The East Devon AONB Partnership is part of a National programme of ‘Tests and Trials’ for a new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS). The scheme is currently being developed by Defra to replace the current Environmental Stewardship programme operating through the EU Agricultural Policy programmes.


Our project will run from December 2019 to March 2021 and is part of a collaborative proposal coordinated through the National Association for AONBs (NAAONB).

The nationally facilitated programme of trials, entitled ‘Farming for the Nation’, is testing a range of approaches across 12 AONBs in England. Each of the 12 AONBs is focusing on a different aspect of environmental land management.

The East Devon proposal is focussed on the Umborne Valley and aims to work with farmers and landowners with small High Nature Value habitat (that is currently not qualifying for other schemes based on scale) to develop joint/collaborative ELM schemes as part of a wider nature recovery network.

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  • To trial new approaches for the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) being developed by Defra.
  • To develop joint/collaborative ELM schemes as part of a wider nature recovery network.



  • December 2019 – Project start date
  • March 2021 – Project end date

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