A Living, Working Landscape - Outcome 3.1

Outcome 3.1: New and better approaches to sustainable land and water management have been tested, adopted and embedded.

Target – To encourage and support the uptake of better and more sustainable land management practices which conserve and enhance the National Park’s qualities; and to ensure that all its rivers are of the highest quality and minimise the flood risk and impacts to communities and businesses.

Performance – Good

Trend – Improving

Impact – Initiatives are being implemented across the National Park to reduce point source pollution, improve the quality of our water courses and improve the diversity of our woodlands. Our ELMS test and trials was successfully concluded, and we are in the second year of the Defra funded, ‘Farming in Protected Landscapes’ grant scheme which supports improvements to our Natural Capital. The Authority has received a grant to trial new and innovative land management practices to help restore nature, whilst retaining an agricultural focus, through Hadrian’s Wall: Recovering Nature (HW:RN).

Key Points

  • New Farming in Protected Landscapes (FIPL) grant for projects that deliver improvements to ‘Climate’, ‘Nature’, ‘People’ and ‘Place’. A total £1.4m funding pot is available over a three-year project period.
  • The HW:RN project aims to create a nature first approach to the, NNPA owned and managed, Greenlee landholding and influence land management across the wider landscape. The project team is working with partners and land managers to extend the potential of this project at a landscape scale (Up to 6,000ha of adjoining land).
  • Projects exploring alternative land management and making space for nature are being delivered at Hepple Whitefield and in the College Valley.
  • 97% of NNP Utilised Agricultural Area (UAA) is in a Stewardship Agreement.
  • 94% of woodland and forestry in NNP is in active management compared to 53% in England.
  • In 2016, 65% of NNP rivers were in ‘High’ or ‘Good’ status, in 2019 that number fell to 0%. 93% of rivers are now ‘Moderate’ and 7% are ‘poor’. This is due to a change in reporting criteria established that year.
  • Improvements to the bank and bed of the River Rede have been taking place through Revitalising Redesdale in 2019/20.