The big push is coming to an end as we complete the last remaing SPS application forms. This year we have helped more farmers than ever.
The next priority is to get to grips with ELS applications as many of the first round of applications from 2005 are coming to an end. A complete new apllication is required, many farmers think that completing the Natural England expresssion of interest form is enough. Unfortunately this is only the begining. However we can take the strain and provide the solution.
Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) including Uplands ELS is a voluntary, non-competitive scheme to encourage farmers across a wide area of farmland to deliver simple yet effective environmental management.
The scheme requires a basic level of environmental management and participants can choose from a wide range of more than 50 management options. These cover all farming types and include things such as hedgerow management, stone wall maintenance, low input grassland, buffer strips, and arable options.
How does ELS including Upland ELS work?
Each year participants receive a payment for all the land entered into the scheme. In return they will be required to deliver land management options on land in the scheme. The standard payment rate is £30 per ha, with £8 per ha on land parcels of 15 ha or more above the Moorland Line. There are higher payments for Uplands ELS - up to £62 per ha.
Five-year agreements are available, with monthly start dates and automatic payments sent out every six months. This straightforward application involves completing a Farm Environmental Record.
Natural England’s target is to provide an agreement within three months of receipt of a valid application.