CLA63 - A guide to agri-environment schemes in EnglandAgri-environment schemes have been in operation in England for more than 20 years. They have provided an important income stream for farmers and land managers seeking to address wildlife, soil, water and other concerns as part of their business.
The schemes have evolved significantly since the introduction of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) in 1987. It is now possible for most rural land businesses to access one of the schemes available under Environmental Stewardship (ES) and address the most relevant environmental priorities on their land. This handbook aims to provide information for applicants seeking to enter agri-environment schemes in England and guidance to those already participating in a scheme.
Agri-environment schemes in England are funded partially by the European Commission (through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)) with an element of match funding from the Treasury. The schemes are constantly under review. Changes are due to be made to the ES scheme under the current RDPE. These proposed changes are detailed in this handbook.
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