Rural Surveyor Phoebe Chatten looks at the schemes available to preserve these important features of our countryside
As we are striving towards a continually improved environment, the Boundary and Hedgerow Grant Scheme offers farmers and land-managers the opportunity to restore hedgerows, stone walls, stone-faced banks and earth banks. These boundaries are an integral part of our heritage landscape, providing wildlife habitat to aid biodiversity as well as that all important stock-proofing!
The grant is available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme; however, farmers and land managers can make a stand-alone application for this grant alone to reap a capital grant of up to £10,000 to improve their boundaries without additional land management options.
See the table below for an idea of what options are available and the payments awarded for these options.
The scheme is competitive, with applications being scored against others. The criteria for consideration in 2020 was as follows:
The dates for submitting applications for grants in 2021 has not yet been released, however we expect it to open imminently (in 2020 it was 11 February – 1 May). Offers will then be made in July 2021 and agreements will be for a maximum period of 2 years.