2. Funding and cross compliance
You can apply for funding to protect rural landscapes and features through:
the Single Payment Scheme - main EU agricultural subsidy scheme supporting environmentally-friendly farming practices
the English Woodland Grant Scheme - supports existing woodlands and encourages the creation of new ones
Environmental Stewardship - offers financial rewards for good land management which improves the quality of the environment
Read a Natural England guide to looking after your land with environmental stewardship.
To get funding from EU and UK rural development schemes you need to meet standards set down in cross compliance.
To qualify for funding, farmers must meet:
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has detailed information on what you must do to meet cross compliance requirements.
Defra cross compliance helpline
Telephone: 0345 345 1302
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