agri-environment schemes and rural grants

A number of schemes and grants are available under the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) including the latest agri-environment scheme, Countryside Stewardship.

Townsend Chartered Surveyors offer expert advice on all agri-environment schemes and rural grants. We can advise and assist landowners and farmers to ensure they achieve the maximum benefit from the schemes below:

Countryside Stewardship Schemes

Higher Tier

A competitive scheme aimed exclusively at sites of high environmental importance. A wide range of management options are available, and applicants must contact Natural England or the Forestry Commission before applying. Those wishing to enter into agreements with 1st January 2019 start date must have requested an application pack by the 9th March 2018 and submitted an initial application by the 13th April 2018.

Mid Tier

A competitive scheme open to all, however applications will be scored according to whether they achieve local environmental priorities, with only the highest scoring being accepted onto the scheme. Deadline for ordering an application pack is the 31st May 2018 and the application period is 15th January to 31st July 2018 for agreements with 1st January 2019 start date.

New Wildlife offers – see here

New non-competitive schemes:

  • Arable – See here for Online Arable categories/options
  • Lowland grazing – See here for Lowland Grazing categories/options
  • Upland – See here for Upland categories/options
  • Mixed farming – See here for Mixed Farming categories/options

Hedgerow and Boundaries Capital Grants

A competitive grant with funding of up to £10,000 for restoration of small-scale boundary features. Available to those not in Higher/Mid-Tier, existing HLS/ELS agreements, or an existing Hedgerow and Boundary Grant Stewardship agreement. Application window set to run from 15th January to 30th April 2018.

Water Capital Grants

Competitive grants of up to £10,000 per holding. Applications scored and accepted based on local priorities on land in High Water Quality Priority areas and budget available. Deadline for ordering an application pack is the 31st May 2018 and the application period is 15th January to 31st July 2018 for agreements with 1st January 2019 start date.

Woodland Creation Grants

Competitive grant for tree planting and protection. Minimum area of 3 hectares. Applications scored and accepted based on biodiversity benefits, size with budget available. Applications 2nd January to 16th February 2018. On completion of woodland creation the Woodland Maintenance Grant application can be made.

Woodland Management Plans

Non-competitive grant of £20/ha (min £1,000) on first 100 hectares and £10/ha on more than 100 hectares. Minimum area of 3 hectares. Open all year round.

Woodland Tree Health

Non-competitive grant to assist with restoration and improvement of woodland where certain diseases have been identified. Open all year round.

David Shepherd

David Shepherd
BSc.(Hons). MRICS. FAAV.

01392 823935
dshepherd@townsendcharteredsurveyors.co.uk