Ref: Version 3: Updated from Version 1 to clarify the final bullet point in the 'What ‘using’ a common means' box on page 2. Updated to version 3 to cover commons in the New Forest (a paper copy of this extra information has been sent to affected customers). PDF, 1.13MB, 14 pages
Read this guidance to make sure you meet the scheme rules for 2015. It contains information on:
who can claim
what you need before you can claim (eligible land and entitlements)
what you need to do on your land
Spring and Winter Brassicas
Winter and spring varieties of brassicas count as separate ‘crops’ under the BPS ‘Crop Diversification’ rule. The list of winter brassicas shows which brassicas count as winter varieties for crop diversification. Any other brassica species will count as spring varieties.
Claiming common land
The way RPA treats common land has changed and the guidance on this page explains how to claim for common land under BPS (including in the New Forest).
This change could also affect people who claimed on common land under the old Single Payment Scheme. RPA have published an update to explain more about this policy change.