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A8 – Environmental land management scheme

How are we doing on this objective

By 2022, develop a locally tailored, locally delivered, outcome-focused environmental land management scheme to maintain, restore and improve the outstanding natural capital and rural heritage of the National Park.


Progress: The Farming and Land Management Forum is starting to develop an ‘outcomes based’ scheme, with due consideration to the governments ELMs design work. The preliminary work is focused on which type of funding streams would be useful to engage with – public, private or blended.


Rationale: Brexit provides an opportunity to re-think the way in which farming and land management can be better supported to deliver public benefits in a National Park.  Amongst the farming community there is strong support for a more collaborative approach that gives greater local flexibility to deliver a wider range of environmental outcomes whilst still allowing the whole farm to work as a system.  Through the Yorkshire Dales Farming and Land Management Forum and other local partnerships a consensus is emerging about how a future national agri-environment scheme should work in nationally-important environments like the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Lead partner:  Yorkshire Dales Farming & Land Management Forum

Supporting partnersNatural England; Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; Northern Hill Farming Panel; Forestry Commission.

Further information:   Future of farming – .GOV.uk website      

Cost over 5 years:  £100,000

Funding shortfall: None

Related objectives: A1; A9; C1; C2; C3; C4; D1; D2; D3; D5; E4; E9

Ecosystem services: Food provision; Timber provision; Genetic diversity; Energy; Climate regulation; Water quality; Water Flow; Soil quality; Soil erosion; Pollination; A sense of place and inspiration; A sense of history; Recreation; Biodiversity; Geodiversity.

Trade-offs: Any environmental land management scheme will act to reduce the amount of livestock, crops and other products that could, theoretically, otherwise be produced by farm businesses (E9).  In practice, evidence shows that most farm businesses in the National Park would not be viable without support from such schemes. 

Baseline: n/a