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

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…

BUSINESS

Advice on hedges for BPS and Countryside Stewardship 2018

The new mapped hedges information isn’t always correct. Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers advises on dealing with hedges for the Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside…

BUSINESS

How to apply for wildlife arable Countryside Stewardship

With the online application window for the new Countryside Stewardship wildlife arable offer opening this week, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) gives some tips…

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Archive

BUSINESS

Countryside Stewardship – last-minute application advice

Farmers in England have been grappling with the new Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme ever since the handbook was published this summer. Like its predecessor, the new scheme is split largely…

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Case studies

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

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…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Environmental schemes must be profitable, says CLA

All the money currently spent on the Common Agricultural Policy in England – and possibly more – should be transferred to a new “public money for public goods” scheme in…

NEWS

Brexit green schemes a ‘no-brainer’ for farmers

Defra plans to make agri-environment schemes so irresistible post Brexit that it will be a “no-brainer” for farmers to sign up, according to farming minister George Eustice, speaking on a…

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News

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Stewardship bridging payments to reach farmers this month

Up to 1,000 farmers and landowners who are yet to be paid for 2016 and 2017 Environmental Stewardship (ES) claims will receive bridging payments by the end of the month.…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Defra under fire over late agri-environment payments

Defra farm minister George Eustice has been asked to explain why more than half of agri-environment scheme payments were late last year. Lords scrutinised agri-environment payments made in 2017 under…

FARM POLICY

Agriculture Bill falls short, say farm leaders

Government plans to abolish farm subsidies and introduce a new system of environmental payments fall short of the support needed for the sector, say industry leaders. The government's long-awaited Agriculture…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Woodland creation scheme moves to rolling application window

Farmers in England can now sign up to the Woodland Grant Creation Scheme (WGCS) all-year round. The move is designed to attract more applications and ties in with the government’s…

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