The government has announced Countryside Stewardship, its new environmental land management scheme, which is part of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for England. The scheme will replace:

  • Environmental Stewardship (ES)
  • The English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)
  • Capital grants from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme

Commenting on the scheme, which will contribute £900 million to help rural businesses to improve the countryside environment, Heidi Thompson said: “We’ve been working hard to help shape the local targeting statements. The new scheme sees a reduction in funding from its predecessor and will be more competitive and highly targeted. The targeting statements are therefore very important and must be locally relevant.” For more information contact Heidi on 01603 881947 or

Read the latest government information on the scheme.