Countryside Stewardship: an overview

Read about the different elements of Countryside Stewardship that provide funding to farmers, foresters and land managers to look after and improve the environment


Countryside Stewardship: an overview


Applications for Higher Tier, Mid Tier, Wildlife Offers, and Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant opened on 11 February 2020.

Use the ‘overview’ guide to understand:

  • the different elements of CS and their benefits
  • which element may be right for you
  • the main dates for applying for the different elements of the scheme

Use the table ‘Helping you make the right choice’ to compare details about the different elements.

Find out more information

Read more information about the individual schemes.

Rural Payments Agency

(Countryside Stewardship)
PO Box 324
S95 1DF

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

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Published 18 February 2019
Last updated 20 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Overview leaflet updated for 2020 applications.

  2. First published.