Countryside Stewardship Scheme – applications now open




Defra has announced that farmers will be able to apply to the Countryside Stewardship Scheme from 18 February.



About the scheme

Countryside Stewardship provides financial incentives for farmers and land managers to look after their environment by:

  • conserving and restoring wildlife habitats
  • flood risk management
  • woodland creation and management
  • reducing widespread water pollution from agriculture
  • keeping the character of the countryside
  • preserving historical features in the landscape
  • encouraging educational access


The scheme is:

  • open to all eligible farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers
  • suitable for many types of land use, for example conventional and organic farmland,  
  • coastal areas, uplands and woodlands
  • competitive
  • scored against local priority targets to maximise environmental benefit


There are 4 main elements to the scheme:


Deadline for requesting application packs:

31 March – Higher Tier
31 May – Mid-Tier


Deadline for submitting your 2019 application:

3 May – Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant / Higher Tier
31 July – Mid-Tier / Wildlife Offers


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