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Rural Development Programme for England (2007-2013)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is how money
from the European Union’s Agricultural Fund, and matched funding from the UK Government, is distributed to:

  • help give rural people and places fair access to opportunities and services
  • protect the countryside and biodiversity
  • encourage rural communities to thrive

The latest edition of the multi-stranded programme began in 2007 with a remit to run for seven years until 31 December 2013.

Defra and the Forestry Commission have focused throughout on using RDPE investment to protect, improve and expand England’s forests and woodlands, and encourage economic and environmental resilience.

The document seeks to give a sense of how the Forestry Commission has invested its £156.5m share of RDPE funding, and to highlight what the investment has achieved.

Full RDPE document (3Mb PDF)