Apply now for Countryside Stewardship

Posted by LindaStenner on April 23, 2020

Apply now for Countryside Stewardship

April 23, 2020 at 10:31 AM

Farmers and land managers should consider applying for the improved Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme as an effective means of moving towards the government’s future Environmental Land Management (ELM) Scheme.

“The new CS scheme is easier to apply for and will provide funding for environmental work such as restoring wildlife habitats and creating woodlands,” said Edward Page, Associate Director and Land Agent with Davis Meade Property Consultants.

“Farmers should apply for CS even if they haven’t considered it before as it secures a source of income for five years through a time of phased reduction in Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments whilst we wait for the roll out of the replacement ELM Scheme.”

A national ELMs pilot will be rolled out next year with the scheme expected to be fully operational by the end of 2024 as area-based payments continue to be phased out.

“Defra says no one in a CS agreement will be unfairly disadvantaged when we transition to new arrangements under ELM. Rural businesses should consider these schemes as a means of reducing the impact on the BPS transition which starts for certain claimants from 2021.”

Countryside Stewardship now offers four simpler and quicker to apply for wildlife offers to complement the Higher Tier and Mid Tier offers and all valid applications for any of the four new wildlife packages (for arable, lowland grazing, upland, and mixed farming) will be guaranteed funding.

There are also grants to restore existing farm boundaries and hedgerows and support for woodland creation, management and tree health.

The Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) partnership can support applications for Mid Tier capital grants to improve water and air quality in high priority areas. Some capital items require written support from a CSF Officer so if your holding is in a High Water Quality Priority Area, contact your local CSF Officer for advice by May 31.

Interested farmers need to download a Mid Tier application pack by June 30, 2020 on the Rural Payments service.

For more information or advice contact Edward Page at Davis Meade Property Consultants on 07496 914731 email



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