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New Countryside Stewardship – Streamlined Options

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Bee on wildflowerFour new Countryside Stewardship (CS) offers have been introduced for farmers and land managers in order to boost biodiversity and help protect and enhance farmland and the countryside.

The improvements that have been made make it much simpler for farmers and land managers to apply.

The four new Offers – Online Arable Offer, Lowland Grazing Offer, Upland Offer and Mixed Farming Offer – will provide tailored options covering the full range of different farm types, so farmers and land managers can deliver environmental benefits no matter where they are or how they farm. The Arable offer is also available to apply for online, making it even simpler still.

These new offers will complement the existing Higher Tier as well as the Mid-Tier offer which has been enhanced and will continue to be available, supporting more comprehensive agreements delivering organics, historic, water quality, wet grassland and traditional orchards.

Blue Farm Tractor in fieldThe huge benefit of the new offers being quicker and easier to apply for will save farmers valuable time. It is also a non-competitive scheme, so all farmers who meet the eligibility can enter into an agreement.

The popular Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant will also receive additional funding from 2018, with farmers and land managers able to apply for a maximum grant of £10,000, up from £5,000 in previous application rounds.

Scheme handbooks with more detail on how to apply and the best options for different farms have been published – click here – and detail the different options for each of the four offers.

The request for application form deadline is 31 May 2018, with the deadline for submissions being earlier than usual, 31 July 2018.

Please contact Sam White at our Shipston Office for more information or 01608 661666.