Agreement holders’ information: Countryside Stewardship

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

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


Natural England splits payments for multi-year grants. You’ll get:

  • 75% of your annual grant as an advance payment
  • the remaining 25% as a final payment, subject to any penalties or reductions

2017 payments

Natural England is continuing to make CS payments for the 2017 agreement year. The majority of agreement holders have received at least 75% of their annual payment.

Digital maps

Changes the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) makes to digital maps may affect your agreement. When RPA make a change, you’ll receive a notification in the Rural Payments service. Check your digital map and land parcel information is correct.

Revenue claims

The deadline for Natural England to receive late revenue claims and amendments was 10 July 2018. Natural England will not accept any further revenue claims in 2018.


Find the form you need in the CS forms collection.


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


Natural England
County Hall, Spetchley Road

Opening times: 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Find out about call charges at

Guidance for all elements of CS

Mid Tier (including water capital items) and Offers for Wildlife

Higher Tier

Hedgerows and boundaries capital grant

Woodland creation and woodland capital grants

Woodland management plan grant

Woodland tree heath grant


Published 7 December 2016
Last updated 1 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link to guidance for those finding it difficult to meet scheme requirements due to hot and dry weather conditions.
  2. Passed 10 July deadline for late revenue claims and amendments.
  3. Links to guidance on how changes to digital maps in Rural Payments service may affect agreements, and form for minor and temporary adjustment (MTA).
  4. Deadline for late revenue claims is 10 July 2018.
  5. Deadline for revenue claims extended to 15 June 2018.
  6. Added details of which office to send paper-based claims to, depending on county.
  7. Added a section on changes to the payment split for multi-year grants.
  8. Mapping updates section added.
  9. Guidance for agreement holders affected by HS2.
  10. Deadline for submitting Countryside Stewardship claims for 1 January 2017 agreements (only) extended to 15 June 2017.
  11. Added links to Mid Tier and Higher Tier manuals for 1 January 2017 agreements.
  12. Added 2016 hedgerows and boundaries grant manual.
  13. First published.