Sugar Beet © Derrick Furlong

The Lincolnshire Wolds high scenic quality depends almost entirely upon the areas use for agriculture.  Overall approximately 80% of the AONB is in arable use, with 13% as permanent pasture and 2.5% woodland cover.  The Lincolnshire Wolds is a living, working landscape and it is widely recognized that much of the attractiveness of the Wolds today is a result of the activities of generations of farmers, landowners and foresters, read more in our leaflet Farming & Forestry of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Brinkhill copyright Nev Gurnhill


The Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP) was released on 30 Nov 2020 and outlines the 7 year transition period for farmers & food producers away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), with the phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme and changes to agri-environment schemes.

The full 66 page document is here

Agricultural Transition Plan

Under the Environmental Land Management (ELM), there will be a range of options such as Sustainable Farming Incentive, Local Nature Recovery & Landscape Recovery, along with options on Tree Health. Of particular interest and directly impacting on the work of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is the Farming in Protected Landscapes section.

The aim: To support farmers and other land managers in Protected Landscapes, to help them diversify their income streams and lay the groundwork for our Environmental Land Management offer. The delivery: Provide support to farmers, via National Park Authorities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty bodies, to help grow businesses, create green jobs, enhance biodiversity and invest in infrastructure to attract more diverse visitors to support local economies.

We are still awaiting further details of the scheme and when it becomes available, we will update this page and contact those farmers who have registered for updates.

If you would like to receive updates, please

Constant updates and changes to policy directives are hard to keep up with. Wherever possible, this page will provide links through to the most relevant websites that are of significance to the farming community and any interested person.

Championing the Farmed Environment Find out how to receive the best possible advice and guidance on how to retain and increase the environmental benefits provided by your farmland.


January 2018 - Defra 25 Year Environment Plan

NFU (National Farmers Union)

CLA (Country Land and Business Association)

Labour Machinery Resources

LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)

Natural England – Environmental Stewardship

Natural England – Catchment Sensitive Farming

Louth Market - Lincolnshire's Livestock Market



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