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

Tips for applying for Countryside Stewardship in 2020

With key elements of Countryside Stewardship opening for applications last week, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) explains why and how to apply in 2020.…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Countryside stewardship: What to consider before applying

Farmers should consider Countryside Stewardship (CS) carefully as there are options which can prove beneficial on a practical and financial level, as well as delivering for the environment. George Hoyes,…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farming carbon: How to make money from new woodland

A government-backed scheme to reward farmers in England for storing carbon by converting farmland to woodland is set to offer landowners a guaranteed income for up to 35 years. A…

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…

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Case studies

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

How land drainage project is benefiting grazing and wildlife

A £2m project benefiting farmers and the environment is being heralded as a blueprint for similar land management schemes after the UK leaves the European Union. Bringing together conservationists, landowners…

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…

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Insights

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Environmental Land Management scheme: The detail unpicked

A three-tier Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is being proposed by government as it seeks to move away from farm support based on direct payments to one centred on “public…

ENVIRONMENT

Results-based pilot scheme helps farmers deliver green goals

A pioneering scheme that gives farmers flexibility to create their own environmental plan tailored for their land is achieving fantastic results for local wildlife, say industry leaders. Natural England in…

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.…

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News

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

More detail on Environmental Land Management scheme announced

Defra has released details of its forthcoming Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, which will form the cornerstone of post-Brexit farm support in England. The ELM scheme will reward farmers who…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Countryside Stewardship payment delays compounded by flooding

There are concerns at the delay in Countryside Stewardship (CS) payments, with farmers already struggling financially after devastating floods. Farmers were told they would receive a single payment between December…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Eustice responds to concerns on switch to new funding scheme

George Eustice has urged farmers to use Countryside Stewardship (CS) as a stepping stone to new agri-environment funding that he says will remove red tape and be tailored to individual…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Days left to apply for 50% Glastir loan

Welsh farmers have until the end of the week to apply for an interest-free loan if their 2019 Glastir agri-environment scheme payment has been delayed. The Glastir Entry and Advanced…

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