Special Environmental Sites and Schemes

12. Tir Gofal Stewardship Scheme (Wales)

The Tir Gofal agri-environmental scheme, jointly funded by the UK Government and the European Union offers farmers payment for the careful management of their land. Farmers are encouraged to manage their land in a more environmentally friendly way. They are offered financial incentives to protect the wildlife and existing habitats, create new habitats, encourage more public access and protect the landscape including historical/archaeological features.

This scheme is an opportunity for farmers to gain funding to continue the guardianship of the Welsh rich and finite historical inheritance which many have been undertaken for generations.

Tir Gofal means literally Land Care, and as such is the first scheme in Wales, and indeed in Europe, aimed at promoting whole farm conservation and management. It is different from previous schemes, as it brings farming and conservation into a different level of partnership.Tir Gofal supports farmers in protecting both the archaeological heritage and the natural environment in one scheme. There are four main objectives to Tir Gofal: Habitat Conservation (encouraging bio-diversity), Landscape Management (preserving local rural character), Historic and Archaeological Features (protecting archaeological sites, traditional farm buildings and field boundaries, and other historic features), and Access (public access paths across land).

Tir Gofal is administered by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), in partnership with the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency (FRCA) and the National Park Authority in Snowdonia, with the support of the Forestry Authority, Environmental Agency and Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments. CPAT Heritage Management advise CCW on the best management of the archaeological components within the scheme. These organisations combine many years of experience in various aspects of countryside management.

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