Reminder - RDPE: Farming and Forestry Improvement scheme

20 December 2011

A reminder that Defra announced the launch of a new fund for farming and forestry businesses back in November, with the first round of the scheme closing on 17 January 2012. Detailed below is the announcement from 10 November 2011.

Defra has announced the launch of a new fund for farming and forestry businesses today. Detailed below is a short note along with the link to the website.


A new £20 million fund to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses to become more efficient at using resources has been launched. The scheme aims to help businesses to become more profitable, whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.
Farmers, foresters, woodland owners, agricultural contractors and horticulturalists can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to invest in green projects, new machinery and improvements to animal health and welfare so their businesses can grow in an environmentally friendly way.

The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme will fund projects that:
• save energy and reduce carbon emissions;
• reduce dependence on artificial fertilizers through better use of manures;
• improve soil quality;
• improve animal health and welfare;
• save and recycle water; and
• promote woodland management by processing timber more efficiently.

For more information go to

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