The NPWS Farm Plan Scheme was launched in 2006. To date over 800 NPWS Farm Plans have been approved and these plans have been instrumental in designing national agri-environment schemes which have been taken forward on a larger scale, for example in the Rural Development Programme.
The NPWS Farm Plan Terms and Conditions Document was updated in 2020 and can be accessed here.
One of the main objectives of the NPWS Farm Plan Scheme is to trial novel approaches to farming for the environment, to safeguard particular sites, habitats and species, and to work towards meeting conservation measures required under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives. Examples of such approaches can be accessed here.