Quantock Grants & Funding
Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund
The Quantock Hills AONB Service is delivering the Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £5,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals and landscape enhancement projects.
The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development. Since its launch in 2015 the funding provided has enabled over 2.6km of new native hedge to be planted, nearly 4km of important hedgerows to be managed, over 230 orchard trees to be planted, 12Ha of woodland brough back into management, nearly 2,000 native trees to be planted and nearly 12Ha of wildflower meadows to be planted.
Projects could include tree planting, works to manage hedgerows, orchard planting or restoration, planting of wildflower meadows, management of small woodlands, willow pollarding or pond restoration.
Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Chairman, Anthony Trollope-Bellew said ‘The fund has delivered so much to enhance our local landscapes over the past 5 years. It is a great opportunity for our communities to improve their local environments and we hope that by being able to continue to support a wide range of projects across the Greater Quantock Hills area it will improve the distinctive landscape of western Somerset.'
If you are interested contact Iain Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07977 412077.
Please read and download the fund information sheets here:
Please note the eligible area includes the parishes of Broomfield, Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Durleigh, East Quantoxhead, Enmore, Fiddington, Goathurst, Holford, Kilve, Nether Stowey, Otterhampton, Over Stowey, Spaxton, Stogursey, Stockland Bristol, Stringston, Watchet, Wembdon, West Quantoxhead and Williton.
Farming in Protected Landscapes
To support farmers and land managers protecting the special and unique places that are our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Defra have launched the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme. The programme will provide funding to farmers and land managers for projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to engage with the landscape and cultural heritage and support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses.
The programme will run from 1st July 2021 and close on 31st March 2024 and applications can be for single year or across more than one year as long as all works will be completed by 31st March 2024. This funding is open to all farmers and land managers within the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and projects outside the AONB boundary if they can be shown to bring benefit to the AONB.
The programme is being delivered locally by the Quantock Hills AONB team who will be able to advise on the criteria and the requirements for a successful project, while ensuring there will be no issues with double funding.
For more information, full application guidance and the application form see links below: