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Nidderdale Hay Making (c) Paul Harris

Agri-environment scheme information

We have collated the following sources of information for farmers and land managers who want out to know more about agri-environment schemes.

We will add more information as it becomes available, so check back regularly (content updated Jan 2021).

The Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELM)

The new Environmental Land Management Scheme is being designed as we speak, with pilots taking place from 2021 onwards. A summary of the basic principles of ELM is available here. As ELM won’t be rolled out until 2024, it’s important farmers and land managers look at other agri-environment schemes to keep income coming in as the current Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is reduced.

There are links to more information further down this page.


The Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP)

We are currently in the changeover between BPS and ELM, which involves the gradual reduction of BPS payments in the lead up to, and early stages of, ELM. This period will run from 2021 to 2028. The government has released its ATP, which gives more information on what will happen during this period.

The government’s ATP press release is here.

There is a leaflet for farmers and land managers here that contains information on what will happen during the ATP, how BPS is being reduced, and options for other sources of funding.

If you would like more detailed information on the ATP it’s available here


The Countryside Stewardship Scheme

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme is being updated and the packages for the next year will be released in February 2021. We will add more information as it becomes available, but in the meantime there will be some specific changes. Additional penalties for non-compliance will be removed: you still may not receive the agreed payment if work isn’t carried out, but additional penalties on top of this have been removed. There will be new offers for a range of environments, in particular for uplands. The intention is to make the scheme less complicated to apply for and report on.

Check back for further information as it becomes available.

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