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 has supported 50 projects and has enabled over 2.7km of new native hedge to be planted, nearly 4km of important hedgerows to be managed, over 254 orchard trees to be planted, 12Ha of woodland brought back into management, nearly 2,000 native trees to be planted and nearly 12Ha of wildflower meadows to be planted. Over 6 projects, 4,214m2 of ponds have been created or restored.

 

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 Katie Read at czread@somerset.gov.uk or 07977 412249

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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 opened on 1st July 2021 and will close on 31st March 2024. Applications can be for a 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. 

If you are interested contact Katie Read at 

CZRead@somerset.gov.uk or 07977 412249

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