Defra is currently developing its vision for agricultural policy post Brexit that will help to deliver the Government’s ambition to leave our environment in a better state than we found it.
Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship will be replaced with a system of public money for public goods - the ‘Environmental Land Management scheme’ (ELMs).
To encourage co-design and appropriateness of the new scheme, Tests and Trials are being run for collaboration between farmers and land-managers. Tests will help design some of the fundamental building blocks of the post-Brexit agricultural policy including how scheme participants plan and record which public goods they will deliver. Public goods include clean and plentiful water, clean air, thriving plants and wildlife, reduction in and protection from environmental hazards, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, beauty, heritage, and engagement with the environment.
Trials will make sure any interventions and innovations work before they are applied across the country. Tests and trials will not analyse methods of delivery of environmental outcomes, including payments, but will run alongside the national pilots.
The Broads is one of the nine of England’s National Park Authorities that are currently involved in running Tests and Trials as part of this process. This page includes a summary of Broads program.
Please contact Andrea Kelly on Andrea.Kelly@broads-authority.gov.uk should you wish to learn more.
Listen to presentation one which asks about the latest thinking from farmers and land managers about ideas on how collaboration and a Local Delivery Board might work, and listen to presentation two for information on the draft tier structure, payments and monitoring verification work. These presentations will help inform you before taking the survey.
Help shape the future scheme - take a look at the draft tier structure, it’s vital for the second online survey.
The Broads Test and Trial is:
Key Partners are:
A series of workshops, online survey and one to one discussions will take place from November 2019 expecting to report to Defra in October 2020.
Farmers and land managers have:
Oct 2019: Defra awarded the Broads Authority a Test and Trial contract. Sub-contracts awarded to Natural England, Norfolk Farming Wildlife Advisory Group and facilitator.
13 Nov 2019: First partnership workshop with 63 farmers and land managers explored what worked well and could be improved with previous agri-environment schemes and what a future scheme for the Broads might look like.
Read the Workshop report.
Dec 2019 - Mar 2020: Met with five farmer groups, one land manager group and two reed cutter and grower groups to help develop management interventions and costs, monitoring and verification, farmer collaboration and structures to support local working together in the Broads.
2020 workshops cancelled due to Covid-19 so we have changed the project to be online.
The Broads surveys (survey one and survey two) are designed to ‘test’ the various ideas which have been refined through discussions with farmers and land managers.
Defra ELMS consultation
If you wish to give feedback to Defra on the design of the wider ELMS scheme, please see the policy consultation.This is currently closed for new responses due to Covid 19, but will be reopened for responses once it is feasible to do so.