A new Government scheme aimed at rewarding farmers and other land managers who contribute to the conservation and enhancement of the countryside has been welcomed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (see a Week in the Country).
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched an Environmental Stewardship Scheme to provide cash for farmers who farm in ways that help to conserve wildlife, protect the landscape and archaeological sites and provide better access to the countryside.
Gary Smith, YDNPA's head of conservation and policy, said: "The new scheme will mean that there will be more money for farmers who take action to conserve and enhance the special environment of the Yorkshire Dales."
"The authority looks forward to working with the DEFRA's Rural Development Service and others to play a positive role in the delivery of the new schemes. We will be looking to help those farmers in the Dales who want to enter the scheme.
"It means more walls, hedgerows and habitats will be managed and restored, along with scheduled ancient monuments and historic buildings. And, as well as bringing environmental benefits, the scheme has a vital role to play in helping to sustain the upland farming that is such an important part of the Dales".