The PEF is a new grant scheme managed and delivered by Natural England. It will be open to projects focused on tackling the barriers to developing commercially viable paludiculture on lowland peat soils in England.
Applications could come from individual farmers, businesses, charities, local authorities, landowners or a collaborative partnership or group.
The PEF will support projects to explore how water levels might be raised and managed at a field scale or larger, how crop production might be increased or new products and markets developed from paludiculture crops. Projects will work to investigate how we can reduce peat wastage and greenhouse gas emissions, while understanding barriers and kickstarting paludiculture towards becoming a commercially viable farming practice.
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