hedge management is not always cheap, but grant aid for hedge laying and
hedge planting is available in Somerset.
National Park Authority
Landscape Conservation Grants
for full details, guidance notes and the short application form.
The aim of this 3 year grant scheme is to support a range of projects
and traditional management works that benefit the landscape, wildlife
and cultural heritage of Exmoor National Park.
Funding is in the form of small grants, typically up to 50%. You may submit
applications for different projects, but the maximum grant per holding
is £2500 per year. The grant can support projects such as hedge
bank management, scrub and bracken control, orchard management, pond restoration
and care of historic features or other landscape conservation work.
If you need any further information, have any queries or need some help
with a project idea, please contact Heather Harley, Conservation Advisor
(Farming) on 01398 322277 or email hjharley@.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
the new agri-environment scheme Environmental Stewardship was introduced,
comprising the Entry Level Scheme (ELS) and the Higher Level Scheme (HLS).
Details of the schemes are available online at: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/farming/funding/es/default.aspx
Stewardship is an agri-environment scheme which provides funding to farmers
and other land managers in England who deliver effective environmental
management on their land. The scheme is intended to build on the recognised
success of the Environmental Sensitive Areas scheme and the countryside
Stewardship Scheme. Its primary objectives are to:
Maintain and enhance landscape quality and character
Protect the historic environment and natural resources
Promote public access and understanding of the countryside
Natural resource protection
primary objectives it also has the secondary objectives of:
stewardship has three elements:
Level Stewardship (ELS)
- Open to all farmers and landowners.
- Simple and effective land management.
Organic Entry Level Stewardship (OELS)
- Organic strand of ELS.
- Open to all farmers not receiving Organic Farming Scheme (OFS) aid.
Higher Level Stewardship (HLS)
- Targeted environmental management.
- Capital work plans.
ELS and OELS
go beyond what will be required under the Single Payment Scheme (SPS)
cross compliance conditions. Entering into an Environmental Stewardship
agreement will not remove any cross compliance obligations.
Stewardship Scheme (CSS)
is now closed and has been superceeded by the Higher Level scheme under
Environmental Stewardship starting in March 2005. See the DEFRA
website for more details.
For further information Tel. 0117 959 1000
Sensitive Area Scheme (ESA)
schemes are now closed and will be superceeded by the Higher Level scheme
under Environmental Stewardship starting in 2005. See the DEFRA
website for more details.
further information Tel. 0117 959 1000
well as the administration of Environmental Stewardship, grants may be
available from Natural
projects enabling the safeguarding, management and enhancement of
sites and species of nature conservation importance and their enjoyment
by the public;
enabling local communities to participate more fully in conservation
designed to encourage the development of management for wildlife within
natural areas of the countryside;
projects demonstrating new initiatives which are likely to have a
wider relevance and further the practice of nature conservation;
proposals which implement the concept of integrating nature conservation
with other interests and potentially competing activities.
for wildlife projects must contribute to Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs).