Deadline for Countryside Stewardship applications extended to August 31

Posted by LindaStenner on July 9, 2018

Deadline for Countryside Stewardship applications extended to August 31

July 09, 2018 at 4:44 PM

Farmers are being advised that the deadline for the completed mid-tier Countryside Stewardship application packs to be received by Natural England has been extended by one month.

Applicants for the Countryside Stewardship (CS) mid-tier scheme now have until August 31 to complete the forms, allowing them extra time during the busy summer months.

“More than 10,000 farmers and managers requested an application pack ahead of the May 31 deadline, and the extra time should enable more farms to enter into Countryside Stewardship agreements in 2019,” said Sarah Wedge of Davis Meade Property Consultants at Oswestry.

“Countryside Stewardship can bring benefits to soil and water quality and create habitats for wildlife on farmland and the Government thinks that entering into a CS agreement will be a way for farmers to start changing the way they manage their land ahead of new post-Brexit agricultural policy outside the Common Agricultural Policy.”

For the 2018 application window, there are also four new simplified “wildlife offers” for upland, lowland, mixed farm and arable, with a shorter form to fill out and a streamlined selection of options depending on farm type.

As with the mid-tier scheme, the application pack must have been requested before 31 May, and the deadline to return the completed application packs have been extended to 31 August.

Applicants who wanted to apply for a wildlife offer, but received the incorrect pack, should contact Natural England about their application.

For more information or help with an application for either scheme contact Sarah Wedge at the Oswestry office of Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658, email sarahwedge@dmpcuk.com

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