Farmer and Landowner Grants

Trent Vale offers grants of up to £2,000 for farmers and landowners in the area wanting to carry out projects that have a benefit to wildlife habitats and local heritage.

Small tortoiseshell butterfly among a bean crop. Photograph Barry CowardBales drying in a field in Bassetlaw. Photograph Barry Coward

Our grant scheme for farmers and landowners offers funding for projects in the Trent Vale area with a wildlife habitats or local heritage focus. 

Examples of projects that could receive grants are:

  • Restoration of traditional field boundaries e.g. hedge planting and gapping
  • Creation of ponds and scrapes which will enhance wet grassland habitats
  • Fencing of heritage or archaeological sites to prevent grazing or damage by livestock
  • Traditional management of hedges or riparian trees e.g. pollarding
  • Improvements to access e.g. gates and interpretation panels
  • Creation of features for scarce species such as tree sparrow boxes, otter holts and re-profiling river banks and ditches for water voles
  • Creation of new wildlife-rich habitat

Who can apply?

Farmers, other rural landowners and tenants in the Trent Vale project area (see map).

How much money is available?

Grants of up to £2,000 are available but Trent Vale may only offer a percentage of the total project costs.

How do I apply?

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in applying for the grants scheme. Through our partners, we will support or develop any opportunities or ideas. If possible, all necessary licenses and permits must be obtained by farmers prior to application. Grant applications are reviewed by the Trent Vale Habitats and Heritage Sub Group, consisting of expert individuals from our partner organisations. Applications are assessed using a scoring matrix to ensure they meet the Trent Vale aims and represent value for money. All farmers or landowners must commit to managing the habitats or features for a minimum of 10 years. 

All projects, regardless of when an application was submitted or an offer made, must be completed by 30 September 2012.

For further details please contact Helen Keating.