Basic Payment Scheme 2018

The RPA have confirmed that the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme window will open on 13th March.  This is two weeks later than in 2017, thereby shortening the application window.  You are probably aware that the RPA have been doing a huge amount of remapping, some of which will have to be corrected before the application […]

Countryside Stewardship: Four New Offers for 2018

There are now four new Countryside Stewardship grants available to farmers and landowners.  These schemes are simpler and easier to apply for than the full Countryside Stewardship Schemes.  The four new offers (Online Arable Offer, Lowland Grazing Offer, Upland Offer and Mixed Farming Offer) are each more tailored to the different types of farming systems.  […]

Permanent Pasture and the BPS Rules

For Basic Payment Scheme purposes, permanent grassland may (in general) be reseeded or ploughed.  Any individual farmer may plough up ‘permanent pasture’, as the restrictions regarding this apply to the UK as a whole.  The Government is required to ensure that the area of Permanent Grassland does not fall below 95% of the reference area […]

Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship Update

2016 Applications (2017 Scheme Year Start) – There are quite a few applications to be approved yet, but most haven’t been rejected.  Natural England (NE) has been requesting additional information.  On one application for over a £100k capital grants, NE have asked the applicant to proceed with planning permission, indicating that they will approve subject […]