©Tim Scrivener
I wasn’t surprised to hear that many farmers had taken the decision not to renew their Environmental Stewardship Scheme for 2016. The statistics say it all, with 11,000 agreements coming to end and only 2,314 applications for the new middle-tier scheme. This is a lost opportunity and a great disappointment considering the massive input from land managers, their advisers and Natural England over the past 10 years. I have some sympathy with the comment made that Environmental Stewardship has moved away from growers […]