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 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 – 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

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Upland farmers call for 25-year environment schemes

Upland farmers have called for a long-term environmental scheme with a simple administration system to replace CAP support measures, post Brexit. The suggestions were among proposals put forward by more…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farmers invoiced for hundreds of pounds after RPA's £5m error

Farmers are being told to pay back hundreds of pounds that the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) accidentally overpaid after being sent invoices with an immediate due date. Farmers Weekly reported…

BREXIT

Defra challenged to pay up on time as no-deal Brexit looms

Timely and accurate support payments must be part of Defra’s no-deal Brexit planning, industry leaders have warned – amid rising concern that farmers could be left out of pocket if…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

RPA to recoup £5m after overpaying 1,000 farmers

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is in the process of contacting about 1,000 farmers who have received overpayments totalling £5m for their agri-environment agreements. The issue relates to the payments…

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