB) Management Plan alongside their role of local food and fibre production. Farmers are integral to our cultural heritage and are the architects of the conservation and enhancement of the protected landscape for future generations.

Challenges

Until 2027 the gradual transition from EU-led countryside stewardship schemes to UK government produced, and DEFRA-run, Environmental Land Management schemes is taking place, with aims to deliver grants for farmers to promote sustainable farming techniques. This means a loss of basic payments and many farmers and land mangers needing to reassess their farm businesses to make them more sustainable and resilient with innovative diversification.

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Challenges

Opportunities

With the rising costs of fuel and fertiliser there is an opportunity for farmers to work with a more regenerative farming approach to lower inputs and therefore costs, whilst maintaining or increasing productivity. Working towards a more diverse, resilient and sustainable farm business.

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Opportunities

Partners

The Cornwall National Landscape Partnership works together to understand and communicate how future schemes can be a tool to deliver improved environmental benefits, sensitive access and wellbeing. There are specific partners in Cornwall National Landscape who advise and support within the farming industry.

Country Land & Business Association Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group South West National Farmers Union

Innovative and inspirational farming projects in the protected landscape

From min-till conversions to wildflower meadow matchmaking, farmland bird surveys to peer to peer learning; farmers, land managers and organisations are doing some amazing things to deliver for people, place, nature and climate.

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benefit to people

People

Supporting farmers and land managers. Continued communication to support young farmers and new entrants to help with succession to maintain well skilled land managers in the landscape forms part of our collective approach.

benefit to place

Place

We are supporting farmers and land managers to conserve and enhance the beauty and heritage in the natural environment, and make sure it can be enjoyed, used by and cared for by everyone.

benefit to nature

Nature

Working with farmers and land managers to increase biodiversity. Delivering nature recovery and growing a resilient network of land, water and sea that is richer in plants and wildlife.

benefit to climate

Climate

Working with farmers and land managers to help build resilience against climate change across agriculture, land use and food systems. Supporting natural flood management, Cornish hedges and a regenerative farming approach.

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Funding & Engagement

Cornwall National Landscape's Farming in Protected Landscape programme is running until March 2025. It is a grant-funding for Farmers and Landowners designed to deliver for People, Place, Nature and Climate. Funded by Defra and delivered by the Cornwall National Landscape team.

Get Involved

The programme is open to all farmers and land managers within the protected landscape. 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. The programme is aimed at land within the 12 Sections of Cornwall National Landscape, recognising its special value. Applications which include land outside the boundaries may be considered where project activity is on land close to the protected landscape and can be shown to bring benefit to Cornwall National Landscape itself.

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Funding & Engagement
70 Projects across Cornwall
1851 Ha of nature recovery
2091 Ha enhanced for carbon sequestration
25 Projects improving food security

What people are saying

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“It has been eye-opening the whole process, I’m glad I have been involved and something I’d recommend a farmer doing if they have the chance. I have looked forward to the meetings and always come away with a nugget of information.”

NEIRF Project
Farmer on the Lizard
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“The application itself was fairly straightforward. The equipment has been awesome so far, it is really saving time in grazing management. I was able to implement a mob grazing set up straight away and without the kit, I would be spending much more time setting up fences. The mobile water system is perfect, its designed for the job and helps to make the operation feel slick. The kit is making daily moves easy to do and the land is looking great for some rest. Loads of different species have been flowering all summer as the fields have a 60 day rest.”

Ben Thomas
Farmer at Treveddoe.
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“We’re immensely grateful to Cornwall National Landscape (AONB) for the FiPL grant that’s enabled specialised conservation repairs to a century-old barn with a previously collapsed wall. These improvements have made roosting conditions safer for colonies of rare lesser and greater horseshoe bats ; emergence surveys will soon provide data of the impact on their number.”

Ian Chadwick
Nature Reserves Officer

Our Projects

Farming for the Nation - Test Trial

Farming for the Nation - Test Trial

Project Description

How ELM can use a fuller understanding of natural capital and ecosystem services to provide a step change for the biodiversity and heritage of the Lizard Peninsula whilst also delivering wider multiple benefits for local communities.

Project Aim

Examine how objectives can be set for the provision of public goods in a rural farming landscape whilst also demonstrating how farmers can work collaboratively to deliver the objectives of ELMs.

Bodmin Moor Peatland Partnership

Bodmin Moor Peatland Partnership

Project Description

Bodmin Moor is our largest Section and forms one of the South West’s iconic peat moors that is not only a haven for wildlife but also provides us with fresh water and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by acting as a store for carbon.

Project Aim

South West Water will work with regional and local organisations, including the Cornwall AONB, to restore 1,680 hectares of damaged peatland on Bodmin Moor, Dartmoor and Exmoor.

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Project Description

Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) is a 4-year programme providing grant-funding for Farmers and Landowners designed to deliver for People, Place, Nature and Climate. The programme is funded by Defra and delivered by Cornwall National Landscape.

Project Aim

FiPL is helping to address the climate and biodiversity crisis, improve people’s engagement with the landscape, and support sustainable farm businesses and communities.

Farm for Nature

Farm for Nature

Project Description

"This project pilot secures through practical inputs, soil carbon baselining and pollinator monitoring, using the BEE Steward reporting, data we can use to help secure future funding for additional delivery."

Project Aim

Develop the funding opportunities to initiate and deliver the practical actions on farms identified in the Landscape Management Framework.

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Currently farming in a protected landscape?

Find out more about projects and events in Cornwall National Landscape that you can be part of. We are looking to work with farmers and farm clusters to bring about innovative projects delivering for people, place, nature and climate. From private investment and natural capital to art in the landscape contact us to see what's currently taking place and what's in the pipeline.

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