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


How tenants could benefit from natural capital initiatives

Tenancy agreements mostly rule out long-term environmental schemes such as tree planting and rewilding. However, generating an income from carbon offsetting and sequestration, nutrient neutrality units, biodiversity and third-party access…


Guide to funding for tree projects on farm

With the clear benefits to farmland and the growing links between farm payments and environmental works, more and more farmers are keen to create woodlands. All four UK nations now…


Q&A: How funding for woods and hedges works

Man-made pressures and disease are putting a strain on woodlands and hedgerows, with consequences for wildlife populations and the farmed environment. Farmland accounts for 72% of the UK countryside, so…


Wild bird covers: Financial and environmental potential

Wild bird cover under a range of environmental scheme options has its roots in game shoot management. A couple of decades ago, little was grown other than for game cover.…

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Case studies


Worcs farmer taps into grants to revamp machinery fleet

Investing in new technology can be cripplingly expensive for a small farm, but securing funds from relevant grant schemes makes it possible to lighten the financial burden. James Kent and…


Net-zero demo farm's three-pronged approach to cutting carbon

A Cambridgeshire net zero demonstration farmer has a three-pronged approach to cut his carbon footprint and replace income lost through the phasing out of BPS payments. David Felce, who farms…


How and why two farmers planted trees for crops and poultry

Agroforestry is estimated to be practised on 3% of the UK’s farmed land, but at 10% the Woodland Trust says it could help the nation hit climate change targets. In…


How hill graziers improved sheep grazing and environment

Managing invasive bracken on the Black Mountains has increased the usable grazing area by 320ha (790 acres). A programme of twice-yearly control treatments, applied over a three-year period up to…

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Why arable farmers could soon earn from habitat credits

Farmers could soon earn money creating new habitats on their farms, as developers look to offset the loss of biodiversity resulting from development such as house building and infrastructure projects.…


How Local Nature Recovery collaborative schemes could work

Collaboration between farmers, as well as other stakeholders, is likely to be crucial in unlocking funding within the Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery parts of Defra’s Environmental Land Management…


Essex farm bought for £2m to showcase rewilding

An Essex farm is to showcase how rewilding can generate an income for landowners, while enhancing biodiversity and the environment. Landscape company Ground Control bought Grays Farm, in the village…

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Farmers need clarity on ELM roadmap and ambitions, Defra told

Defra must set out a roadmap and clear ambitions for its upcoming Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme if it is to reach its target of enrolling 70% of farmers in…


Shortage of saplings hits planting scheme plans

Grant funding for farmland tree planting projects is in jeopardy because pressure on the supply of saplings means some projects are unlikely to get planted ahead of scheme deadlines. A…


New £6m fund to support regional forest projects

A £6m fund has been announced to help local authorities and environmental charities expand woodland planting on a regional and national scale. The Trees Call to Action Fund will provide…


Scotland extends organic management and conversion support

Scotland’s Agri-Environment Climate Scheme will reopen in 2022 with the aim of helping to double the area of land under organic management. Farmers, crofters and land managers will be able…

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