Countryside Stewardship Agreements – Countryside Stewardship will be open for applications from mid-March until the end of September. New agreements will start on the 1st January annually. If your existing agri-environment agreement has already expired or is due to expire before January 2018, please contact the office to discuss the possibilities for your land early in 2017 to enable the appropriate preparation work to be done in good time.
Water Capital grants – This funding for infrastructure to reduce water pollution can be part of a CSS agreement, but also as a stand-alone grant of up to £10,000 per holding. The holding must be within a Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) priority area. If you would like to know whether you are eligible and if your holding has potential for capital investment, then please contact the office as soon as possible for an informal discussion.
Woodland Creation Grants – initial applications can be submitted up until the end of March. Applications will be competitive, with a minimum area of 3 hectares required, and each planting block needing to be at least 0.5 hectares in area. Exceptionally, a smaller minimum area of 1 hectare, with planting blocks of at least 0.1 hectares, will be available as part of a suite of options to address water quality. If you are considering planting any woodland, please contact the office as soon as possible for further information and help with applications.
Hedgerow & Boundaries Grant – stand-alone funding for up to £5000 per holding is available for the restoration of boundaries. The application window deadline is 30th April. If you would like some advice please contact the office.