Countryside Stewardship Fund Opens for 2017 (England)

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Countryside Stewardship Fund Opens for 2017 (England)

The third year of the Countryside Stewardship scheme is open for applications.

Farmers and land managers can apply for the Mid-Tier and Higher Tier of Countryside Stewardship, which is a targeted scheme that funds projects to:

  • Restore habitats
  • Improve water quality and woodland
  • Reduce flood risk
  • Protect landscapes
  • Provide year-round food and shelter for pollinators, birds and other wildlife.

The Mid-Tier offers 5-year agreements for environmental improvements in the wider countryside, such as reducing diffuse water pollution or improving the environment for birds, pollinators and farm wildlife. Mid-Tier application packs must be requested by 31st July and applications submitted by 30th September 2017. Higher Tier focuses on environmentally important sites, including commons and woodlands, where the more complex management requires support from Natural England or the Forestry Commission.

Higher Tier application packs must be requested by 13th April and an initial application must be submitted by 5th May 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/countryside-stewardship-opens-for-2017

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