Landscape Recovery scheme opens for applications

The Landscape Recovery pilot, one of Defra’s three new environmental land management schemes, has just launched its first round aimed at farmers and land managers.

Designed to achieve the Prime Minister’s ambition to deliver at least 10 large-scale areas devoted to landscape and ecosystem recovery by 2024, pilot projects will focus on:

  • recovering and restoring England’s threatened native species
  • restoring England’s streams and rivers: improving water quality, biodiversity and adapting to climate change


If you are interested in submitting an application, your project must cover 500 to 5,000 ha of broadly connected land. Successful projects in the first round will be announced in Summer and a second round, with a different theme, will open in 2023.

You can find guidance on the Landscape Recovery scheme here and applications can be submitted online via the eSourcing Portal.

Applications will close on 24 May 2022.

Apply now



Defra is holding a webinar on the first round of this scheme on 1 March – this is your chance to ask any questions you may have before the application deadline. You can register for a place here.

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