News / Projects

Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant 2017

Published on

Author:

The 2017 Countryside Stewardship Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant Scheme is now open for applications and the scheme is more accessible than it was last year.

Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant 2017

The Natural England scheme will provide capital grants of up to £5000 to plant and restore hedgerows, for earth and stone bank restoration, and to restore, repair and maintain stone walls.

For 2017 land managers with an existing ELS or EWGS agreement are eligible to apply for the grant as long as the works do not form part of another agreement. Also, in another change to eligibility, existing agreement holders with Countryside Stewardship, UELS or HLS can apply for the grant as long as the land parcel included in the application is not in an existing agreement.

The application process is straight forward, applications must be submitted by 28th April 2017 and can be submitted by post, email and also online (www.gov.uk/claim-rural-payments). The website includes guidance on how to complete the application. All work has to be carried out within 2 years of the agreement start date. All work must be completed and claimed for by 31st December 2018.

The scheme is competitive, you are more likely to be successful if:

  • there is lots of work to be done – applications for over £1000 show that there are plenty of boundaries to work on;
  • it is a smaller farm using the maximum money, rewarding the intense work required for smaller farms;
  • you have previously been a part of a multi-annual Rural Development scheme before (e.g. the English Woodland Grant Scheme or the Entry Level Stewardship);
  • you have specific hedgerow or wall items in mind – hedge-laying and stone wall restoration receive bonus scores;
  • you are a member of a Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Funded group.

Worried about how Brexit will impact your application? Successful applicants will be guaranteed funding after the UK leaves the EU if the schemes were signed before this departure, as long as they are deemed good value for money, and they are in line with domestic strategic policies.

Application forms are available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/countryside-stewardship-capital-grant-application-form

More than £5000 worth of work needed? Consider incorporating the work into a Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme, which is expected to open shortly.

For more information on the Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant or Countryside Stewardship in general please contact Fiona Tweedie, Agri-environment Consultant on 0113 390 0012.

Number of views (811)

Share this article:

Events

«February 2017»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
303112345
67
07/02/2017 10:30 - 14:30
8
08/02/2017 10:30 - 14:30

Feed Planning and Nutrition Management

The New Inn, Whimple Road, Exeter Wednesday 8th February 2017, 10.30 am to 2.30 pm (Lunch...
Read more
9101112
131415
15/02/2017 10:30 - 14:30

Join Catchment Sensitive Farming for a FREE workshop Out Wintering Livestock

Radnor Arms, Nunton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4HY Wednesday 15th February 2017, 10.30am...
Read more
16
16/02/2017 13:00 - 16:00

Catchment Sensitive Farming invites you to a FREE workshop on: Silage Storage and Management

Morpeth Golf Club, Northumberland Thursday 16th February 2017 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Read more
171819
202122
22/02/2017 10:00 - 13:00

Catchment Sensitive Farming invites you to a FREE workshop on Bio-bed & Pesticide Handling

South Kelsey Village Hall, Market Rasen Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 10.00 am...
Read more
23
23/02/2017 09:45 - 12:30

Successful Soil Management – Getting Wise with Tillage Operations

Ripon Farm Services Ltd, The Coach House, Phoenix Business Centre, Ripon, HG4...
Read more
24
24/02/2017 10:00 - 13:00

Successful Soil Management – Getting Wise with Tillage Operations

Russell’s (Kirbymoorside) Ltd, Eden Works, Old Malton, YO17 6RD Friday 24th February...
Read more
2526
27
27/02/2017 10:00 - 13:00

Successful Soil Management – Getting Wise with Tillage Operations

Robert D Webster Ltd (Kilham Depot) Clackna Farm, East Street, Kilham, Driffield, YO25...
Read more
28123
03/03/2017 09:45 - 12:30

FREE Catchment Sensitive Farming 2017 Farmer Update Workshops

Ensure you and your business are up to date with essential environmental requirements and learn...
Read more
45
67
07/03/2017 09:45 - 12:30

FREE Catchment Sensitive Farming 2017 Farmer Update Workshops

Ensure you and your business are up to date with essential environmental requirements and learn...
Read more
89
09/03/2017 09:45 - 12:30

FREE Catchment Sensitive Farming 2017 Farmer Update Workshops

Ensure you and your business are up to date with essential environmental requirements and learn...
Read more
101112
Skip to Main Content Skip to Search