Grants - Countryside Management
To promote and encourage land management for landscape, nature conservation and access management, grants are available from a number of sources including:
- Ribble Valley Borough Council
- The Countryside Commission
- Forest of Bowland Management Service
- Forestry Authority
There are a wide range designed to conserve, enhance and protect those elements of the countryside considered to be important.
In the Ribble Valley it is important to conserve, enhance and protect:
- Woodland - protection and management of woodland areas protected by tree preservation orders (e.g. Whalley Nab);
- Trees - Tree Surgery/Pruning - to prolong the life of prominent landscape trees (e.g. Billington Memorial Oak);
- Tree Planting - in field corners, hedgerows and in riverside landscapes;
- Field Boundaries - maintenance of hedgerows, stone walls and historical parish boundaries;
- Ponds/Wetland areas - riverside landscapes or flood plains to stabilise banks and reduce erosion;
- Footpaths/Bridleways - maintenance of ancient routes, repairs to styles, kissing gates and long distance routes (e.g. the Ribble Way);
- Historical Features - prominent landscape trees, hedgerows and woodlands.
The nature and extent of a proposed scheme will determine the appropriate grant source to be provided.