Farming in Protected Landscapes Evaluation 

This Defra funded project aims to evaluate the Farming in Protected Landscape programme (FiPL) in England’s 34 AONBs and 10 National Parks, in order to feed into programme design and implementation throughout the funded period (2021 – 2024) and inform future policy and practice. Led by ICF Consulting and working in collaboration with Land Use Consultants PLC, the project will involve a team of CCRI colleagues, headed by Dr Peter Gaskell. 

FiPL is a fund dedicated to Protected Landscapes, which is in place to support them in delivering against four themes: people and access, climate change, nature, and landscapes and place. The focus of the programme is on key challenges facing nature and the communities within PLs, including managing visitor numbers, the prevention of damage to landscapes, and enabling local businesses and land managers to capitalize on the opportunities that visitors can provide, both financial and social.  

The evaluation will assess process outcomes and value-for-money, and improve understanding of what works, for whom, in what circumstances and why, across the four delivery themes. CCRI ‘s role within the project will involve undertaking interviews and workshops to improve understanding of farmers’ and land managers’ attitudes and behaviours towards delivering public goods in Protected Landscapes.