Countryside Stewardship Schemes – Best Way To Prepare For The Future

The Government announced on the 11th February 2020 that the application window for the Countryside Stewardship Schemes was now open. The Scheme is the best way to prepare for the future Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS). 

Those in a Countryside Stewardship Scheme, will be able to enter into the new ELMS Scheme from 2024 without facing any penalty on leaving the Countryside Stewardship Agreement early.

With the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) set to reduce from 2021, the best way to cover the gap between reducing BPS payments and the introduction of a new scheme is to apply for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The ELMS schemes will be based around ’public money for public goods’ with regards to protecting and enhancing the Environment. 

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme provides a good stepping stone between current and future policy. Under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme there are five schemes which each require an application pack to be requested by a deadline:-

1.        Mid Tier – 31st May 2020

2.        Higher Tied – 31st March 2020

3.        Wildlife Offers – 31st May 2020

4         Hedgerows & Boundaries – 31st March 2020

5.        Woodland Support – contact your Local Forestry Commission Officer.

With British agriculture continually being under attack for their contributions towards climate change, farmer/landowners should start to be proactive and apply for the schemes that enhance the environment.

For further information please contact Tabitha Bentley BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV on 01677 425950 or email: