The 2018 application window tor countryside stewardship is now open.
As in previous years the Countryside Stewardship scheme is open for business providing a range of financial incentives for land managers to look after the environment through activities such as:
- Conserving and restoring wildlife habitats
- Flood risk management
- Woodland creation and management
- Encouraging Educational Access
- Preserving Historic Features
There are three main elements to the scheme:
- Capital Grants
The scheme is competitive and scored against the list of local priorities.
New for 2018 is Countryside Stewardship Offers
Offers is a non-competitive scheme with a simplified application process. It guarantees acceptance, subject to meeting the requirements of the scheme.
The intention of the scheme is to encourage those farmers for whom Mid-Tier and Higher Tier are too onerous to get back into a stewardship scheme.
Very simply, it is a replacement to Entry Level Stewardship with similar levels of management requirement and payments.