PBR project first agri-environment scheme directly funded by UK
In future, all the funding for the PBR pilot will come from Defra, with a £540,000 boost announced today to pay farmers according to the environmental outcomes they achieve over the next two years.
The project is paying participating farmers for work that is specifically tailored to the environmental needs of their area.
For example, in Norfolk and Suffolk farmers are benefitting from planting nectar plots for bees and other pollinators, while those in Wensleydale are focused on managing species-rich meadows.
Today’s announcement follows the government’s public consultation on future farming policy which set out plans to move towards a system where farmers are paid according to the public goods they provide.
As the UK leaves the EU, there will be further trialling work to reach a model where profitable farm businesses and environmental land management can co-exist and complement one another. ■