Successful FIPL Projects

Northumberland National Park had £270,000 to award in year one of the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme, and will be awarding £350,000 in year two and £210,000 in year three.

A list of the successful projects so far can be found below.

Successful FIPL Projects

Find more details of Successful FIPL Projects here

Name of applicantTownStart DateEnd DateProject DescriptionFiPL Grant
Harry SordyAlnwick13/09/202111/01/2021Sward enhancement through addition of locally harvested haymeadow seed to increase species diversity and value of haymeadow habitat as a pollinator resource on the upland fringe.£4950.6
Jane BarnesBardon Mill16/11/202131/03/24Purchase of 4x electric bikes and associated equipment to hire out to enhance tourist accomodation offer. Permissive access to link to National Nature Reserve on NP land£6763.69
Adam WaughKilham19/10/202115/03/2022Purchase of Charcoal Retort & associated soil testing to utilise the waste products and timber from woodlands brought back into management to produce charcoal for spreading as biochar for feeding to cattle.£32712
Lucy PorrittYork (Brampton)19/10/202101/03/2022665.5m of fencing, 260m hedge planting & 1x field gate to control stock with the aim of enhancing lime rich meadow on the bank of the river Irthing and reduce river bank erosion.£6666.95
Caroline HunterElsdon19/10/202115/03/2022This project will address the diffuse pollution and health & safety issue at the High Carrick sheep pens as well as improving the cattle sheds. The works will divert an historic spring that started running again in 2019 preventing a continuous flow of clean water running through the pens, dramatically reduce dirty water run off and reduce the amount of sediment entering the Elsdon Burn.£34574
Neil RobsonHaydon Bridge19/10/202115/03/2022New concrete feeding area and muck storage area. Drains and clean water separation and storage for use as washdown and water for livestock.£16031.88
Pam BrownWooler19/10/202128/02/2022To mark out and make accessible two 1.5-2.5 mile walking routes starting from our farm buildings to encourage people to explore the farm, without requiring navigation skills. Signboards along the routes will educate walkers about our sheep, cattle, historic features, woodland and the surrounding hills. Purchase of bracken mulcher to control vegetation on paths.£5626.68
Robert ScottBrampton16/11/202131/03/2024To provide continued public access & enjoyment of Northumberland National Park, the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, promoted permissive access routes and other important Public Rights of Way; most of which lie within Northumberland National Park & Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. To further protect designated sites such as the Tipalt Burn SSSI as well as other areas of significant archaeological importance.£8088.25
David DickinsonOtterburn18/11/202130/03/2022Replace the current manure management system which will reduce the risk of diffuse agricultural water pollution by building a covered muck midden. In addition to the muck store, replace current hardcore and old concrete in the surrounding yard, install proper drains and a clean/dirty water separation system, further reducing diffuse pollution.£28149.20
Anne RobsonOtterburn16/11/202115/03/2024Feasibility study for restoration of a stone Keb House. Bracken control. Wader scrape creation. Drystone wall restoration. Removal of self-seeded Sitka.£21809.50
Hugo Remnant & Sir William Morrison-BellTarset28/01/202231/03/2022To identify the natural capital assets so that they can be protected and enhanced to meet multiple objectives, including the improvement of biodiversity and the delivery of well-managed ecosystem services. it will be Step 1 and produce a register of assets and actions as a management plan.£4500
Graham DixonHarbottle08/12/202101/12/2027Purchase of remote control bracken cutting machine that will be shared between five farms. The machine will be able to cut and reduce bracken in areas inaccessible with current equipment. The cutter will be owned and shared between 3 farms.£34800
Christopher RobsonElsdon16/11/202131/03/2023Restoration of boundary drystone wall and fence between two farms£15400
Andrew DoddOtterburn23/11/202101/03/2022Restoration of dry stone wall & new fence to control grazing on blanket bog, wet heath and moorland hill.£7210
Neil CarterEdinburgh (Various across Northumberland National Park)16/12/202131/03/2022A detailed Natural Capital, biodiversity & carbon audit for 3 farms across the National Park, providing information towards interventions to increase public goods in preparation for ELM. Methodology will be tested and disseminated to other farms.£27400
Jack BloomerCorbridge (Tipalt area)08/02/202231/03/2022Feasibility study to work on two landholdings on the Tipalt Burn catchment to design and cost up the installation of wetlands using water arising from straightened drainage channels.£3049.80
William Morrison-BellTarset01/09/202231/03/2023Collaborative application to remove self seeded Sitka spruce from the blanket bog over 800ha on 3 separate farms.£25100
Stuart NelsonPowburn09/12/202131/03/2022Purchase of dual wheels to enable heath management.£2512
Susan SeymoreBrampton28/01/202131/03/2022To determine how, in the face of challenges presented by a changing climate and changes to farm support, we should husband the natural and people related resources at Moss Peteral to improve resilience for ourselves, our business and the diverse habitats on the farm.£6918
Nigel MooreTarset09/12/202131/03/2023Increase biodiversity by planting hedges, reduce compaction & run off from track and protect traditional Stells.£40550.40
Mary GoughHepple09/12/202131/03/2022To prepare an implementation plan to create wetlands to benefit wildlife, water quality and flood management, and provide additional educational opportunities 2. Undertake a feasibility study for water vole and beaver reintroduction to inform discussions with all stakeholders on species recovery. 3. To produce an up to date detailed & accurate habitat map for the whole estate based on the UK Habitat Classification and National Vegetation Classification, which will inform monitoring and Natural Capital Assessment work. 5. Buy and apply local native wildflower and grass seed to re-create more species-rich traditional upland haymeadows to increase biodiversity. 6. To enhance the wildlife and landscape value of existing boundaries by laying some of the estate’s existing hedges in a traditional way.£23827
Julian Morrison-BellTarset09/12/193131/03/2022Support for creating a wetland & 750m moorland grip reprofiling£2715
Dominic NaylorWooler12/01/202231/03/2023Purchase equipment for wildflower meadow restoration,feasibility study for traditional farm building restoration, create wader scrapes, feasibility study for grip blocking, invasive Piri Piri Bur spraying, installation of wildlife boxes, drystone wall restoration, hedgerow gapping, bracken control, installation of leaky dams & footpath boardwalk.£60655
Neil RobsonHaydon Bridge15/01/202215/03/2022Purchase portable cattle handling system to provide a safe system for working with cattle to enable delivery of CS agreement.£6864
David Andrew GrayBishop Auckland (Harbottle)01/05/202231/10/2022Moorland restoration/priority habitat restoration, Bracken control, Livestock pen restoration - drystone walling, fencing and gates.£19503.15
Michele McCallamNewton Aycliffe (Multiple farms Upper Coquet)14/01/202231/03/2022To prove expert surveys of 4 sheep pens (3 farms) in the Upper Coquet. The surveys are part of a bigger EA WIEF projects and will inform practical works the first round of which will be delivered before 31.3.22 and protect the SSSI from diffuse pollution.£3300
Alastair James MurrayHaydon Bridge15/01/202231/03/2022Feasibility study into converting redundant agricultural building into tourist accomodation for visitors to the National Park and Roman Wall£3500
Stephen CreesWooler14/01/202231/03/2022Planting of 45 standard parkland trees.£4882.50
Christopher ArmstrongHaydon Bridge11/02/202231/03/2022Feasibility study for the restoration traditional stone sheep pens2550
Richard PostlethwaiteElsdon11/03/202231/03/2022230m of fencing and 3x wooden field gates to fence off new yard area. The yard area will create an area for cattle handling facilities, allow a track causing run off issues to be disused and allow the farm to meet the objectives of the new CS agreement, which sees major changes in stock with the reduction of sheep and an increase in native breed cattle.£2297
Jack PhilipsonCorbridge (Otterburn)14/3/202231/03/2022The objective of this project is to perform water quality testing in the vicinity of Stobbs farm to assess how significant the pollution load being released from the farm is. Water samples will be taken from upstream of the confluence of the burn and the Rede, downstream of the confluence, and from the burn itself. The pH and turbidity of the samples will be tested using the Trust’s own equipment and tested for nitrate, phosphate, and ammonia content in a contracted laboratory.£1864.80