Since the beginning of 2018, Sheldon Bosley Knight’s Rural Land Agency department have been preparing annual Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications for numerous farmers and land owners. Over 33,000 acres of land throughout Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire was reviewed as part of the application process.
The procedure in applying for BPS involved meeting with farmers and landowners to discuss cropping, mapping ineligible features, calculating Ecological Focus Area and crop diversification requirements, and hand delivering supporting documentation to the Rural Payments Agency Reading Office. The two month application window was particularly onerous due to alterations made by the RPA often being incorrect.
Application packs for the Scheme need to be requested by 31st May 2018 and completed applications must be submitted by 31st July. If anyone wishes to discuss Countryside Stewardship in greater detail, including how it could be integrated into their farm business, please do not hesitate to get in contact with either Amelia Sheldon or Sam White on 01608 661666.