Land managers in South Lincolnshire are invited to help shape the new Environmental Land Management Scheme

Land managers are being encouraged to find out how to take part by joining the online Vision Workshop on 14 April 2021

The new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) that will replace existing agri-environment programmes over the coming years, is being piloted from 2021 and rolled out in full from 2024. Currently underway across the country are ELMS Tests and Trials working with Land Managers to co-design the scheme.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and partners are running two ELMS Tests over the coming year. One will focus on the South Lincolnshire area and the second in the Humberhead Levels. The Tests will explore specific elements for the delivery of the new scheme. For South Lincolnshire this will include identifying natural capital assets, the priorities for the area, beginning to cost out public goods and payment options. The Test will be supported by the expertise of the Environment Bank, Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership and the University of Lincoln.

Clean and plentiful water is critical for people and wildlife in South Lincolnshire. Some weeks we have too much, some weeks too little but without clean and plentiful water we cannot grow food, flowers or support nature. Water, soils and nature including pollinators, are inherently interlinked and working together we can secure them.
Tammy Smalley
Head of Conservation, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

From 2024, land managers will be paid for the public goods they can provide individually and collaboratively on a landscape-scale. Through activities delivering for example, water availability and natural flood management measures, healthy soils and peat, recovering nature and connecting it through corridors and stepping stones, protecting and supporting our cultural heritage and the historic environment.

Both Tests will begin in April with an online Introduction webinar, and a workshop session to start the discussions. Land Managers of all descriptions are invited to join in, and this includes horticultural growers too.

The south Lincolnshire Vision workshop is on Wednesday 14 April, 10am-noon 

Click here: to book your place on this Introductory Session 

The second part; an interactive session will be repeated at three different times over two days: 

  • Wednesday 14 April: discussion session option A: 15:00-17:00
  • Thursday 15 April: discussion session option B: 08:00-10:00 
  • Thursday 15 April: discussion session option C: 17:00-19:00

Tammy Smalley said: 
“This is a strong opportunity to make sure Lincolnshire is known for nature, water and food production, through contributing together to the shaping of the ELMS”.

For further information please contact the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trusts ELMS Team: elms@lincstrust.co.uk