Guidance

Mid 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

Mid Tier and new CS Offers for Wildlife manual 2018

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Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items

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Mid Tier application pack request form

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Details

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

The deadline:

  • to request an application pack is 31 May 2018
  • for applications is 31 July 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 that apply to Mid Tier and the 4 new Offers for Wildlife

Use the options, supplements and capital items document:

  • 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

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 31 May 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. Use the calculators to help build a wild pollinator and farm wildlife package.
  5. See the sample application pack to understand the information you’ll need.
  6. Get help with your application by attending an event in your area.

Find out more about CS funding

See:

Watch the Mid Tier videos on Natural England’s YouTube channel.

Contact

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

Countryside Stewardship Delivery Services

Natural England
PO Box 530
Worcester
WR5 2WZ

Published 14 March 2016
Last updated 28 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Mid Tier manual amended. The 3 changes are listed in revisions table on page 2.
  2. Application pack request form added.
  3. Mid Tier manual 2018 published with links to Offers for Wildlife.
  4. Quick guide to making an application added.
  5. New versions of manual and options document for 2017 application round.
  6. Mid Tier has closed for new applications in 2016.
  7. Added addendum document about 'dual use' with the Basic Payment Scheme.
  8. Replaced Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items document. Minor change to text.
  9. Replaced the initial version of the Mid Tier options, supplement and items PDF with revised version.
  10. Added Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items document.
  11. First published.