Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund
The Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund has been established to enhance the landscape around Wytch Farm oilfield and is supported by the Dorset AONB, Dorset County Council, Natural England and Perenco UK.
The fund is for projects that will moderate the impacts of the oilfield on the local landscape, wildlife and rights of way. If you want to discuss your proposal, please contact Alison Turnock Dorset AONB Biodiversity Officer.
What kinds of projects can be funded?
Landowners, conservation and community groups or individuals can apply for funding for projects which meet at least one of the following criteria:
Strengthen the character of the surrounding landscape by the creation, conservation, enhancement and management of heathland and acid grassland;
Enhance biodiversity by the conservation, enhancement and management of boundary features (such as hedgerows, veteran trees and earthbanks), woodlands (such as rhododendron control) and rural lanes; and / or
Improve rights of way and / or facilities to provide car-free access and conserve tranquillity.
Where must projects be based?
The projects must be located within the priority areas shown on the map below:
Applications will be assessed by a panel of experts including a representative from Perenco.
Who can apply?
Anyone (individual, group or organisation) can apply to the fund, providing the project is within one of the priority areas on the map, and meets one or more of the key criteria (landscape, biodiversity or access).
How to apply
Wytch Farm Landscape Enhancement Panel meetings 2019/2020
- 18th March 2019 at 10.00 a.m.
- 10th July 2019 at 10.00 a.m.
- 16th October 2019 at 10.00 a.m.
- 25th March 2020
- 7th October 2020
Applications should be submitted three weeks before the panel meeting.
Photo credit: Thanks to Barbara Winzberg for capturing the wide-reaching views of Godlingston Heath, an entry to our Site Seeing Photo Competition.