The 2020 Countryside Stewardship application window has opened for new applications with a potential 1st January 2021 start date.

Here’s a quick summary of the schemes and the relevant key dates:

• Higher Tier – Application packs can be requested online via the Rural Payments service until 31st March. The application deadline is 1st May 2020.

• Mid Tier – Application packs can be downloaded via the Rural Payments service (up to 30th June 2020) or a paper application pack can be requested (by 31st May 2020). The application deadline is 31st July 2020.

• Wildlife Offers (the simplified Mid Tier schemes) – They can be applied for online on the Rural Payments service (paper application packs can be requested until 31st May). The application deadline is 31st July 2020.

• Hedgerows and Boundaries Capital Grants – They can be applied for online using the Rural Payments service. The application deadline is 1st May 2020.

• Water Capital Grants – These are available through Mid Tier (see above) and allow capital only agreements that last for two years. Download application pack via the Rural Payments service (up to 30th June 2020) or a paper application pack can be requested (by 31st May 2020). The application deadline is 31st July 2020.

• Woodland support – You can apply for woodland creation, management plans and tree health grants all year.

If you would like any advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch – 01684 325215 / 07814 033449 office@cpwdaniell.co.uk