In April, Natural England published guidance on the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS), which will replace agri-environment schemes as we know them.
The priorities of the CSS are to protect and enhance the natural environment, in particular the diversity of wildlife, and water quality.
In our Summer 2015 Rural Newsletter we take a look at the CSS scheme, the three new elements within and the requirements for application under each level.
The 2015 application period for Mid and Higher Tier agreements starting in 2016, is between 1st July and 30th September 2015 so now is the time to act if you wish to apply. All new agreements will commence 1st January each year starting 2016.
All current ELS and HLS agreement holders should have recently received a letter from Natural England inviting
them to certain ‘events’ in their local area to further explain the new Countryside Stewardship.
The first in this region is on Wednesday 22nd July at the Kenilworth Centre, in Kenilworth. The number to call to book a place is 01270 616800.
There may be other events and ‘clinics’ building on this later in the summer.