Guidance

Arable Offer: Countryside Stewardship

Funding for arable farmers to support wildlife: the benefits, how to apply and what you can choose to include in your application.

Documents

Arable Offer: Option descriptions and prescriptions guidance

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How to apply for the online Arable Offer

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How to complete the application form

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Mid Tier and new Countryside Stewardship Offers for Wildlife manual

Details

The application deadline has been extended from 31 July to 31 August 2018. If you did not request an application pack by 31 May 2018, you will not be able to apply this year.

Use the ‘what you need to know’ guide to :

  • understand the payments you could receive and the benefits to wildlife
  • decide if you’re eligible
  • understand the options and how to meet the requirements
  • understand how to apply and the deadline for applications

Use the ‘option descriptions and prescriptions’ document or Countryside Stewardship grant finder to:

  • understand the rules for each option
  • choose the options you want to include in your application
  • understand how to carry out each option successfully

Use the ‘how to apply’ document to help you make an online application.

Use the ‘how to complete the application form’ guidance to help fill in the application form you receive in the application pack.

You can also apply online through the Rural Payments service, except when your Single Business Identifier (SBI) has over 100 land parcels.

Use the manual to understand the requirements, rules and conditions that apply to an agreement. Annex 8 includes the 4 Wildlife Offers.

Find out about the other Offers

For guidance on the other Offers, see:

Published 15 January 2018
Last updated 8 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to evidence checking tool to 'What you need to know' document, in 4: How to apply.
  2. Option and supplement descriptions PDF updated to show options AB1, AB4, AB5, AB6, AB8, AB9, AB11, SW1 and WT2 cannot be used on land already receiving funding for Ecological Focus Areas declared for Basic Payment Scheme.
  3. Application deadline extended to 31 August 2018.
  4. Deadline to request an application pack has passed. Removed the application pack request form.
  5. New shorter version of application pack request form.
  6. How to complete the application form guidance added.
  7. Guidance on how to apply online added.
  8. Application pack request form added. Section 5 ( 'Get an application pack') in the 'What you need to know guide' has also changed to refer to this form.
  9. First published.