Tag Archives: Land and Heritage

Rural Diversification

The only certainty for farmers and landowners over the next few years is uncertainly.  For over 70 years individual farmers have benefited from price support and more recently from area payments for owning or farming land.  In leaving the EU it is likely that the Government will move towards a system of payments which require landowners for providing a range of public benefits based on ecosystem services.  Michael Gove has announced a pilot ELMS (Environmental Land Management Scheme) to start in 2021, with the intention of it becoming national and replacing the current Basic Payments Scheme, and indeed Countryside Stewardship, in 2024.  How the detail will come about and whether Brexit will slow things remains to be seen, but we will all benefit from this policy which over time, which will improve air and water quality, reduce flood risk and enhance wildlife. Continue reading

South Hooe: recreating wetlands and species rich grassland

South Hooe Peninsula, from the Cornwall bank

We have recently been working on a contract for a private client, funded through Natural England, undertaking a feasibility study into the restoration of species rich grassland and also freshwater wetland habitats.  The Tamar Valley AONB is helping facilitate the work and it also involves the Environment Agency.  Add in to the mix that the landowner is a former Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group advisor and you have a rather nice group of people to work for! Continue reading

Ecology, archaeology, landscape architects and architects at the South West Land and Heritage Symposium at The Garden House, Devon

South West Land and Heritage Symposium

The South West Land and Heritage Syposium at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Devon

Land and Heritage have just hosted the first South West Land and Heritage Symposium at The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Devon. This networking event brought together professionals from the land heritage sector including gardeners, landscape architects, ecologists and archaeologists to highlight a few.

The South West Land and Heritage Symposium delegates at The Garden House, Devon

Simon Humphreys, Director of Land and Heritage, opened with these words:  Continue reading