The Sandstone Ridge Farmer Network is funded through the Rural Payments Agency's Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund. The Countryside Stewardship Programme is administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Natural England provides technical advice in support of the scheme.
The Countryside Stewardship facilitation fund supports facilitators (individuals and organisations) who bring farmers, foresters, and other land managers together to improve the local natural environment at a landscape scale.
The Sandstone Ridge is a farmed landscape interspersed with woodland, heathland and species-rich meadows; particularly rich in history, wildlife and visitor interest.
Over 40 farmers on the Sandstone Ridge have joined forces to support local activities which will improve the landscape features, habitats, watercourses and historic features of The Ridge, whilst improving opportunities for priority species such as Barn Owl and Willow Tit.
ELM Associates and The Sandstone Ridge Trust are working with farmers and land managers to establish a Sandstone Ridge Farmer Network, supported through Natural England's facilitation funding initiative.
There are 98 farmer clusters funded through Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Funding; 450,000 ha of land in England.
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