We target our funded schemes, knowledge and advice to farmers and land managers throughout the country, whilst giving guidance and leadership to our partners, farming community and government.
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On our most popular scheme, farmers and land managers could earn £30 per hectare for environmental management at the entry level. Find out more about funding for farmers and land managers.
If you are a farmer or land manager you may be able to access funded schemes that work with your farm business. You can also benefit from our farm visits and events to get the best environmental outcome for your land.
If you and your family want to know more and see how farmers are looking after the land you can visit a farm or country estate, get your school involved through Educational access, or take your family to Open Farm Sunday.
FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) is the leading charity inspiring children to learn more about food, farming and the countryside - where their food comes from, how it is produced, how the countryside is looked after.
Your organisation or business can also work with us to get the best from the countryside and environment, through sponsorship and marketing opportunities. Our land agents page gives updates on what's happeining on land stewardship.
Funding schemes are supported by sound advice and information. Contact us
Farm visits and events - provide advice and information through farm walks, workshops, clinics and farm visits
Organic conversion advice - free advice on the practicalities of converting to organic production.
England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative - aims to reduce the pollution of surface-water bodies caused by farming operations.
Cross Compliance - is the set of conditions which claimants of direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have to meet. Such payments include those made under the Single Payment Scheme and certain Rural Development schemes.
Regulations have been introduced to encourage better land management practice and to protect the natural environment. We have responsibilities in connection with some of these regulations, for example the Heather and Grass Burning (England) Regulations 2007. Find out more in Regulation and licensing.
(15 April 2013) Farmers on the Somerset Levels and Moors, who are recovering from the devastating effects of last year’s weather, will be helped by a new Somerset County Council project, which has been backed by Natural England.
(9 November 2012) The first agri-environment schemes were set up in 1987, with the introduction of the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme (ESAs), to help conserve and improve the rural environment by encouraging environmentally friendly farming methods.
(5 October 2012) Rob Allan from Oxfordshire has scooped the prestigious ‘Countryside Farmer of the Year’ Award at this year’s Farmers Weekly Awards ceremony, which took place in London on Thursday 4 October.
(4 October 2012) Cumberland sausage and Kendal mint cake might still be the most strongly recognised Cumbrian food products but delegates at a recent food tourism conference heard that there’s much more going on in the county.
(31 July 2012) Poul Christensen, Chair of Natural England, has paid a visit to the RSPB’s Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire to see how profitable farming and increasing the populations of threatened wildlife can go hand-in-hand.
Open to all farmers, land managers and tenants in England, you can receive payment to deliver effective environmental management on your land.
Celebrating 25 years of agri-environment schemes
Already in a scheme? You still have options
Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE)
The Campaign, in wide partnership, seeks to increase the uptake of Environmental Stewardship. How to get involved.
The Prince's Countryside Fund
Inspired by the Prince of Wales, provides money to support long term sustainability of the British countryside, raised from Business in the Community projects.