LESLEY GRIFFITHS, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, has announced the opening of a new round of funding, worth over £18 million, for Glastir Advanced, the Welsh Government’s highly regarded sustainable land management scheme.
Glastir Advanced is the flagship component of Glastir, through which the Welsh Government offers financial support to farmers and landowners to improve the environmental management of their land. Glastir pays for the delivery of specific environmental goods and services aimed at combating climate change, improving water management and maintaining and enhancing biodiversity.
Glastir Advanced offers targeted financial interventions, aimed at helping farmers and landowners to achieve value for money environmental improvements for habitats, species, soil and water.
The new round of funding for Glastir Advanced is worth £18.36m and is expected to deliver up to 340 Glastir Advanced contracts in 2018 (estimated at £54k per contract). The Expression of Interest window for Glastir Advanced 2018 will open on February 28 this year and will close at midnight on March 31.
The Cabinet Secretary made the announcement as she officially opened the new Farmers Union of Wales offices in Newtown. She said: “I am very pleased to announce, here at these impressive new FUW offices in Newtown, the opening of a new round of Glastir Advanced funding worth over £18 million.
“Glastir Advanced is very much at the forefront of delivering the Welsh Government’s objectives for the rural environment. I encourage farmers and landowners across Wales to find out more information on whether they are eligible to apply for a Glastir Advanced contract and, if they are, to submit an expression of interest before March 31.”
Welcoming the announcement, FUW Policy Officer Charlotte Priddy said: “This is great news for our farmers. I encourage them to apply for this next round of funding, for which they will need to submit an EOI via an RPW Online account before the end of March.”
Glastir Advanced is the flagship component of Glastir, through which the Welsh Government offers financial support to farmers and land owners to improve the environmental management of their land.
Mrs Priddy however also highlighted that farmers need to understand what they are signing up to.
“It is important that farmers fully understand the obligations within their Glastir contracts as even a minor breach can result in a hefty/significant penalty. It’s advisable to regularly review the contract to ensure that all the requirements are met,” she added.
More information on Glastir Advanced, including expression of interest guidance , will be available shortly.
Glastir is funded by the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014- 20, financed by the Welsh Government and the European Union.