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East Devon Farmers Group

The AONB has successfully secured (CS) Facilitation funding from Natural England to help a newly formed East Devon Farmers Group.

The group comprises over 60 farmers, whose land covers over 4,000 hectares and by developing co-operation amongst the land managers and connecting individual farms, the programme aims to increase the standard and scale of conservation management throughout the area and beyond.

As one of a limited number of successful bids in the UK to be awarded the funding, the group will now be supported for the next 5 years (2016-2021). Training and advice is coordinated via a project Facilitation Team, working together to help keep wildlife and the environment in mind while farming their land; enhancing landscape, habitat, species and water quality.

The Facilitation Team will be led by the East Devon AONB Unit, in partnership with FWAG South West and the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project.

A Facilitation Coordination Group, led by former NFU regional policy officer and former AONB Chairman Mike Ellingham and including a cross section of farming, woodland and land agent representatives, advises the team.


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East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

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In England and Wales, our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of the 46 AONBs situated across the UK. The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides general information about AONBs, whilst the South West Protected Landscapes Forum exists to provide information and a regional voice for the 14 Protected Landscapes which, together, make up 38% of the South West of England.

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