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DEFRA Hampshire ELMS Convenor Test and Trials project - Consultation

By Kate Orange (Clerk to Council) Ampfield Parish Council

Thursday, 4 April 2024


Ampfield Parish Council Contributor


A message for farmers and landowners from Hampshire County Council, Rural Programme:

We are seeking participants in an imminent consultation for the DEFRA Hampshire ELMS Convenor Test and Trials project. An invitation letter and sample of work in progress on the new interactive tool we wish to trial are attached. The report is for ‘NCA 130’ to demonstrate an example of the reports that will be rolled out across the whole of Hampshire. We will need farmers and landowners for the Test and Trial across all areas and not just the Hampshire Downs example. This is a timely opportunity for the farming community to assist in this important endeavour, and we very much hope you might agree to participate. Please note the deadline of 8th March to register your interest.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact

With regards,

Lisa Wood, Rural Programme

Hampshire County Council

Letter from Terra Firma Consultancy:

Hampshire ELMS Convenor
We are currently tasked with managing a test and trials project for DEFRA. The pilot is testing an
option for the newly emerging Environmental Land Management (ELM) delivery in a localised way
that can be easily understood and led by farmers and land managers themselves. The project is
taking place throughout Hampshire July 2023-June 2024 and consultation with the farming
community is to take place this March and we are looking for farmers/land managers interested to
hear more and potentially be involved in a short and simple trial of this work but will need to know
by before the end of next week (8th March) please.
In order to make ELMS more accessible, a project team including eftec, EnvSys, Land App and terra
firma have been building an interactive tool that readily sets out statutory and advisory guidance,
current baselines and priority targets and then potential actions and related funding streams. This
will provide a bespoke report using the boundaries defined by you as the consultee, showing
obligations, areas of opportunity, potential actions and funding. We attach a sample of the work
in progress. It has been helpful to work alongside the concurrent Local Nature Recovery Strategy
(LNRS) consultation process that is also being conducted at County level and for which our model
could prove a valuable vehicle for delivery.
The tool will take any boundary (e.g. a Parish Boundary) or any Farmer Field Parcels (from the RPA).
Having an SBI number for land registered is a bonus (as it helps us filter certain actions), but not a
In terms of time, the consultation is likely to require:
1. Ability to join an online Zoom session explaining the project - 1 hour
2. Land App will then email you a report and a map (which can be printed or viewed on Land
App) to be reviewed - ~ 2 hours
3. Provide feedback to project team and DEFRA, 2 forms - ~ 1 hour
In terms of equipment:
1. Desktop / Computer to join Zoom and view the Data Layers via Land App
(Computer required)
2. Either an SBI number (Farmer) or an area of interest (parish/golf course / etc) ready to share
with the project team.
If this is something you might be prepared to help us with, it would be very much appreciated and
will hopefully assist in finding a way to deliver ELMS simply and at a local level. The Board and
Project team are very excited by the prospect of this having the potential for national adoption but it
will require this testing and trialling proving successful.
Please contact us;
Lionel Fanshawe, Director Hampshire ELMS Convenor,
Thank you for your consideration, we very much hope to hear from you.

Contact Information

Kate Orange (Clerk to Council)

  • 07922 118840

Find Ampfield Parish Council

2 The Square, Braishfield Road, Braishfield, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0PQ


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