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Countryside Stewardship provides incentives for land managers to look after their environment.
From 2015 it will be open to all eligible farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers. This is a printable version of the Countryside Stewardship guidance.
what current holders of agreements under previous schemes can apply for
timings for applications in 2015
Full scheme guidance is being developed and will be published as soon as possible.
Unlike previous schemes most elements of Countryside Stewardship are competitive, which means that not everyone who applies will be successful. Targeting and scoring will encourage applicants to choose options that help achieve the environmental priorities that are important in their local area.