South Devon AONB Follaton House,
Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE


Tel: 01803 229330


Agri-environment schemes and the future

Farmers, growers and land managers  have helped shape the landscape as they  look after it and feed the nation.


There is a big positive change ahead: the Environmental Land Management Scheme (E.L.M.), which will be rolled out in 2024, will provide financial support as you continue to nurture the land you work.


2021 marks the start of a four-year transition period during which BPS payments will be phased out in the lead up to Environmental Land Management. The best way to keep payments coming in and ensure you’re ready for E.L.M. is to apply for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, and there is good news.


The scheme is being simplified with new offers to apply for, and additional penalties have been removed (although reductions can still occur where things can’t be put right). There will be advice and support to help you enhance the environment as part of a sustainable business.


From April 2021-2024, the Farming in Protected Landscapes scheme will provide financial support to farmers and other land managers in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The funding will help them support and manage the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access. If you would like to find out more
about these schemes and how to get involved you can register for a free online workshop in February or March.


Free online workshops


The start of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme in February and Farming in Protected Landscapes in April means there are steps you
can take now.


Attend an online workshop and find out more:


  • Find out what has changed in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme


  • Hear from farmers who are already in agri-environment schemes


  • Learn about the Farming in Protected Landscapes Scheme


Choose one of the following dates and times:

  • Monday 22nd February, 5:00-6:30pm
  • Thursday 4th March, 5:00-6:30pm
  • Tuesday 23rd March, 1:00-2:30pm


Register now at


 What we know so far


New schemes are moving away from the current Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

They will focus on 3 key areas:


Improving the environment


Improving animal health & welfare


Reducing carbon emissions



The transition will begin with several key changes:

  • Removal of greening rules
  • The first reduction of BPS (5-25%)
  • More detailed guidance on ELM will be published shortly
  • The national pilot will begin in the spring of 2021


From 2022 the Sustainable Farming Incentive will be available, intended to be a simple package accessible to all farmers and land managers.

From now until 31st March 2021 we will be offering this series of workshops for farmers and land managers across the AONB.   It is likely they will be online, but we will review if restrictions allow:


·       An introduction to what net zero means for farmers


·       The Carbon Toolkit and how to apply it


·       The true value of hedges – preparing for ELM


·       C S Mid tier overview with Q & A– considering your options


·       The Agricultural Transition Plan


Farming in protected landscapes



Commencing April 2021 for 3 years

DEFRA is proposing a time limited package to help farmers in protected landscapes, our AONBs and National Parks, to adapt during the transitional period ahead as the future of Britain’s agricultural world changes.


This programme commencing in April 2021 will lay the groundwork for the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM) by supporting farmers and land managers to deliver environmental outcomes.


The scheme will deliver funding through the Protected Landscapes bodies including the South Devon AONB Partnership to support farmers in making improvements to the natural environment, cultural heritage and public access on their land.


As a protected landscape, we will be involved in the delivery of this programme

Farmers  could benefit from the following:

  • Farm level projects to diversify incomes, to prepare for ELMS and create more green jobs
  • Wider infrastructure investment and projects supporting farmers and rural economies


Please download the flyers on the right to find out about free workshops you can attend to help your business.




Keeping in touch


Please email us to confirm you’d like to be kept on our mailing list.

Louise Lethbridge: [email protected]


Feel free to mention this to neighbours, friends and family who farm or manage land in the South Devon AONB


If you have any queries or would like to discuss any of this information, please email or call:


Louise:  [email protected]  tel: 07967 683577 or

Diane:  [email protected]    tel: 01803 229333

Related Information

FREE workshop,find out more about the new Farming in Protected Landscape Programme:

22nd Feb. 4th March,or 23rd March


Agri environment schemes and the future



Carbon and business solutions: FREE workshop 10th Feb or 25th Feb


Carbon and Farming Intro Workshop

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