On 1st February the Countryside Stewardship Hedgerow and Boundaries Capital Grant opened for applications.
The grant offers up to £5,000 with a minimum of £1,000, for farmers who want to restore boundary features such as hedges and stone walls, to protect their local wildlife or landscape.
Capital grants available to farmers are as follows:
The application deadline is 28th April 2017 with applicants receiving a decision in July 2017. Grant claims must be in by 31st December 2018.
This scheme is very competitive with applications being scored against each other. Schemes are more likely to be accepted if the applicant is a smaller holding, they have had previous ELS/EWGS on the land or have applied for at least £1,000 worth of grants.
If you would like further information in relation to this grant please contact our Forestry Team on 01536 408840.