Schemes & Funding
There are a number of local funding schemes available to support farm businesses:
Drinking Water Protection
Severn Trent’s Environmental Protection Scheme is available in their target areas near the main rivers Lugg, Frome and Wye. To see if your land is eligible and find out what is available click here.
Meadow Restoration & Creation
Herefordshire Meadows can help land managers access funding to create or restore flower rich grassland in the Wye catchment. To find out more about the advice and funding available click here
Natural Flood Management
Herefordshire Council have free farm advice and grant funding available until March 2027 across ten stream catchments in Herefordshire. To see if your land falls within their priority areas click here.
Herefordshire Council’s share of the Rural Prosperity Fund will enable businesses to diversify, invest in skills and enhance our tourism offer. To find out about the grant schemes that will be available click here.
Farming in Protected Landscapes
Land managers in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can access funding to deliver a wide range of enhancements on their holding.
There are also national funding schemes that could help your business to deliver environmental outcomes and invest in equipment to improve efficiency:
Sustainable Farming Incentive
SFI pays farmers for actions that support food production and can help improve farm productivity and resilience, while also protecting and improving the environment. There are currently 23 actions available for land managers:
- Soil health
- Integrated pest management
- Nutrient management
- Farmland wildlife on arable and horticultural land, and improved grassland
- Buffer strips
- Low input grassland
DEFRA have produced a complete manual for the scheme and its actions which can be viewed here.
There are also sector leaflets which summarise which options may be of most interest for particular sectors:
England Woodland Creation Grant
Provides funding to create new woodland on areas that are at least 1 hectare. You can apply for EWCO at any time of the year until the scheme closes. There are also other grants available for woodland creation, maintenance, management and tree health.