Know How / Environmental schemes

Each of the UK’s devolved administrations has its own agri-environment scheme – for example, the Countryside Stewardship Scheme in England and the Agri-environment Climate Scheme in Scotland.

Find out what’s involved in signing up to a ‘green scheme’ and get practical tips on putting together your application.

Advice and tips

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Natural capital: What it is and how to value it on your farm

The importance of protecting and improving the environment is something farmers have always been aware of, but public awareness of the issue, and with it the government’s focus, has sharpened…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Countryside Stewardship – tips for 2019 scheme

Key elements of England's Countryside Stewardship opened for applications this week. Alice De Soer at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) explains what’s new and gives tips on applying.…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Tips on applying for Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship

With only three weeks until the Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier 2018 application deadline, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) gives some key pointers for applicants. The…

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Case studies

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

How a salt marsh helped save Cumbrian estate

Giles Mounsey-Heysham credits the salt marsh for saving Castletown Estate, his family’s 1,862ha property at Rockcliffe in Cumbria. He began running the estate with its huge debts 50 years ago…

ARABLE

Stewardship scheme could help in blackgrass battle

Mike Neaverson recently joined his family’s 250ha farming business in south Lincolnshire having spent the past five years working in farm management. Here, he describes how the farm, which currently…

ARABLE

Glos farmer creates wild margins to attract grey partridges

Applying for environmental schemes can be time-consuming and have no guarantee of success, but if approved they can be financially worthwhile, as one Gloucestershire farmer is discovering. George Ponsonby is…

ENVIRONMENT

Wild bird project – a blueprint for future farm support?

Farmers in the South West have helped to save a rare farmland bird in a 25-year collaboration with the RSPB.  Farmers and the RSPB don’t always see eye to eye,…

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Insights

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Environmental Land Management scheme – what we know so far

Farmers in England will see Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) funding phased out and new agri-environment funding rolled in over a seven-year transition period under proposals outlined in the Agriculture Bill.…

NEWS

Exclusive: Source reveals Defra farm payments fiasco

Farmers Weekly has been contacted about the frustration of processing Environmental Stewardship (ES) claims following a massive Rural Payments Agency (RPA) remapping exercise, which led to serious delays to farmers…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farmers ahead of the game on conservation

“Farmers are the original friends of the Earth; they know that we cannot have a healthy economy, healthy society or healthy individuals unless we have a healthy environment.” So begins…

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News

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Clock ticking on Defra’s stewardship payment pledge

Farmers are still waiting for thousands of pounds in late environmental stewardship payments – with less than two weeks before a government deadline for claims to be settled. Defra promised…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Cross-compliance key dates approaching fast

Farm consultants across Britain are alerting farmers to fast-approaching cross-compliance dates for hedge trimming, fertiliser spreading and Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). The cross-compliance measures apply to all Basic Payment Scheme…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Farmers lock horns with Natural England over stocking rates

Sheep farmers have accused Natural England of pushing for reductions in stocking levels as part of Countryside Stewardship, to the point where the scheme may no longer be worthwhile. The…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Thousands of farmers finally to be paid for environmental work

Thousands of farmers kept waiting for delayed agri-environment scheme payments in England have been told they will be fully paid by the end of July. Farmers Weekly understands that farmers…

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