These documents apply to the 2018 application round for Countryside Stewardship (CS).
Higher Tier closed for applications on 13 April 2018.
Use the manual to understand:
- the payments you could receive and how this scheme benefits the environment
- eligibility requirements
- how to apply
- the rules and conditions
Use Higher Tier and Mid Tier guidance on options, supplements and capital items:
- to understand the rules for each option, supplement and capital item
- for advice on carrying out options, supplements and capital items
Use the conversion guidance if:
- you’re in the final year of an Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreement and want to put the land into a Higher Tier agreement
- there’s a risk of to a site caused by loss of management between the end of your ES agreement and the start of a Higher Tier agreement
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Overlap of CS options with Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) in 2019
You can no longer overlap the following CS options with EFAs declared on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 application:
This is to avoid funding the same activity on the same land parcel under both CS and BPS, known as ‘double funding’. You can continue to place CS options and EFAs in the same land parcel but they cannot overlap.
In 2018, your Ecological Focus Area (EFA) cover crops must be established by 1 October 2018 and retained until at least 15 January 2019. Natural England will not consider the retention of the EFA cover crops as an overlap with 1 January 2019 CS agreements. This assumes you’ll move the cover crops to a different location in 2019.
Hedges can be used for EFA and for Entry Level Stewardship, Higher Level Stewardship and CS options without payment deductions.
Find out more about CS funding