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Orcharding Grants in the Marches

There are many sources of grants to support both the planting of new orchards and renovation of existing traditional orchards. The various schemes vary with area, what the grant will cover, the amount available and the conditions attached. MAN strongly advise that you contact your local council (or other grant giving body) to find out the grants currently available. Only brief details of grants are listed here. In some cases the scheme has expired but the details have been left to show what may become available in a replacement scheme.

NATIONAL SCHEMES

DEFRA

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Countryside Stewardship Scheme. If accepted onto this scheme, you enter a 10 year agreement to restore a traditional orchard, and manage the grass beneath the trees for the benefit of wild flowers. The payments are £250 per hectare per year, plus one-off payments for restoration pruning (£8 per tree), planting (£7-10 per tree) and protection (£2 per tube, £12 per enclosure). For further details contact Susie Smith, DEFRA, Block 3 Government Buildings, Burghill Road, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS10 6NJ Phone 0117 959 1000.

This scheme is no longer open to new entrants and has effectively been replaced by the Higher Level Scheme described next.

Higher Level Stewardship

Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) is an agri-environment scheme for farmers and land managers which aims to protect wildlife, enhance landscape character, protect natural resources and promote understanding of the countryside. Capital grants are available for both old orchards and new orchards (where appropriate).

Natural England has targeted payments designed to help manage, restore and create Traditional Orchards in the farmed landscape. HLS is a competitive scheme, Natural England staff will be able to advise as to whether your traditional orchard is eligible for funding.

Under the scheme an annual payment of £250 per hectare per year is paid to maintain tree form, prevent livestock damage and ensure annual pruning and sward management. To qualify, these orchards will maintain mature trees, deadwood and be managed in a low intensity way. Sites can be restored through pruning (to increase longevity, but retain deadwood) and replanting (using varieties traditional to the area).

Creation of orchards is also considered on historic planting sites or near other old orchards. The annual payment is £190 per hectare per year. On top of the annual payment capital payments are also available:

Environment Wales

Environment WalesEnvironment Wales is a partnership in the voluntary sector, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. Our aim is to contribute to sustainable development by supporting and encouraging voluntary action to protect and improve the environment.


GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The Gloucestershire Council "Restoring our Landscape" grants appear to be long gone. Check the Gloucestershire Council website for current grants.

HEREFORDSHIRE

WALES

Tir Gofal is a whole farm agri-environment scheme which has been available throughout Wales since April 1999. The Scheme aims to encourage agricultural practices which will protect and enhance the landscapes of Wales, their cultural features and associated wildlife.

Entry into an agreement is voluntary and the costs are partly met by the EC under the provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy.

There is a rural regeneration organisation based in Builth Wells which may be of interest to apple and pear growers living in Powys (otherwise Breconshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire). Glasu is Powys’ LEADER+ programme that funds innovative projects to "add value to natural products in Powys". Meaning "to green" in Welsh, Glasu is based in Builth Wells and covers Powys, apart from the main urban centres of Ystradgynlais, Brecon, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown and Welshpool.

Glasu's remit is to assist projects that are:

Contact details: Glasu, Antur Gwy, Park Road, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3BA. Tel. 01982-552224.

Please check the Glasu website for current activities.

You can download a poster produced by Glasu of traditional Powys apples as a PDF (429K).

Glasu initiated a 3 year project (2005-2008) which appointed an Orchard Doctor to support economic regeneration of orchard fruit. This was part of the Perllannau Powys (Orchards in Powys) project. The project ended in June 2008 whilst the Orchard Doctor’s funding ceased at the end of 2007.


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