Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme

The Isles of Scilly AONB Partnership is inviting Expressions of Interest in Defra’s Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme for 2021-2022.


The funding is open to all farmers and land managers within the AONB. To be eligible the project must benefit the protected landscape, or the protected landscape management plan objectives around climate, nature, people, place.


Please download the information and contact Rebecca Williams at for a pre-application discussion and to learn more about the programme.


  • Supporting permissive access including repair and new routes

  • Soil sampling and equipment, including soil organic matter

  • Equipment & structures to improve efficiency of water use – rainwater harvesting, irrigation systems, dairy parlour equipment

  • Natural flood management structures that will help with retention of rainwater – swales, ponds, ditches, woody dams

  • Establishing field trials for cover crops or other regenerative methods

  • Compost and manure management systems

  • Precision farming sensors – water sensors, soil probes, other technology

  • Equipment and infrastructure to help with managing livestock – invisible fences?

  • Repairing hedges and gates

  • Facilities and equipment to support local food networks

  • Management, restoration and repair of shelter belts

  • Soil health & regenerative ag advice - Soilmentor training for example, or FCCT

  • Apps & tech

  • Data gathering and monitoring equipment and techniques

  • Seed-sharing and seed banks to protect local flower populations

  • Regular farmer-facing meetings

The AONB Partnership, through the Council of the Isles of Scilly, has secured support from Cornwall Council and have Farm Liaison support from Becky Hughes. Becky has worked in direct farm advice for over a decade, with FWAG South West, Championing the Farmed Environment, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Peak District National Park. FACTS and Basis Qualified, specialist knowledge in nature recovery, natural resource protection. Has worked on Defra ELM Test & Trials and is involved with SFI Pilot and Nature Recovery engagement with Natural England. Working on developing engagement and information delivery around environmental growth, nature recovery, Future Schemes and public goods. Keeping up-to-date on an ongoing basis with Future Schemes, farming policy and regulation and environmental regulation with particular reference to agriculture and land management sector.


Becky will be visiting the islands week commencing September 20th. If you would like to meet with Becky please email Rebecca Williams (Council’s Environment & Sustainability Officer: AONB) for more information.


If you have any queries relating to this programme please email Rebecca Williams.

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