Applications for Higher Tier opened on 11 February, and close on 1 May 2020 for initial applications.
Higher Tier covers the more environmentally significant sites, commons and woodlands.The options, supplements and capital items available are more complex than Mid Tier due to the needs of these sites.
You can get help with your application from Natural England, Forestry Commission or Catchment Sensitive Farming officers.
Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a project that aims to reduce the amount of water and air pollution caused by farming operations. CSF officers provide free advice and training on reducing pollution in priority areas, and support when applying for water and air quality capital grants in Mid Tier.
Added latest news - Applications for Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier, Mid Tier including Wildlife Offers, and Hedgerows and Boundaries are now closed for 2019.
Woodland creation, management plan and tree health grants are open all year for applications.
Latest news: Change to the way customers contact us about Countryside Stewardship
Text updated due to deadline for CS revenue claims.
Rural Payments service ‘Land use’ screens removed from latest news as the screens are available to customers.
5 June 2019 - Land use screens in the Rural Payments service are not working.
Change to clarify that we must receive add land requests by midnight on 29 May so that we can action the request by 31 May.
Updates to information following 15 May deadline.
'Add land by email' deadline for requests extended to 31 May.