Countryside Stewardship (CS) is a voluntary and competitive scheme under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) that will be more targeted and focused than previous agri-environment schemes. It will be open to all eligible farmers, foresters and land managers. It will replace Environmental Stewardship, the English Woodland Grant Scheme and capital grants from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme.
Farmers and land managers can start applying for CS from July 2015. Agreements and payments will begin in 2016. Applications for 2015 will now be paper based.
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