Stewardship Scheme Opens

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme is now open for applications.  The scheme is open to all eligible farmers, land managers, woodland owners and foresters.   Agreement holders are provided with financial incentives to look after their environment through conserving and restoring wildlife habitats; woodland creation and management; reducing widespread water pollution from agriculture; encouraging educational access; flood risk management; keeping the character of the countryside and; preserving important historical rural landscapes.

There are 3 main elements of the scheme, Mid Tier, Higher Tier and Capital Grant, with all elements of the scheme being competitive and scored against local priority targets to maximise environmental benefit.

There are various application deadlines for the different elements of the scheme; the first being the Woodland Creation Grant closing for applications on 31st March 2016.  For further information regarding the scheme and for assistance with preparing and submitting an application please contact us.