Guidance

Higher Tier manual for 1 January 2017 agreements: Countryside Stewardship

Scheme rules for holders of agreements that started on 1 January 2017.

Documents

Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier manual 2016

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Higher Tier manual addendum: amended guidance for applications which include land where Basic Payment Scheme funding is claimed by someone else (‘dual use’)

Higher Tier options, supplements and capital items 2016

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Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items 2016

Higher Tier conversion guidance 2016

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Livestock record-keeping guidance on arable and grassland

Details

Use the manual and addendum to understand the rules and conditions that apply to Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements.

Use the options, supplements and capital items documents:

  • to understand the rules for each option, supplement and capital item
  • for advice on carrying out options, supplements and capital items

Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items which can be included as part of a Higher Tier application.

Use the terms and conditions document to understand the rules of the scheme.

Use the conversion guidance document to know how to convert land in year nine (of a ten year) Higher Level Stewardship to Higher Tier.

Use the record keeping document to understand what evidence you need to keep to show you’re meeting scheme requirements.

Use the Countryside Stewardship forms to support your agreement.

The manual has been designed with portrait and landscape pages. To make sure these print correctly, select ‘auto rotate’ in your printer settings before you print.

New deadline for CS revenue claims

Your claim must now be received by Natural England by the 15 June 2018. You should shortly receive a letter from Natural England confirming the new deadline.

You can submit a claim after 15 June 2018 but Natural England will apply a 1% penalty for each day the claim is late. The latest date Natural England can receive your claim is 10 July 2018.

Overlap of CS options with Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs)

In 2018, you can overlap the following CS options with EFAs declared on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 application:

Your CS options that share land with BPS claims (known as ‘double funding’) will receive a reduced payment rate as stated in the manual. You can include hedges in both CS options and EFAs without payment deductions.

From 1 January 2019, you will not be able to overlap the 19 CS ‘double funding’ options with EFAs declared for BPS. You can place CS options and EFAs in the same land parcel but they cannot overlap.

Contact

Contact Natural England for help with your agreement.

Enquiries

Natural England
County Hall, Spetchley Road
Worcester
WR5 2NP

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Published 10 March 2017
Last updated 17 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Section on 'Overlap of certain CS options with Ecological Focus Areas' added.
  2. Deadline for annual revenue claims extended to 15 June 2018.
  3. Amendments to manual.
  4. First published.