hedge management is not always cheap, but grant aid for hedge laying and
hedge planting is available in Somerset.
National Park Authority
Landscape Conservation Grants
for full details, guidance notes and the short application form.
The aim of this 3 year grant scheme is to support a range of projects
and traditional management works that benefit the landscape, wildlife
and cultural heritage of Exmoor National Park.
Funding is in the form of small grants, typically up to 50%. You may submit
applications for different projects, but the maximum grant per holding
is £2500 per year. The grant can support projects such as hedge
bank management, scrub and bracken control, orchard management, pond restoration
and care of historic features or other landscape conservation work.
If you need any further information, have any queries or need some help
with a project idea, please contact Heather Harley, Conservation Advisor
(Farming) on 01398 322277 or email hjharley@.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
the new agri-environment scheme Environmental Stewardship was introduced,
comprising the Entry Level Scheme (ELS) and the Higher Level Scheme (HLS).
The scheme has now closed and is being followed by the new Countryside
Stewardship Scheme with mid- and higher-tier options. Details to follow.
Sensitive Area Scheme (ESA)
schemes are now closed. See the DEFRA
website for more details.
further information Tel. 0117 959 1000
well as the administration of Environmental Stewardship, grants may be
available from Natural
projects enabling the safeguarding, management and enhancement of
sites and species of nature conservation importance and their enjoyment
by the public;
enabling local communities to participate more fully in conservation
designed to encourage the development of management for wildlife within
natural areas of the countryside;
projects demonstrating new initiatives which are likely to have a
wider relevance and further the practice of nature conservation;
proposals which implement the concept of integrating nature conservation
with other interests and potentially competing activities.
for wildlife projects must contribute to Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs).