Natural England have launched four new Countryside Stewardship offers. Previously criticised for its complexity, the offers have been simplified to support wildlife and are divided into the following categories:
- Arable Offer
- Lower Grazing Offer
- Mixed Farming Offer
- Upland Offer
These Offers have been designed to deliver a sufficient level of environmental benefits so that scoring is not required. This means, provided the applicant meets the minimum criteria, an agreement offer will be made, unlike the Mid-Tier and Higher-Tier schemes which are competitive.
The scheme will last 5 years from the Agreement Start Date.
The applications closes on 31st July and application packs must be requested before 31st May 2018.
Contact our experts to find out more about the scheme and whether you are eligible for the grant.