The 2018 application round for Countryside Stewardship has now closed and Natural England are busy processing agreement for a 1st January 2019 start date. This year our Farm Environmental Services Advisors submitted 35 application which if successful will secure over £500 000 of annual income and £300 000 of capital items for Cheshire and Lancashire Farmers. All of our annual agreements included the Farm Wildlife and Pollinator package which gives you an increased application score in return for including a package of options that provide the year round food supply and nesting habitat required for key farmland birds and pollinating insects. A lot of the capital works included in agreements were to help with yard infra structure and clean and dirty water separation such as new roofs and concrete yard renewal as well as hedge laying and coppicing to improve and link key farm hedges.
Looking forward to the 2019 window, application packs should be available from mid-Janaury onwards. If you are interested in applying next year and would like a FREE scoping visit to discuss the various scheme options contact our advisors.
Do you need to register your Yard?
If you would like to apply for any Countryside Stewardship Capital items on your farmyard, then this must be registered on the Rural Land Registry and have its own parcel number. The registration process involves filling out an RLE1 form which can be downloaded from the gov.uk website CLICK HERE. It is recommended that this is done as soon as possible as registering land once the application process has started can lead to significant delays.
Speak to our Advisors for more information: