South-west open space
SOUTH-WEST farmers have entered more than 20,000ha (49,400 acres) of land into the Countryside Stewardship scheme, run by the Countryside Commission.
Since the scheme was introduced in 1991 a total of 4000ha (9880 acres) of open space have been opened up and 52 miles of footpaths and bridleways created for public access. Over the next five years 86 miles of hedges will also be restored.
Latest figures also show that more than half the 1600ha (3952 acres) of ancient grassland on the Culm Measures in Devon and Cornwall is covered by stewardship management agreements. *