Countryside Stewardship: information for agreement holders

Use these documents to meet the requirements for a Countryside Stewardship agreement.

New applicants should see the main Countryside Stewardship page for current guidance.

Use the relevant forms to support your agreement.

Environmental Stewardship and Countryside Stewardship final payments were expected to be issued by the end of June 2017. Payments are still underway and we will keep customers updated on progress.

This is the first round of Countryside Stewardship payments under the new scheme and we will be looking at any improvements for future delivery.

Changes to the payment split for multi-year grants

You’ll now get 75% of your annual grant as an advance payment. You’ll get the remaining 25% as a final payment (subject to any penalties or reductions). The change is effective immediately and includes your 2017 agreement payments.

You don’t need to do anything, Natural England will adjust your payments for you. There are no changes to how and when you make a claim.


Contact Natural England if you have any queries about Countryside Stewardship (including woodland options and grants):

Countryside Stewardship Delivery Services

Natural England
County Hall, Spetchley Road

Online claims

Mid Tier and water quality capital grants

Higher Tier

Hedgerows and boundaries capital grant

Woodland creation and woodland capital grants

HS2 guidance

Published 7 December 2016
Last updated 19 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added a section on changes to the payment split for multi-year grants.
  2. Mapping updates section added.
  3. Guidance for agreement holders affected by HS2.
  4. Deadline for submitting Countryside Stewardship claims for 1 January 2017 agreements (only) extended to 15 June 2017.
  5. Added links to Mid Tier and Higher Tier manuals for 1 January 2017 agreements.
  6. Added 2016 hedgerows and boundaries grant manual.
  7. First published.