There are 44 Protected Landscapes across England, covering 25% of the land area. Collectively, our family of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) make an important contribution to:

  • Climate – delivering net zero with nature and nature-based solutions to help communities adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change.
  • Nature – playing a leading role in the delivery of the Nature Recovery Network and achieving the PMs commitment to protect 30% of land by 2030.
  • People – providing a natural health service that will improve the nation’s public health and wellbeing through increased access to nature across all parts of society, as part of our green recovery.
  • Place – creating centres of excellence and green innovation that are flourishing places to live and work, each with a strong identity and cultural heritage, and high recognition as attractive visitor destinations.

The new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme (2021-2024), announced by the Government on 24 June 2021, will help farmers and land managers deliver new projects against four objectives:


  • More carbon is stored and/or sequestered
  • Flood risk has been reduced
  • Better understanding among farmers, land managers and the public as to what different habitats and land uses can deliver for carbon storage and reduced carbon emissions
  • The landscape is more resilient to climate change


  • There is a greater area of wildlife rich habitat
  • There is greater connectivity between habitats
  • Existing habitat is better managed for biodiversity
  • There is an increase in biodiversity


  • There are more opportunities for people to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There are increased opportunities for more diverse audiences to explore, enjoy and understand the landscape
  • There is greater public engagement in land management, for example through volunteering


  • The quality and character of the landscape is reinforced or enhanced
  • Historic structures and features are conserved, enhanced or interpreted more effectively
  • There is an increase in the resilience of nature friendly sustainablefarm businesses, which in turn contributes to a more thriving local economy

Around £125,000 will be available per year in Chichester Harbour AONB for projects that support these outcomes.

Further details about the scheme and how to apply will be published on this page in July 2021.