Policy paper

Environmental Land Management update: how government will pay for land-based environment and climate goods and services

How farmers and land managers will be paid to deliver important outcomes for the climate and environment, alongside food production.

Applies to England



This policy paper sets out how government will pay farmers and land managers to protect and improve the environment alongside food production, and how Environmental Land Management schemes will be delivered.

This includes information on:

  • the full range of actions we will pay for through the Sustainable Farming Incentive and Countryside Stewardship
  • when we plan for each action to be available through the schemes
  • the payment rates for the actions

It also includes more detailed information and payment rates for the new actions that will be available in the Sustainable Farming Incentive in 2023.

Published 26 January 2023
Last updated 15 February 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added an accessible PDF version of the Environmental Land Management update.

  2. Annex - under 'Boundaries' table, amended 'per m’ to ‘per 100m’ due to typo in: - Maintain drystone walls in good condition - Maintain stone-faced hedgebanks in good condition - Maintain earth banks in good condition

  3. First published.