Case Studies: Chilterns Farming in Protected Landscapes Projects

Case Studies: Chilterns Farming in Protected Landscapes Projects

Here are some case studies from the Farming in Protected Landscapes Projects that received a grant in 2022-23 in the Chilterns.

Chiltern Rangers' community plant nursery, Penn

Chiltern Rangers are using a Farming in Protected Landscapes grant to create a community plant nursery, which will grow native trees and shrubs of local provenance. The project will provide plants for nature conservation projects across the Chilterns

Growing plants locally rather than from further afield will reduce bio security risks and also carbon emissions. The nursery will provide volunteering opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, including school groups.

Theme: nature, climate, people, place

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Reintroducing grazing at Coppid Farm, Binfield

Coppid farm is reintroducing grazing to a number of low input fields.

A Farming in Protected Landscapes grant has helped pay for the fencing, water supply, gates and hedgelaying.

Theme: nature, climate, place

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Mobility Gates at Chartridge

A Farming in Protected Landscapes grant enabled stiles to be replaced with mobility kissing gates, improving access to the land and paths.

New hedges have also been planted, and existing hedges have been laid.

Theme: nature, climate, people, place

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Chiltern Open Air Museum's lambing fold

Chiltern Open Air Museum created a lambing fold – a traditional shelter or pen used for lambing until the early 1900s.

COAM’s lambing fold has been moved to a new location for Spring 2023, and the Farming in Protected Landscapes funding enabled the reconstruction.

Theme: people, place

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Support for low input grazing near Amersham

A grant was received for fencing of pasture to help with low input grazing, and also helped pay for ditch management as well as water supply and gates.

Theme: nature, climate, place

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Pasture fencing near Chorleywood

This Farming in Protected Landscapes grant provided fencing of pasture for low input grazing, and will also pay for a botanical survey to help assess how this approach to management improves plant diversity.

Theme: nature, climate, place

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Speen Traditional Orchard

Farming in Protected Landscapes funded the creation of a traditional orchard of heritage varieties, and also supported hedge coppicing and gapping up.Theme: nature, climate, people, place

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North Chilterns Farmer Cluster Workshops

Farming in Protected Landscapes supported a number of farmer cluster workshops on topics such as ponds, hedgerows and woodlands.Theme: nature, climate, place

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Mob Grazing at Road Farm near Great Missenden

A Farming in Protected Landscapes Grant enabled the set up of a mob grazing system (electric fencing, water supply and herbal leys) with benefits for farm costs, soil health and biodiversity.Theme: nature, climate

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The National Hedgelaying Championships

Held at Crowmarsh Battle Farms in October 2022, a Farming in Protected Landscapes grant made this event possible and also paid for a video of the event to share the benefits of this traditional technique with a wider audience.

Watch the video below to learn about this traditional rural craft of cutting and laying hedges to rejuvenate them and help them stay healthy, both for wildlife and as effective field barriers, and to see footage from the National Hedgelaying Championships, bringing people together to keep this skill alive.

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National Hedgelaying Championships

Previous project examples

Since the programme started in 2021, we’ve allocated £1.35 million to 100 projects in the Chilterns National Landscape. Projects vary and we’ve worked with a host of landowners.

 

Here are some of the projects that received a FiPL grant in 2023-24.

FiPL case studies 2023/24

Click the links below to read more about the 2021/22 projects:

  1. The Central Chilterns Farmer Cluster hedgerow project: eight farms worked together to make impressive achievements in landscape scale habitat creation.
  2. Ivinghoe Aston traditional orchard: the planting of 350 new fruit trees to increase biodiversity and sequester carbon.
  3. Enabling growth for Countryways CIC: more people with learning difficulties and health challenges have benefitted from contact with farming.
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