A fund totalling £1.7 million has been made available to help enhance the landscape around Wytch Farm oilfield in Purbeck. Officially launched on 18th January, the Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund is now open for applications from individuals, groups and organisations.
The fund has been established specifically for projects that will help to enhance the local landscape, wildlife and rights of way around the oilfield. It aims to benefit the area’s landscape, biodiversity or access and is supported by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Dorset County Council, Natural England and Perenco UK.
Cllr Daryl Turner, Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment at Dorset County Council said:
“We are really excited that this fund is open for applications. Now, landowners, conservation and community groups or individuals can all apply; projects funded must meet the criteria of enhancing the landscape, biodiversity or access within the defined boundaries of the scheme.”
Alison Turnock, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Officer said:
“We’re appealing to anyone who may have ideas on how to strengthen the character of the surrounding landscape, enhance the wildlife or improve the rights of way. For example, it would be great if we got an application to provide car-free access which would help to conserve tranquillity in the area.”
Completed applications need to be in by the end of February to be assessed by a panel of experts, including a representative from Perenco, in March. It is expected that there will be further opportunities to apply for funds later in the year.