The Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) has been working with eighteen farmers in the Central Chilterns Farmer Cluster, to help plan and deliver landscape scale habitat creation and restoration projects.
For this hedgerow project, the Chilterns Conservation Board applied for £134,000 of Farming in Protected Landscapes funding on behalf of eight of the farms. The farmers planned specific hedgerow projects that would be completed by the end of March 2022. The project also secured £34,965 funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £8,896 contribution from the eight farms involved.
Prior to this Farming in Protected Landscapes project starting, each of the farms had a Whole Farm Plan produced as part of the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs project, and this really helped speed up the application because a lot of the survey work and strategic thinking had already been done.
The project had multiple objectives, meeting many of the programme themes as well as priorities of the Chilterns AONB:
The CCB was the lead applicant for the project and managed the delivery across the eight farms. In total across the eight farms the project has:
The objectives of the project are therefore already being met and will continue to be met over time as new hedgerows mature and existing hedgerows re-grow.
The farmer cluster was established as part of the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs landscape partnership, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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