New programme: Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes is a 3-year Defra funded programme through which the AONB Partnership will offer grants to farmers and landowners for projects which deliver benefits to nature, climate, people and place. 

Grants over £5,000 will be decided by a Grant Approvals Panel, and applications are being invited from individuals to be a member of the Panel.  Panel members will need to have a good understanding of the delivery of nature, climate and public benefits by farming and managing land in the Shropshire Hills AONB. 

Panel members will have to undertake training and follow guidance, read a significant number of applications and attend Panel meetings for decision making (frequency is not yet certain but may be around every 6-8 weeks).  

This is a formal role with responsibility for awarding contractual grants through Shropshire Council as accountable body, and will be governed by various regulations and guidance.  There will be a process for any declaration of interests.  It is a voluntary role but members will be able to claim expenses in certain circumstances. 
If you have experience of farming, countryside management, natural or cultural heritage, wildlife and environmental conservation, public access and inclusivity, sustainable tourism or rural business and would like to support the delivery of this national programme within the Shropshire Hills AONB then we would be pleased to hear from you.  

Please make an initial expression of interest to with your name and contact details.  A short, written application will be required for this role, and we will respond with the application details in due course.   
Farming in Protected Landscapes will be running in all of the English National Parks and AONBs.  The national framework of the programme is being approved by Defra at present and as yet details have not been released in writing about the programme. 

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