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Deadline approaching for Countryside Stewardship hedgerow grant

Farmers and land owners wanting to apply for a Hedges and Boundaries Capital Grant have until April 30 to get their documents in.



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Applications for the hedgerows and boundaries grant scheme close at the end of this month.

 

Farmers and landowners have until April 30 to send their documents in in order to check their eligibility.

 

Eligibility

 

The hedgerows and boundaries grant is a standalone capital grant under Countryside Stewardship and those eligible can apply to help provide environmental and landscape benefits on their land.

 

The maximum grant available for each farm business is worth up to a maximum £5,000 and gives applicants the opportunity to carry out capital works to hedgerows, stone walls, stone-faced banks and earth banks.

 

Ben Compton from Burton Knowles has advised those considering to apply to be aware of the various criteria in place for all applications to ensure they do not waste time filling in the forms and documents only to find they do not qualify.

 

Completion

 

He said: "This is a good scheme that will help the farmer or landowner obtain funding for both establishing and maintaining natural boundaries.

 

"Successful applicants then have two years to complete the capital works that they have applied to do and the work can be completed and claimed early if the work is completed ahead of schedule.”

 

Successful applicants will be notified in July 2016, in time for the planting season and any work carried out has to be looked after for five years from the start date of the agreement.

 


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