The new window for Countryside Stewardship claims opened 18th February 2019 – farmers, foresters and land managers to request 2019 application packs via https://www.gov.uk/government/news/countryside-stewardship-opens-for-applications-in-2019 and clicking on the relevant scheme e.g. Mid Tier.
Farmers and land managers who are new to taking on environmental work or with expired or expiring Environmental Stewardship agreements can apply for:
Higher Tier (18th Feb to 3rd May 2019 application window)
Mid Tier (18th Feb to 31st July 2019 application window)
Wildlife Offers (18th Feb to 31st July 2019 application window)
Hedgerow & Boundaries (18th Feb to 3rd May 2019 application window)
Tree Health (open for applications all year)
Woodland Management Plans (open for applications all year)
Woodland Creation (open for applications all year)
15th May 2019 – CS/ES revenue claims deadline (without penalty)
31st May 2019 – deadline for making certain changes to a submitted CS/ES revenue claim without penalty submitted before 15th May 2019.
Whilst Michael Gove’s announcement of the Agriculture Bill in September 2018 did not say a great deal about farming to produce food for the UK and export markets; one thing it did signal was a change in how farmers will be paid once (if?!) we leave the EU.
The current Basic Payment Scheme will be phased out with funding for environmental benefits and public goods at the front of the new agricultural policy. At Arthey Associates we encourage our customers to make use of entering Countryside Stewardship agreements now, to be well-placed to benefit from the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) system, which is due to be introduced 2024/2025. This will follow three years of piloting the new system nationally.