Earlier in February, the government announced that the FiPL grant would be extended by a further year from March 2024 to March 2025, which is significant for the programme and a fantastic opportunity for farmers.
Developed by DEFRA and supported by AONB’s (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and National Park staff, FiPL offers funding to farmers and landowners in AONB’s, National Parks and Broads across England.
To be eligible for the programme, the project must benefit the protected landscape. FiPL will fund projects that support nature recovery, reduce the impact of climate change and improve and protect the landscape.
It is fantastic that the scheme has been extended. We’ve already seen some great projects coming forward from farmers and landowners which deliver one or more of the FiPL priorities, whilst also fitting within and enhancing their farm business. Amongst the wide range of grants awarded we’ve seen agroforestry projects, meadow restoration, supporting the setting up of new farmer collaboration groups, restoration of historic buildings and farm diversification projects.