The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced it is to invest £540,000 into a new “pay by results” agriculture environment scheme.
It will become the first government funded agriculture environment scheme, with farmers paid for positive work with the environment on their farms.
Norfolk, Suffolk, and Yorkshire farms will be the first to implement the new scheme which focuses on initiatives such as producing flower plots for bees and creating suitable conditions for wading birds.
The scheme was originally a European Commission trial that was due to end at the start of 2019, now the government funding will allow the scheme to continue for the next two years post-Brexit.
DEFRA wants to see the scheme used to train to farmers to make environmental design management plans to engage them more with wildlife.
Environment secretary Michael Gove, said: “Under the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), agri-environment schemes have been overly bureaucratic and inflexible. This has impeded innovation for farmers who are passionate about the environment and want to see real change.
“The payment by results pilot marks a shift in how we think about rewarding farmers for their work. This approach signals how we see the future of farm payments, where farmers deliver public goods for the environment which we all enjoy. ”