New farm scheme
The Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM), is a new grant system for farmers which will in time replace Countryside Stewardship.
This means that farmers will not be paid according to how much land they own but for delivering beneficial outcomes including: clean air and water, thriving plants and wildlife, protection from environmental hazards, and enhanced beauty in our landscapes. Heritage, engagement with the landscape, and reduction and adaptation to climate change are also important elements as we look to the future.
This is great news for the environment and for farmers who will be more supported financially to deliver benefits. The schemes will start in 2024 and protected landscapes including AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) will begin to engage with farmers to support their participation in the ELM scheme from early next year. The Norfolk Coast Partnership has already been in discussions with Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and the Broads National Park over possible collaboration work here in East Anglia. They are looking forward to working even more closely with local farmers in the AONB and to help facilitate positive change for our landscape, wildlife and people.