agri-environment schemes and rural grants
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:
Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS)
As the UK’s leading agents in respect to subsidy distribution schemes please click here for our comments on the current proposals for Environmental Land Management Schemes currently being proposed in the Agriculture Bill 2018.
Countryside Stewardship Schemes
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 start date must have requested an application pack by the 9th March and submitted an initial application by the 13th April of the previous year.
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 and the application period is 15th January to 31st August for agreements with 1st January start date of the following year.
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.
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 and the application period is 15th January to 31st August for agreements with 1st January start date of the following year.
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. On completion of woodland creation the Woodland Maintenance Grant application can be made. Open all year round.
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.
Recent articles/updates – click here