Countryside Stewardship: How to apply

Manuals explain the scheme rules and How to apply guides will help you with your application

Latest news

Countryside Stewardship applications are open

You can apply for:

  • Woodland support grants
  • Implementation Plan (PA1) and Feasibility Study (PA2) grants

Rural Payments service application status

Some of the application statuses wording is incorrect in the initial application screen.

We’ll correct this as soon as we can.

This does not affect any other information in the Rural Payments service.

For more information click the ‘Help’ link on the initial CS applications screen in the Rural Payments service.

Woodland support grants

You can apply for the following grants all year:

  • Woodland Creation and Maintenance grant
  • Woodland Management Plan grant
  • Woodland Tree Health grant

The updated Woodland Creation and Maintenance grant is open. The payment rates for the grants have not changed, but the application process for the maintenance element of this grant is different.

Use these links to:

  • read the relevant manual
  • download one of the new application forms and find details of how to request a copy of the annex which accompanies the form
  • read guidance to help you apply

Implementation Plan (PA1) and Feasibility Study (PA2) grants

You can apply for an Implementation Plan or Feasibility Study grant all year.

Implementation Plan and Feasibility Study grants provide funding for more complex agreements and projects. You must speak to a Natural England advisor before applying for one of these grants.

Mid Tier

Applications for Mid Tier are closed.

Wildlife Offers

Applications for the Wildlife Offers are closed.

Higher Tier

The deadline for the Forestry Commission to receive your final, woodland only application for the Higher Tier Woodland Improvement grant has changed to 31 August 2021.

Capital Grants

Applications for Capital Grants are closed.

Historic Buildings Restoration grant

Applications for the Historic Buildings Restoration grant are closed.

Forms and supporting information

Use the Rural Payments service to apply online for the woodland management plan grant.

Published 15 June 2015
Last updated 5 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Some application statuses in the Rural Payments service contain incorrect wording

  2. Added Implementation Plan (PA1) and Feasibility Study (PA2) grants group. Updates to show that Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier and Wildlife Offers has closed.

  3. Updated to reflect that the CS Mid Tier request an application pack online deadline has been extended to 16 July.

  4. Edited latest news to include information about changes to the RP service and confirmation that claim deadline of 11 June 2021 had passed for 2021 CS revenue claims.

  5. Higher Tier and Capital Grants applications have now closed and have been removed from the list of open applications.

  6. Latest News updated with opening times for helplines between 1 and 6 April

  7. Latest News and elements of the scheme sections updated to show applications are now open for CS

  8. The Latest news and woodland support sections have been updated to explain the Woodland Creation and Maintenance grant opens on 9 Febraury 2021.

  9. Added link to the Countryside Stewardship forms page

  10. Information on the Woodland management plan grant has been updated - you can now apply for this grant.

  11. New details for Woodland Management Plan grants added covering domestic regulations for agreements with a start date after 1 January 2021.

  12. New manual added covering domestic regulations for agreements with a start date after 1 January 2021.

  13. 'Countryside Stewardship: How to apply' page and links updated to reflect scheme deadlines that have passed.

  14. Information for agreements with a start date from 1 January 2021 (domestic regulations) added.

  15. Woodland grant section updated with information about the grants moving from EU funding to domestic funding from 8 July.

  16. Added Information on Farm Advice for farmers and land managers under Mid Tier

  17. Transition of page from collection page to How to apply for CS, and information updated for applications made in 2020.

  18. Updates to 'Add land by email' section: subject title in email to state: 'CS 2020 add land'; deadline to receive emails is 4 May 2020, further dates have been removed.

  19. You can now transfer land parcels and BPS entitlements for 2020 until 15 May, using the Rural Payments service. You can also now add land by email.

  20. Countryside Stewardship query form added

  21. Update to Latest news section to include text and link to the new RPA remittance advice guidance page.

  22. Deadline for submission of PA2 and HE2 applications now 30 March 2020 wording added to Historic buildings restoration grant section.

  23. Added the 'Minor and temporary adjustment (MTA) form: Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship' to the Forms section.

  24. Revised Woodland creation grant: Countryside Stewardship page

  25. Facilitation Fund is open for applications

  26. 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.

  27. Latest news: Change to the way customers contact us about Countryside Stewardship

  28. Text updated due to deadline for CS revenue claims.

  29. Rural Payments service ‘Land use’ screens removed from latest news as the screens are available to customers.

  30. 5 June 2019 - Land use screens in the Rural Payments service are not working.

  31. 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.

  32. Updates to information following 15 May deadline.

  33. 'Add land by email' deadline for requests extended to 31 May.

  34. Added Mid Tier: Farm Advice Framework (FAF) events to Mid Tier section

  35. Information published about Drop-in centres.

  36. Updated Latest news with detail that you can now submit a revenue claim.

  37. Added detail to Latest news about 'How to request MT application pack'

  38. Land-use codes for 2019 published.

  39. We've added information about our latest digital land map checks.

  40. Update page to include information about 'Add land by email'.

  41. Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier, Higher Tier, and Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant opened on 18 February 2019.

  42. Countryside Stewardship opened for applications on 18 Feb

  43. Use the Rural Payments service to edit land use.

  44. Updated Latest News

  45. Land and entitlement transfers available for 2019

  46. Link to guidance for those finding it difficult to meet scheme requirements due to hot and dry weather conditions.

  47. Deadline for first stage of historic buildings restoration grant application process passed.

  48. Mid Tier application deadline extended to 31 August 2018.

  49. Higher tier closed for applications.

  50. Added details of the 3 offices where applications and supporting information should be sent.

  51. Mid Tier (including the 4 new Offers for Wildlife), Higher Tier and the hedgerows and boundaries grant open for 2018 applications.

  52. Updated woodland support section with woodland creation fund 2018 information.

  53. Mapping updates section added.

  54. Event timetable for Mid Tier applications 2017 published.

  55. Mid Tier and Higher Tier open for 2017 applications.

  56. Information about the 2017 hedgerows and boundaries grant added.

  57. Information about the woodland management plan grant for 2017 added.

  58. Information about the woodland creation grant for 2017 added.

  59. Mid Tier has now closed for new applications in 2016.

  60. Added payment timings to agreement holders section.

  61. Updated page to show that the Higher Tier application period has ended for those with agri-environment options.

  62. Mid Tier and Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship applications open for 2016.

  63. Facilitation fund opens for second round of applications 18 January 2016.

  64. First published.