The deadline for the stewardship scheme application has been extended by one month to 31 August.
Applicants now have one more month to complete their forms and get them to Natural England. The deadline has been postponed to give farmers some extra time to finish the forms during the already busy summer months.
Over 10,000 farmers and land managers have requested an application pack and Natural England is on track to issue all packs by the end of June, allowing two months to complete them.
Entering a stewardship agreement can bring benefits to water quality, soil heath and wildlife and can improve the quality of produce, reduce pollution and see the return of declining species. Moving forward the government is hoping that farming and environmental enhancement can work more closely together after leaving the EU and entering such a scheme is a good way for farmers to begin to change the way they manage their land ahead of new agricultural policies being implemented outside the Common Agricultural Policy.
For the 2018 application window, four new simple wildlife offers have been introduced to make the process easier.
If you would like any help with preparing your application before the deadline please contact Rebecca Kaye or your local office.