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N°83 | Agricultural Landscape Restoration Project


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Lead Partner Norfolk County Council
Region:
Contact Person Graham King
Position within organisation: Countryside Manager
Telephone number : 00 44 1603 222762
Fax number : 00 44 1603 223219
Email address : Graham.king.pt@norfolk.gov.uk
Website : http://www.norfolk.gov.uk
Project type : Action
Partners involved :
Relevant measure(s) : 4.1.
Total eligible cost (€)
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Norfolk’s agricultural landscapes were, until the past three or four decades, interesting and varied in character across the county, reflecting their different historical development. They gave much visual and intellectual interest, and were the setting and context for the historic buildings located within them. These landscapes were the habitat for a great deal of biodiversity interest, which was formerly common and widespread. They have suffered very significant degradation in recent decades. Many of their semi-natural elements, of hedges, ditches, field margins, field-side trees, small woods etc have been removed in the interests of modern agriculture. This has caused an impoverishment of visual, historic and biodiversity interest. Farmland birds, in particular, have suffered very steep declines, and once common species are now becoming rare. Some agricultural land managers are concerned by what has happened, and would like to restore some features. The agri-environment schemes available tend to favour the larger schemes, and by no means all farmers are able to enter into the commitment that these require. A scheme is needed that will be specific to the opportunities each area offers and that will be able to promote small scale work missed by other schemes. It is proposed in this project to establish a scheme to promote the planting and restoration of the landscape features that have been lost, having regard to their historic patterns in different parts of the county. This would work in close partnership with the landholders concerned. It may well involve adding potential biodiversity interest to areas near to European sites, and thereby to these sites themselves, but should not be limited to this. We believe that partner countries must have similar experiences and we should be keen to work collaboratively to promote wide scale landscape and habitat restoration on agricultural land.
 
Objectives Top
 
To restore biodiversity, visual and historical interest to agricultural landscapes.
 
Outcomes Top
 
Improved agricultural landscapes which would benefit cultural, visual, historical and biodiversity interests along with economic and social benefits of enhanced quality of life and attractiveness of areas to incoming businesses and tourists.
 
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