As part of protected landscapes’ (AONBs and National Parks) ongoing engagement with farmers Defra are providing additional funding to raise awareness of ELMS and opportunities under Countryside Stewardship. On behalf of the Exmoor National Park Authority and Quantock Hills AONB, FWAG and Exmoor Hill Farming Network (EHFN) will deliver a series of online workshops between now and March 2021. These events will be open to all landowners and managers from Exmoor, Quantocks Hills and the West Somerset Vale area.

These workshops will raise awareness of the Agricultural Transition Plan and development of the Environmental Land Management system (E.L.M.). With a number of changes to the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme due to be announced in early February the workshops will also explore the opportunities in CS to generate an income through the provision of public goods during the transition period before E.L.M. is introduced.  As part of the workshops attendees will be invited to complete a Questionnaire about agri-environment schemes. With this we will collect your thoughts on: the advice and support that you might want in the future, how collaborative working between farms can be encouraged and how you can be involved in the setting of local priorities and vision for the schemes. This will provide valuable feedback to Defra, EHFN, FWAG, Exmoor National Park Authority and Quantock Hills AONB and help support the development of our work.

If you are new to Zoom, please follow Exmoor Hill Farming Networks step-by-step guide here

10 workshops have been arranged covering 5 topic areas and duplicated to allow individuals to choose a convenient time to join. 

Please register your interest to attend one or more workshops from the topics listed. You can register at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, please book via Katherine Williams (Exmoor Hill Farming Network) [email protected] /07970 795808 with your name, address, postcode and telephone number.

To learn more about the needs of the farming and landowning community and to provide tailored support through the next few years, landowner and managers are also invited to complete a survey. Those who complete the survey will be entered in prize draw for a £50 Mole Valley voucher.

 

Topic 1

Agricultural Transition Plan and the Environmental Land Management system

Update and Q&A session for farmers on the Farming is changing and Agricultural Transition Plan 2021-2024 policy update.

Workshop 1 Date: Wednesday 3rd February Time: 12noon -1.30pm

Workshop 2 Date: Thursday 4th February Time: 7.30pm -9pm

 

Topic 2

Countryside Stewardship in the Uplands

Update on changes to the Countryside Stewardship 2021 application process with specific focus on the uplands.

Workshop 1 Date: Wednesday 24th February Time: 12noon -1.30pm

Workshop 2 Date: Thursday 25th February Time: 7.30pm -9pm

 

Topic 3

Countryside Stewardship in the Lowlands

Update on changes to the Countryside Stewardship 2021 application process with specific focus on lowland farms.

Workshop 1 Date: Tuesday 23rd February Time: 12noon -1.30pm

Workshop 2 Date: Wednesday 24th  February Time: 7.30pm -9pm

 

Topic 4

Countryside Stewardship Capital Grant Scheme

Update on Countryside Stewardship 2021 application round for capital grant scheme.

Workshop 1 Date: Tuesday 2nd March Time: 12noon -1.30pm

Workshop 2 Date: Tuesday 2nd March Time: 7.30pm -9pm

 

Topic 5

Future E.L.M. advice support and collaborative working

Have your say on the support your business might want through the Agricultural Transition Plan period. Collaborative working will be a key part of delivery of E.L.M. we are seeking your view on ways to work with others in your local aera to deliver the objectives of E.L.M. This event will provide important feedback to Defra on the development of E.L.M.

Workshop 1 Date: Wednesday 17th March Time: 12noon -1.30pm

Workshop 2 Date: Wednesday 17th March Time: 7.30pm -9pm

 

The zoom log in details will be circulated (via Katherine Williams at the Exmoor Hill Farming Network) a few days before the workshop and a reminder email will be sent on the day at 9am. Please ensure you book your place in plenty of time as places are limited.

Please note your booking details provided will be shared with the Exmoor Hill Farming Network solely for the propose of E.L.M Advocacy Project. Please contact Ellen James [email protected] if you do not consent to this.

 

Booking Instructions

Book onto one or more of these events via the form below. Place a '1' in the relevant box - this indicates that you wish to book one space on the event. If you are booking onto more than one workshop, put '1' in each event, the website will ask you for your address under each event, you don't need to repeat this, simply place a dash in the duplicate fields.

There are two pages to fill out, make sure you follow the instructions - you will need to fill out your name and contact email address on the second page in order to confirm your booking. You will receive a confirmation email after you have booked - if you haven't received this email you haven't finalised your booking!

Alternatively, you may book directly via Katherine Williams, Exmoor Hill Farming Network [email protected] / 07970 795808 with your name, address, postcode and telephone number.

Please note that online booking will be removed from this page the evening prior to each event taking place. The event ticket will then display as 'sold out', though there may be space still available. In order to book a last minute place please contact Katherine Williams as above ([email protected] / 07970 795808). Please note that we cannot guarantee last minute bookings a place on the event.

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TOPIC 1: Workshop 1 (Q&A) [03.02.21, 12pm]

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TOPIC 1: Workshop 2 (Q&A) [04.02.21, 7.30pm]

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TOPIC 2: Workshop 1 (Uplands) [24.02.21, 12pm]

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TOPIC 2: Workshop 2 (Uplands) [25.02.21, 7.30pm]

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TOPIC 3: Workshop 1 (Lowlands) [23.02.21, 12pm]

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TOPIC 3: Workshop 2 (Lowlands) [24.02.21, 7.30pm]

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TOPIC 4: Workshop 1 (C.S Grant) [02.03.21, 12pm]

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TOPIC 4: Workshop 2 (C.S Grant) [02.03.21, 7.30pm]

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TOPIC 5: Workshop 1 (ELM) [17.03.21, 12pm]

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TOPIC 5: Workshop 2 (ELM) [17.03.21, 7.30pm]

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