Wildlife Offer Countryside Stewardship – 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 June 9th, 2020 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 suit most farming systems. What do Mid-Tier Stewardship schemes fund? Grant funding is available for land management practices which protect and enhance the natural environment, […]

Posted on June 8th, 2020 by

2020 application window deadline for Countryside Stewardship is fast approaching

    *** The deadline is fast approaching for 2020 Countryside Stewardship applications to be made *** Water Capital Only Grant: Contact to be made with Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer by 31st May 2020 Mid-Tier special options: Contact to be made with RPA by 31st May 2020 Mid-Tier application request: Application to be requested by […]

Posted on May 28th, 2020 by

Countryside Stewardship 2020 – Key Dates

With the upcoming changes to the subsidy regime, now is likely to be a good time for many farmers to consider entering into a Countryside Stewardship agreement.   From 2021, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments will be starting to be phased out through to a complete phasing out by 2028 making this year the last […]

Posted on May 20th, 2020 by

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME 2020 AND CROP DIVERSIFICATION UPDATE

Despite the persistent inclement weather, spring is “technically” here and the BPS season is only just around the corner. Mike Cluley takes a quick look at the Basic Payment Scheme 2020 with a particular focus on what the options are to comply with the Crop Diversification rules under Greening given the consistent wet weather which […]

Posted on March 4th, 2020 by

Exceptional weather allows for agreement adjustments

With the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency have made adjustments to some options for those farmers who have experienced difficulties. These include issues with failed establishments for Wild Bird Food Plots, Catch Crops and the capacity to allow grazing where there may be a fodder shortage. The […]

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by

New Countryside Stewardship Evening

Carver Knowles and Green Farm Seeds are hosting an evening on the New Countryside Stewardship Scheme Venue: Pardon Hill Farm, Prescott, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 9RD Date: Thursday 12th April at 5.30pm – 7.00pm The evening is aimed at farmers and landowners with Environmental Stewardship (ELS and HLS) agreements that are coming to an end in 2018 or […]

Posted on March 28th, 2018 by

Successful Agricultural Grant Workshop

Grant workshop success

On Thursday 23rd February Carver Knowles hosted a very successful agricultural grant workshop, attended by farmers from Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Carver Knowles have been involved with a range of successful grant applications from precision farming equipment to tourist centres.   The afternoon focused on two agricultural grants which are currently available; Growth Development Programme and […]

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by

Countryside Stewardship Scheme – The Devil is in the Detail

Following on from the launch of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) last month we are now able to see how the application process works in terms of physical paperwork and also get to grips with some of the lesser known compulsory scheme requirements. On the face of it, the Mid-Tier application paperwork is very similar […]

Posted on August 13th, 2015 by

Countryside Stewardship Scheme Update

Preserve your farm business in uncertain times

The new Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is about to be formally launched by Natural England (NE) with applications invited for the Mid and Higher Tiers between the 1st July and 30th September with agreements starting from 1st January 2016. The scheme boosts some 130 management options and 110 capital items to chose from many of which […]

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 by