What is happening to environmental schemes post Brexit?

The Agricultural Bill confirmed that Basic Payment Scheme payments will start to be progressively phased out in 2021, with all payments stopping by 2028. The current Countryside Stewardship is envisaged to remain available until 2024, with a new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) starting from 2025. This will be piloted from 2021 and based on… Read More

Posted on October 4th, 2018 by

New Countryside Stewardship Scheme

MID TIER COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP SCHEME The Mid Tier Scheme has been “streamlined” to cover the 4 main themes: Arable Lowland Mixed Farming Upland   The scheme is now also non-competitive, meaning that all farmers who meet the eligibility requirements can get an agreement to deliver as few as 3 options, or as many as 14…. Read More

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by

The New Countryside Stewardship Options for 2019

On the 15th of January 2018 Natural England launched its new simplified Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The new process is designed to make the scheme more accessible and easier to apply to each individual farming system. They have split the scheme into four categories: Lowland Grazing Uplands Mixed Farming Arable   The scheme is non-competitive, meaning… Read More

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by

Grant funding – Which grant will suit my project?

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Do you have a project in mind but not sure what funding is available? The pathway to grant funding is often a bit of a minefield with different schemes for different projects with a range of criteria and deadline dates. If you have a project in mind and would like to know if it is… Read More

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by

Countryside Stewardship Now Open

    The 2017 Countryside Stewardship application window for Mid-Tier and Higher Tier are now open.   Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship offers 5 year agreements for environmental improvements in the wider countryside, such as reducing diffuse water pollution or improving the environment for birds, pollinators and farm wildlife.  Mid-Tier application packs must be requested no later than 31st… Read More

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by

New Year New Grant Funding Opportunities

Countryside Stewardship

With a portfolio of grant schemes opening for 2017 Alyssia Thomas takes a look at those that are available and how to get hold of the funding. Brexit may mean a permanent or temporary end to this type of funding so if you are considering entering a scheme or investing in farm improvements its important… Read More

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by