ELMs Tests and Trials
After Brexit, the annual subsidies farmers receive under the EU common agricultural policy will be phased out and replaced by a new UK scheme – the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).
DEFRA have commissioned over 100 ‘tests and trials’ to help shape the new scheme and the East Devon AONB is one of 12 AONBs in England selected to feed into this process.
Our ‘Test and Trial’ will focus on the Umborne Valley, an area chosen for its density of smaller farm and land holdings and its rich mosaic of good quality, herb-rich meadows; a nationally scarce habitat.
Subject to the COVID-19 restrictions, between now (Feb 2020) and March 2021, the project will explore how farmers might work together to achieve positive environmental outcomes, specific to the Devon climate and traditional ways of managing the land, and as a result access support under the proposed new scheme; promoted as ‘Providing Public Money for Public Goods’.