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The England Rural Development Programme 2000 - 2006

England Rural Development Programme logoThe England Rural Development Programme (ERDP) was a programme of activities designed to contribute to the delivery of the Government's Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food by helping farmers and foresters to respond better to consumer requirements and become more competitive, diverse, flexible and environmentally responsible. It also provided help to rural businesses and communities which need to adapt and develop.

The ERDP provided a framework for the operation of separate but integrated schemes which provided opportunities to protect and improve the countryside, to develop sustainable enterprises and to help rural communities to thrive. A total of £1.6 billion of EU and Government money was made available under these schemes in England during the 7 years (2000-2006) of the Programme.

The programme was replaced by the Rural Development Programme for England (2007-2013).

In this section:

  • Key facts from ERDP
    Learn about some of the key facts of the ERDP programme 2000-2006.
  • ERDP schemes
    Find out more on the schemes that were developed under ERDP from ongoing schemes such as Environmental Stewardship to closed schemes such as Countryside Stewardship and the Rural Enterprise Scheme.
  • ERDP in practice
    Discover how ERDP worked in practice by reading examples of its schemes in action.

Page last modified: 28 August, 2009
Page published: 12 January, 2009