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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How to complete the application form

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Details

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

The deadline for requesting an application pack was 31 May 2018. If you have not requested a pack, you will not be able to apply this year.

The deadline 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

Use the ‘how to complete the application form’ guidance to help fill in the form you receive in the Mid Tier application pack.

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

How to apply: steps to take

  1. Check the information about your land parcels is up to date.
  2. See the statements of priorities to help choose which options to include.
  3. Use the calculators to help build a wild pollinator and farm wildlife package.
  4. Get help with your application by attending an event in your area.
  5. Complete and send your application to the Natural England office for your county by 31 July 2018.

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

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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 1 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Deadline to request an application pack has passed. Removed form for requesting a pack.
  2. New shorter version of application pack request form.
  3. 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.
  4. Section on 'Overlap of certain CS options with Ecological Focus Areas in 2019' added.
  5. How to complete the application form guidance added.
  6. Mid Tier manual amended. The 3 changes are listed in revisions table on page 2.
  7. Application pack request form added.
  8. Mid Tier manual 2018 published with links to Offers for Wildlife.
  9. Quick guide to making an application added.
  10. New versions of manual and options document for 2017 application round.
  11. Mid Tier has closed for new applications in 2016.
  12. Added addendum document about 'dual use' with the Basic Payment Scheme.
  13. Replaced Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items document. Minor change to text.
  14. Replaced the initial version of the Mid Tier options, supplement and items PDF with revised version.
  15. Added Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items document.
  16. First published.