Wild flower margin on farm© Tim Scrivener
2015 marked the introduction of the Basic Payment Scheme in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. On 1 January 2015, the old Single Payment Scheme was replaced by the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). The big change was that  “greening” requirements were incorporated within the BPS, which means farmers have to comply with certain agricultural practices to be able to claim their full payment. Refusal to follow the rules – which require a mix of crops on your farm, the establishment […]