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Countryside Stewardship Opens for Applications
Monday 18th February
TThe RPA have now released the key dates calendar for BPS and Countryside Stewardship applications and claims for 2019. The application window for Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements to start in January 2020 opens on Monday 18th February. Successful applications will run from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2024. If your ELS or HLS expires in 2019, or if you have land not currently in any agreement, you should consider an application this year. There are several changes to the scheme this year, including the ability to request application packs online through your Rural Payments Service and the later submission of evidence e.g. planning permission after the application deadline for some options.
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Farming, livestock and land management
Exmoor National Park Authority and South West Water are offering grants of up to £4,000 for projects that will benefit water quality in the upper reaches of the River Exe catchment. A total of £250,000 is available in grant funding from the two organisations between now and 2020 as part of the Headwaters of the Exe project.
Through the Project, funding is available for work that will improve water quality in the catchment, such as improvements in yard infrastructure or the provision of alternative water supplies to enable farmers to keep livestock away from watercourses at key times of year. For instance, £37.20 is available per square metre for covering manure stores, £16.28 is available per square metre for renewed concrete yards, or £66.00 is available for each new livestock drinking trough. Bea Davis, Headwaters of the Exe project manager said: “Grants are available to all those who receive advisory visits through the Headwaters of the Exe project.
If you are interested in receiving a visit and a grant please contact Adam Lockyear, lead farm advisor for the Headwaters of the Exe project, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01823 660684.”The Headwaters of the Exe project is funded by South West Water and Exmoor National Park Authority, working in partnership with organisations including the Exmoor Hill Farming Network and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West. The project forms part of South West Water’s innovative Upstream Thinking programme.
Rural Development and Business Support
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