Grants and advice for landowners
There are a number of places where landowners can go for grants and advice. Below is just a selection of these. Please contact them directly for information and advice.
The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website has a range of information about farming, land management and environmental information. They also provide Rural Economies grants of up to £1 million or more for micro and SME businesses to boost farm competitiveness, and to support significant growth in the agri-food, rural tourism, forestry, renewable energy, and other high-potential sectors (e.g. ICT and creative).
Natural England provide funding for farmers and other land managers in England to reward them for managing the land in ways that improve the environment:
The Forestry Commission provide a range of grants, including:
- Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant
- Woodland Improvement Grant
- Woodland Management Grant
- Woodland Creation Grant
- Woodland Planning Grant
- Woodland Regeneration Grant
The East of England Grazing Forum
The East of England Grazing Forum was established to promote and develop livestock farming in the East of England. They provide advice and operate a successful grazing exchange.
Other grant sources
Other grant sources that may be useful include:
- The Landfill Tax Communities Fund
- The Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)
- The Woodland Trust's More Trees, More Good campaign. This campaign aims to increase the amount of native woodland cover in the UK, as it is one of the least wooded countries in Europe. If you have land, the Woodland Trust can assist you in planting trees and there is some grant-aid available.
- The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme - small grants to help farmers, foresters and horticultural businesses improve their competitiveness.