Standards launching under SFI June 2022

Following the announcement that the Sustainable Farming Incentive will launch in June 2022 we have outlined the two standards we think will be most popular from the initial offering. Arable and Horticultural Soils Standard  The arable and horticultural soils standard will be available from the launch of the SFI in June 2022 at an introductory […]

Posted on March 30th, 2022 by

Sustainable Farming Incentive to launch in June 2022

Today we had had an announcement from DEFRA that the Sustainable Farming Incentive will launch in June 2022 along with confirmation of what initial standards will be available and the accompanying payment rates. As the launch of SFI nears we will publish more detailed information but for now set out a basic overview of the […]

Posted on March 30th, 2022 by

FARMING EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FUND NOW OPEN

The long awaited Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) is now open for applications. As expected the scheme is very similar to the former Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme and offers 40% grant funding for investment into technology and equipment to improve sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestry productivity. Whilst predominantly the same, there are a […]

Posted on November 16th, 2021 by

Catchment Sensitive Farming – expansion to all farms

Yesterday, DEFRA announced the expansion of its Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme to cover every farm in England by March 2023. The CSF programme is a partnership between DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency which offers farmers on-farm one-to-one advice in order to reduce water and air pollution. Currently CSF support is only available […]

Posted on August 3rd, 2021 by

Last Few Worcestershire County Council Agricultural & Horticultural Grants Available

Agricultural grants of between £2,000 – £10,000 are available for Farmers and landowners throughout Worcestershire for the investment into new and innovative technology. Worcestershire County Council are offering grants of up to £10,000 (50% match funding) for investment into new technology that: Improves the efficiency of direct inputs such as energy, water, fertiliser Reduces impacts […]

Posted on April 14th, 2021 by

Countryside Stewardship Wildlife Offer – All you need to know

Wildlife Offer Countryside Stewardship agreements provide a simplified scheme option for farmers with a set list of options under each Wildlife Offer type and provided the minimum requirements are met then an agreement will be offered. The aim of Wildlife Offer’s is as the name suggests, to support wildlife by providing sources of nectar and […]

Posted on March 17th, 2021 by

Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants

Capital grants are new for Countryside Stewardship 2021 and replace the former ‘Water capital grants’ and ‘Hedgerow and Boundary grants’. Whilst many of the options remain the same as in the previous schemes, a new area of grants has been included which aims to improve air quality. What does the grant offer funding for? The […]

Posted on March 17th, 2021 by

Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship – All you need to know

Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship is very similar to the old style ELS schemes. It is designed to provide environmental benefits at an on-farm level with a range of options that can be tailored to suit most farming systems. What do Mid-Tier Stewardship schemes fund? Grant funding is available for land management practices which protect and enhance […]

Posted on March 17th, 2021 by

Countryside Stewardship 2021 – Now Open for Applications

As of Tuesday 9th February the Countryside Stewardship application window has now re-opened. The individual options available for Stewardship are largely the same as before but there are some key changes to be aware of: Greening has been removed so existing greening features such as buffer strips can be used in a Countryside Stewardship application. […]

Posted on February 9th, 2021 by

Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme: Round 3 Now Open

The long awaited third round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is now open offering grant funding of between £3,000 – £12,000 for farmers purchasing equipment to improve productivity and efficiency. The grant scheme provides a list of eligible items and assigns each eligible item a ‘standard cost’. The grant paid is then based […]

Posted on October 7th, 2020 by