Guidance

Mid Tier manual for 1 January 2017 agreements: Countryside Stewardship

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

Documents

Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier (including water quality capital items) manual 2016

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

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Mid Tier options, supplements and capital items 2016

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Livestock record-keeping guidance on arable and grassland

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Details

Use the manual to understand the rules and conditions that apply to Mid Tier (including water quality capital items) agreements.

Use the options, supplements and capital items document:

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

Use the Countryside Stewardship (CS) 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.

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. You can find the rate in the page for each listed option, under ‘How much will be paid’, and in the manual (section 3.3.1).

From 1 January 2019, you will not be able to overlap the 18 CS ‘double funding’ options with EFAs declared for BPS. You can however place the options and EFAs in the same land parcel but they cannot overlap.

You can include hedges in both CS options and EFAs without payment deductions.

Revenue claims

The deadline for Natural England to receive late revenue claims and amendments was 10 July 2018. Natural England will not accept any further revenue claims in 2018.

Contact

Contact Natural England if you have any queries:

Enquiries

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Published 10 March 2017
Last updated 11 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Passed 10 July deadline for late revenue claims and amendments.
  2. Deadline for late revenue claims is 10 July 2018.
  3. Section on 'Overlap of certain CS options with Ecological Focus Areas' added.
  4. Deadline for annual revenue claims extended to 15 June 2018.
  5. Amendments to manual and livestock record-keeping guidance on arable and grassland.
  6. First published.