South Devon National Landscape
Follaton House, Plymouth Road,
Totnes TQ9 5NE


Tel: 01803 229330


Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Group

The Countryside Stewardship (CS) Facilitation Fund  has been set up to support individuals and groups that unite farmers, foresters and other land managers in order to improve the local natural environment at a landscape scale.


The Avon Valley group was one of 19 successful bids into this competitive fund announced in July 2015.


The group had  80 holdings and  covered nearly 6000 hectares of land.  Members were supported by training and advice from a Facilitation Team from January 2016 – January 2022  focusing on developing co-operation amongst land managers.


Its aim was to achieve  a higher standard and scale of conservation management than would be possible on individual holdings, benefiting  landscape, habitat, species and water quality throughout the mid Avon Valley area and beyond.


The Avon Valley group was  led by the South Devon National Landscape Unit as Co-ordinator. drawing on the specialist and technical expertise of members of the South Devon Conservation Advisers’ Forum.

Over the life time of the group 150 meetings were staged and 54 members were assisted with stewardship applications.

Further info can be found in this presentation: Avon Valley Facilitation Group

The membership group represented:

All scales of enterprises from large commercial to smallholders
Dairy, mixed, arable, beef and sheep enterprises, woodland
Owned and tenanted land
A DWT reserve, Woodland Trust and other charitable trust land holdings


Benefits to farmers, foresters and other land managers:

Countryside Stewardship applications from member landowners within a Facilitation Fund area will score 20% more points, increasing the likelihood of success.
Free group advice and support with on-farm environmental management.
A variety of land management based workshops, events and assistance.
Support for all members whether currently in a scheme or not.
Sign posting to other support and funding opportunities.


Activities :

Workshops on various topics including stewardship, grants, ELM.

Farms walks






Further information: [email protected] / 01803 229333

The scheme is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas. This project has received European Union funding under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme’s Facilitation Fund.


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