OT2: Organic land management - unimproved permanent grassland

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

How much will be paid

£20 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
  • unimproved permanent grassland and rough grazing that is below the moorland line

How this option will benefit the environment

It maintains unimproved grassland under organic management, providing a wide range of environmental and public benefits.


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 with your annual claim

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • a valid organic certificate and schedule for all the parcels entered into this option
  • evidence land is unimproved permanent grassland or rough grazing required

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.

Unimproved grassland

To qualify as unimproved grassland, at least 2 of these need to apply:

  • cover of both ryegrass and white clover is less than 10%
  • the sward is species rich (more than 15 species per square metre, including grasses)
  • there is a high cover (more 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.