OT1: Organic land management - improved permanent grassland

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the organic land management - improved permanent grassland option.

How much will be paid

£40 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this option

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Whole parcel

Only on:

  • land registered as ‘fully organic’ by a Defra-licensed organic control body
  • improved and semi-improved permanent grassland
  • arable land, where the land is to be reverted to permanent grassland as part of a Countryside Stewardship agreement

How this option will benefit the environment

Maintains land under organic management, providing a wide range of environmental and public benefits.

If successful associated benefits will increase as the organic area is maintained.


Comply with organic standards for the life of the agreement.

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • a valid organic certificate and schedule for all the parcels entered into this option at application and on their annual claim - RPA will not request this information if you have already supplied it for a Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claim
  • records to show the land is improved or semi-improved grassland

Other Countryside Stewardship options and supplements relevant to grassland management may be used on the same land area where eligibility rules allow.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option.

Improved and semi-improved grassland

To qualify as improved or semi-improved grassland, at least 2 of these need to apply:

  • cover of both ryegrass and white clover is more than 10%
  • the sward is not species rich (15 or fewer species per square metre, including grasses)
  • there is a low cover (less than 30%) of wildflowers and sedges, excluding white clover, buttercup, injurious weeds

Permanent ineligible features may be eligible as part of the option area if registered with a control body.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.

  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.

  3. First published.