We have been told this morning that our application to DEFRA’s Landscape Recovery scheme has been successful!

The bid was supported by 36 landowners stretching from Leominster to Goodrich, covering 4500hectares of farmland.

The Wyescapes Landscape Recovery scheme will enable long-term land use and management changes to restore and enhance water quality in our rivers, boost biodiversity, sequester carbon, hand in hand with sustainable food production.

The Wyescapes scheme will now enters a two year development phase during which long term land management approaches are outlined by each participating land owner,  private financing secured to fund that management, and contracts developed to commit delivery. When and if all of those steps are agreed a 20year delivery period will begin.

Our thanks to all of the landowners that supported the bid, we are looking forward to developing this scheme with you over the next two years.

We are looking forward to working with our project partners Wye Valley National Landscape (previously AONB), Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Herefordshire Meadows & the Wye & Usk Foundation to deliver this scheme for the Wye. 

The ambition is to expand the coverage of the project significantly, so there are opportunities for other landowners in the county to still get involved. If you’d like to know more or express your interest please get in touch via director@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk 

See the DEFRA announcement here: Landscape Recovery: sharing the successful second round projects – Farming (blog.gov.uk)

 

 

 

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