Funding to help restore old farm buildings in Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park, looking over the moors above Elsdon. Picture by Jane Coltman
Northumberland National Park, looking over the moors above Elsdon. Picture by Jane Coltman

Northumberland National Park is helping to pilot a new grant scheme to restore traditional farm buildings.

The national Historic Building Restoration Grant scheme is worth £2million and is being delivered by Natural England and Historic England through five National Park authorities – Dartmoor, Lake District, Peak District and Yorkshire, as well as Northumberland.

The aim is to help save the iconic historic farm buildings in the English National Parks from falling out of use.

Owners can apply for an 80 per cent capital grant towards the cost of restoration. There is a comprehensive guide which sets out all works which are eligible for funding under the scheme.

The grant is also supported by an implementation plan so that applicants can work with National Park advisors on developing a management plan to deliver the restoration. This element of the scheme is 100 per cent funded so applicants can seek the advice they need and develop high-quality, informed applications.

Tony Gates, Northumberland National Park chief executive and policy lead for Historic Environment for the UK’s National Parks, said: “Traditional farm buildings are an integral part of what makes Northumberland National Park the special place it is.

“This scheme will help us to safeguard some of our most important traditional farm buildings and test how such a scheme might be further rolled-out in future.”

The scheme is open for applications until January 31, 2019, and, once approved, successful applicants will have two years from which to complete the works.

For more details and to register, email farming@nnpa.org.uk