HHLE PROPERTY MATTERS SPRING 2021 - Flipbook - Page 8
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& ORCHARDS GRANT
This offers 2-year capital works
agreements for hedgerow and
dry-stone wall restoration.
Grants are paid at “standard”
rates (e.g., £25 per metre for
wall restoration, £9.40 per
metre for hedge laying). In
addition, for the first time, it is
now possible to apply for new
hedge planting, which is paid at
£11.60 per metre.
The Countryside Stewardship Scheme was launched on 9th February for
the 2021 scheme year, with 3 key aims: increase biodiversity, improve water
quality and improve air quality.
The number of standalone capital grants available has been considerably
widened and the maximum grant that can be applied for has been increased
to £20,000 in each of the three strands:
WATER CAPITAL GRANTS
AIR QUALITY GRANTS
These 2-year grants
contribute towards capital
projects that offer water quality
benefits, such as re-concreting
broken yards (£27.14 per m2)
or covering over silage pits or
middens (£62 per m2). Most
water capital grant items must
be endorsed by the local Natural
England Catchment Sensitive
Farming Officer. Under this
strand, it is now also possible to
apply for new fencing to protect
watercourses. This pays £4.90 a
metre and CSFO endorsement
is not needed.
New for 2021 are Air
Quality grants, aimed at
reducing ammonia emissions.
There are three capital items
available, which must have
i.Automatic slurry scrapers,
paid at £2,760 per channel
ii.Low emission flooring for
livestock buildings, paid at
£72 per m2
iii.Planting trees to create a
shelter belt to intercept
The capital items must address the water and air quality pollutants
affecting the catchment area, and how it is reaching the water course.
Normally more than 1 capital item is required to address the issues and
prevent further losses.
For all the Capital Grants, the application window is open until 30th April
2021. This is considerably earlier than previous years, when the deadline
was the end of July. Where CSFO endorsement is needed, all the necessary
evidence must be provided to them by 19th March. Farmers already in a MidTier and Higher Level Environmental Stewardship (HLS) agreement can also
apply, provided they are compatible with their existing agreement.
In addition, the Slurry Investment Scheme is due to be launched this
summer and Farming Investment Fund is due to be launched this autumn.
This can be split into 2 areas:
• Farming Equipment & Technology Fund
– for agricultural equipment to increase
productivity and efficiency
•Farming Transformation Fund – for
investment into technology and robotics
As BPS is phased out there is potential for
greater emphasis on capital grants, so it is
important to keep informed with what is out
there to help your business move forward.