The Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) is the overarching government grant funding scheme for farmers, foresters, and land management. It is based on the principle of public money for public goods and, unlike BPS, it will no longer require action for payment.

Updated 19.07.24

It is split into components that increase in complexity as you progress up the levels:

Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI)

The most basic component of ELMS, the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) will financially reward farmers for employing environmentally sustainable land management practices. It will be split into different actions, with each action relating to different aspects of land and farming.

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Landscape Recovery 

Landscape Recovery is even bigger in scale and longer-term than Local Nature Recovery (sites from 500 ha to 5,000 ha and potentially involving 20-year agreements). 

It will support more radical change to land use – for example by establishing nature reserves, restoring floodplains, or creating woodlands and wetlands. It is likely to involve a responsible body to monitor progress over time. Pilot schemes will be stablished this year, using two central themes (threatened native species recovery; and restoring waterbodies and improving water quality).


The Farming Investment Fund (FIF)

The Farming Investment Fund (FIF) is the strand of ELMS focussed on grants for capital expenditure, and it provides grants to enhance both farming productivity and the environment.  

It comprises the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund and the Farming Transformation Fund. 

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Chris Turner is a Rural Partner for Carter Jonas based in the Winchester office. Chris has 15 years qualified experience working with rural estates and private clients across the South East. Chris' principle work involves valuations, estate management, landlord and tenant work and general professional advice to rural landowners, managers and tenants.
James works within the firm's Rural Division and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and a member of the Society for the Environment (CEnv.) James has a broad range of experience and has worked in Yorkshire for over 20 Years.James specialises in Rural Estate Management, Landlord and Tenant advice, Town and Country Planning, Property Valuation, Renewable Energy Schemes, Farm Subsidies and Compulsory Purchase Compensation
Emily is a Rural Surveyor with an interest in agri-environment schemes on both farm and landscape scale. Emily completed a master's degree at the Royal Agricultural University in Rural Estate Management and has recently achieved her RICS and CAAV qualifications.
Tom was brought up on his family's farm in North Yorkshire and joined Carter Jonas after graduating from Harper Adams University with first class honours. Tom became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) in 2020 having been awarded the status of commended member from the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) in 2019.Tom is a Surveyor within the Harrogate rural team undertaking a mixed role of property agency, valuation, professional and agri-business consultancy across Yorkshire and the North East.

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