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

BPS

Coronavirus: Applying for farm support schemes

With farm support scheme application and claim windows currently open, the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are inevitably having an impact on farmers filing their applications. Alice De Soer at the Central…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Why growers should sign up for greening ahead of new scheme

Arable farmers are being urged to sign up for environmental subsidy schemes, such as growing cover crops and wildflower mixes, to prepare for a post-Brexit farm support package. These schemes…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

What to do if HS2 claims farmland in stewardship agreement

Farmers with land in stewardship agreements which is taken by HS2 should apply for a derogation, use a break clause or claim force majeure to minimise business disruption. HS2 has…

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.…

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Case studies

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

How farmers are capitalising on Countryside Stewardship

Organic beef and sheep farmer David Oates has stopped growing barley in favour of brassica crops and wholecrop to benefit local wildlife habitats. With a mixture of improved land, heathland…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Greening farms prepare for radical switch in farm policy

Rutland farm manager Matt Houldcroft is set to put his least productive land into environmental schemes to prepare for a future “public money for public good” farm policy. He is…

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…

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Insights

ARABLE

Free app to help growers with cropping for ELM scheme

Farmers are to get the first glimpse this summer of a new online tool which will help them decide cropping plans for a new “public money for public good” agricultural…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

How farmer groups can work together to get most from ELM

Farm adviser, Alison Cross, believes that farmers should act together in groups to get the best out of Britain’s future farming policy and so have a wide impact on the…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Miscanthus: Can it tackle climate change and turn a profit?

Growing miscanthus can make sense on poorer-quality land, offering farmers a financial return and a chance to do their bit for the environment. But the government is being urged by…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

ELM funding: Figures reveal finance shortfall

The proposed Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM) will not bridge the gap left by the withdrawal of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and farmers are sleepwalking into disaster, advisers have…

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News

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farmers offered flexibility on mid-tier CSS deadline

Farmers in England struggling to complete a Countryside Stewardship mid-tier application on time because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic can request an extension until midnight 31 August. The…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

£53m of rural grants given 'without checks on value for money'

Grants worth £53m for projects to boost the Welsh rural economy were awarded without checks to see if they were worth the money, a damning report has concluded. The Audit…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Have your say on Defra's new ELM scheme

Farmers are being given the chance to help shape the government's Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme for England. Six webinars have been set up to ensure farmers can share their…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Cover crop scheme target doubled after first year success

A cover crop scheme to reduce nitrates in water has been extended to draw in more farms across parts of the south and east of England. A pilot for the…

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