Guidance

Mid Tier: Countryside Stewardship

Funding and eligibility information for Mid Tier applicants for 2019 applications.

Documents

Details

Applications for Mid Tier opened on 18 February 2019 and close on 31 July 2019.

Use the manual to understand:

  • the payments you could receive and how this scheme benefits the environment
  • eligibility requirements
  • the rules and conditions that apply to Mid Tier and the 4 Wildlife Offers

Use the CS grant finder:

  • to understand the rules for each of them
  • for advice on how to carry them out

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How to apply

You can now request an application pack using the Rural Payments service. Fill in your application and then email it back to us.

For more information read ‘How to request a Mid Tier application pack online’ above.

If you cannot get online, call us before 31 May and we will help you. If you request a paper application pack, these will be sent out from 4 March. The deadline to request an application pack is 31 May 2019.

Overlap of Countryside Stewardship (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 2019, your Ecological Focus Area (EFA) cover crops must be established by 1 October 2019 and retained until at least 15 January 2020. RPA will not consider the retention of the EFA cover crops as an overlap with 1 January 2020 CS agreements. This assumes you’ll move the cover crops to a different location in 2020.

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

See Countryside Stewardship for details of other funding.

Contact

Contact the Rural Payments Agency if you have any queries:

Rural Payments Agency

(Countryside Stewardship)
PO Box 324
Worksop
S95 1DF

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

Find out about call charges at www.gov.uk/call-charges

Published 14 March 2016
Last updated 12 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added 'How to request a Mid Tier application pack online' guide.
  2. Countryside Stewardship is now open for applications for 2020 agreements
  3. New Countryside Stewardship opened for applications on 18 February
  4. Mid Tier is closed for applications.
  5. Added link to evidence checking tool to 'How to apply'.
  6. Updated 'How to complete the application form' guide (PDF).
  7. Options, supplements and capital items PDF updated. Options AB1, AB3, AB4, AB5, AB6, AB8, AB9, AB11, AB15, AB16, HS2, OP2, SW1, SW3, SW4, SW6, WD3 and WT2 cannot be used on land already receiving funding for Ecological Focus Areas declared for Basic Payment Scheme. Link to stocking calendar added to UP2. List of permitted active ingredients added to AB7, AB10 and AB14.
  8. Application deadline extended to 31 August 2018.
  9. Deadline to request an application pack has passed. Removed form for requesting a pack.
  10. New shorter version of application pack request form.
  11. Text added to clarify that the application request pack form on this page only applies to Mid Tier applications. There is a different application pack request form for the 4 Wildlife Offers.
  12. Section on 'Overlap of certain CS options with Ecological Focus Areas in 2019' added.
  13. How to complete the application form guidance added.
  14. Mid Tier manual amended. The 3 changes are listed in revisions table on page 2.
  15. Application pack request form added.
  16. Mid Tier manual 2018 published with links to Offers for Wildlife.
  17. Quick guide to making an application added.
  18. New versions of manual and options document for 2017 application round.
  19. Mid Tier has closed for new applications in 2016.
  20. Added addendum document about 'dual use' with the Basic Payment Scheme.
  21. Replaced Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items document. Minor change to text.
  22. Replaced the initial version of the Mid Tier options, supplement and items PDF with revised version.
  23. Added Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items document.
  24. First published.