How HS2 affects payments for stewardship scheme agreements

Farmers and land managers need to take action to avoid repaying grants for Environmental Stewardship (ES) or Countryside Stewardship (CS).

Applies to England



Use the guidance to find out what you need to do if Phase One of HS2 affects land in your ES or CS agreement. Check if you’re eligible to claim for force majeure to avoid having to pay back the grant you’ve received on affected land.

Use the form to apply for consideration of force majeure.

Published 3 August 2017
Last updated 28 July 2023 + show all updates
  1. ES contact address updated.

  2. Updated the length of time to submit Force Majeure from 15 working days to 8 weeks.

  3. Updated contact details on page and force majeure form

  4. Guidance document now HTML instead of PDF. Change of name for land takeover notices that agreement holders receive. Revised contact details.

  5. First published.