Guidance

Higher Tier: Countryside Stewardship

Funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to protect and support the environment: how to apply, eligibility and the scheme’s rules.

Documents

Higher Tier manual 2018

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Higher Tier options, supplements and capital items

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Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items (can also be included in a Higher Tier application)

Higher Tier conversion guidance

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Higher Tier application pack request form

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Details

These documents apply to the 2018 application round for Countryside Stewardship (CS).

The deadline for applications is 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 choose what to include in your application
  • 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

The manual has portrait and landscape pages. Before printing, select ‘auto rotate’ in your printer settings.

Prepare to apply: steps to take

  1. Use the form to request an application pack by 9 March 2018.
  2. Check the information about your land parcels is up to date.
  3. See the statements of priorities to help choose which options to include.
  4. Refer to the common land and shared grazing supplement, if applicable.
  5. See the sample application pack to understand the information you’ll need.

Find out more about CS funding

See:

Contact

Contact Natural England if you have queries or difficulty using the form:

Countryside Stewardship Delivery Services

Natural England
County Hall, Spetchley Road
Worcester
WR5 2NP

Published 14 March 2016
Last updated 15 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Application pack request form added.
  2. Higher Tier manual 2018 published with links to Offers for Wildlife.
  3. Quick guide to application process added.
  4. New versions of manual, options document and conversion guidance for 2017 application round.
  5. Added manual addendum about 'dual use' with the Basic Payment Scheme.
  6. Replaced Higher Tier options, supplements and items document. Minor change to text.
  7. Replaced the initial version of the Higher Tier options, supplements and capital items PDF with revised version.
  8. Added document for Higher Tier options, supplements and capital items.
  9. First published.