Guidance: Higher Tier manual: Countryside Stewardship

Forestry Commission

July 10
23:15 2020


Applications for Higher Tier closed on 1 May 2020.

Use the manual to understand:

  • the payments you could receive and how this scheme benefits the environment
  • eligibility requirements
  • the rules and conditions

Use Countryside Stewardship grants:

  • to understand the rules for the options, supplements and capital items
  • for advice on how to carry them out.

Use the conversion guidance if:

  • youre in the final year of an Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreement and want to put the land into a Higher Tier agreement
  • theres a risk of environmental decline to a site caused by loss of management between the end of your ES agreement and the start of a Higher Tier agreement.

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Overlap of Countryside Stewardship (CS) options with Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) in 2020

You can no longer overlap the following CS options with EFAs declared on your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 application:

This is to avoid funding the same activity on the same land parcel under both CS and BPS, known as double funding. You can c

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