The final agreements are in for our 2020 Countryside Stewardship applications, and we are delighted to have secured £700,000 for our clients! This equates to an average of £45,000 per farm, and with BPS disappearing in the coming years this really is money that cant be ignored.
The applications ranged from full 5 year Stewardship agreements across the entire farm, one of which is worth £64,000 to one farm, to smaller Water Capital Grants for items such as roofing over a muck store, or fencing individual fields.
I am a great believer that a Stewardship Scheme needs to fit alongside your farming operations, rather than stand in the way of it. Very often you can be paid for farming practices you are already carrying out, and in those cases it really is money for nothing - an opportunity we cannot miss!
Our application list for 2021 is already twice the size of last year's, so if you are interested in discussing options for your farm, please get in touch with me as soon as possible as the deadlines will be upon us before we know it!
Dont forget your BPS will be reduced this year. You can get an idea of the reduction you will see by using our calculator which you can find here This calculator will soon be extended to cover the reductions you will see in future years.