England’s Landscape Recovery Scheme – Round Two Open for Applications

Funding is available to farmers and land managers to support projects to create new habitats for wildlife, help protected sites and boost efforts to reach net zero in England.

Farmers and landowners in England are invited to apply for a share of a £15 million fund for projects that create new habitats, help enhance nature protection, and drive sustainable food production.

The Landscape Recovery scheme is one of three environmental land management schemes from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Building on the first round of the scheme taking place in 2022, the second funding round will support up to 25 projects to be administered by Natural England and the Environment Agency. Projects covering at least 500 hectares will be selected based on their environmental and social impact as well as value for money.

All private land managers and landowners in England are eligible to apply. This includes:

  • Farmers, including farm tenants.
  • Foresters.
  • Charities.
  • Non-farming businesses and organisations.
  • Collaborative groups.

Public bodies can also apply, but only in collaboration with private land managers (landowners or tenants).

The maximum amount of development funding available in this second round of the scheme is £750,000 per project. Evidence from similar existing projects implies that the implementation costs for most projects in this round will be in the range of £200 to £900 per hectare per year.

The deadline for Round Two applications is 21 September 2023 (12:00 BST).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)