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Defra Countryside Stewardship Grants are Open for 2019

Friday, 31 May 2019

England’s farmers, foresters and land managers can apply for a range of schemes that pay for environmental benefits.

The 2019 Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme is open for farmers, foresters and land managers to request 2019 application packs.

These agreements provide a long-term source of income to those who deliver environmental benefits on their land – including habitats for wildlife, pollinator plots and increased biodiversity. The provider has introduced improvements to make the scheme easier to apply for in 2019.

Farmers and land managers in England who are new to taking on environmental work or with expired or expiring Environmental Stewardship agreements can apply for:

Mid TierFarmers and land managers can choose from all available multi-year options and capital items to form an agreement which delivers local environmental benefits. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

Wildlife OffersDesigned to help guide farmers to the most straightforward options for their farm type, making it easier and simpler to secure a CS agreement. Offers are split into different packages for farm types: arable, lowland grazing, upland, and mixed farming. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

"We have taken steps to simplify the Countryside Stewardship scheme to make it easier to access.

"As we start to move future farming policy towards schemes that deliver sustainable food production, entering a Countryside Stewardship agreement can be an important first step and all agreements are guaranteed for their full lifetime."

News Article from: Kiriklees 4 Business | Open 4 Business

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