CAP Reform: introducing Countryside Stewardship

An overview of Countryside Stewardship, the new environmental land management scheme.

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This document has been superseded by later information.

See Countryside Stewardship: get paid for environmental land management.



This document has now been superseded by CAP Reform: December 2014 update’ and has now been archived.

This leaflet introduces Countryside Stewardship, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) environmental land management scheme. It gives an overview of how Countryside Stewardship works, including important information about:

  • the 3 main elements (Higher Tier, Mid Tier and a range of capital grants)
  • when agreements and payments will start
  • what funding will be available in 2015

Alongside this, we’ve published the proposed payment rates for Countryside Stewardship. These are the payment rates for both land management options and capital items.

Further information will be published on GOV.UK at as schemes are finalised.

Published 25 November 2014
Last updated 19 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Archived - superseded by CAP Reform December 2014 update

  2. First published.