Countryside Stewardship Changes
The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is due for a number of improvements ahead of the 2018 application period. These aim to make it easier for farmers to access the funding it offers.
Four ‘packages’ covering the most common farm type will be offered and will have a shorter application form and simpler checks when applying. The packages will be non-competitive meaning applicants are guaranteed an offer as long as they meet the minimum requirements. Individual management options are grouped together within a package under a number of categories. There will then be a requirement to pick a minimum number of options from each category.