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Hedgerows and boundaries maintained thanks to new grant scheme

Up to £5,000 is available for hedge, wall and boundary restoration under a new grant programme launched by Natural England.


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The grant, which is part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, is open for applications between February 1 and April 30, 2016.

 

Farmers can apply for a one-off grant of up to £5,000 towards the restoration of hedgerows, dry stone walls, stone-faced banks or earth banks.

 

David Morley, from H&H Land and Property chartered surveyors, said: "The grant will favour smaller farms that have been in a Stewardship scheme before.

 

"There is a limited pot of money available, and only the highest scoring applications will be successful, so if you are considering the scheme, you should make as strong as application as possible."

 

Grant offers will be made to successful applicants in June 2016 and, if accepted, the agreement will start on July 1, 2016.

 

Mr Morley added: "Like the rest of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, the application process is competitive.

 

"Applications score more highly if the business has been a previous Environmental Stewardship agreement or a Woodland Scheme.

 

"Smaller holdings are more likely to be favoured, and restoring hedges or walls, are preferred to stone-faced or earth banks.

 

"More points are awarded if the application is for over £1000, and also if the holding is linked to a group receiving Facilitation Fund payments.”

 

Grants are NOT available to any business that is in an Environmental Stewardship (ELS or HLS) or a Mid Tier or Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship agreement on 1st July 2016, but it is expected the grant will be available each year with a February to April application window.

 

Farmers can apply for grants every year but businesses that have not previously received a grant will be given priority.

 


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