Conservation Grants Service
There are a number of grant schemes available for nature conservation both from the Government, NGO's and the private sector. The nature and scope of available grants is constantly changing. If you would like to know if one of your planned activities could be grant funded, please contact us and we will undertake a search of currently available grants.
The nature and scope of available grants is constantly changing. If you would like to know if one of your planned activities could be grant funded, please contact us and we will undertake a search of currently available grants.
We will automatically review available grants before undertaking any work for our clients in order that our service is as cost efficient as possible.
The following grants are currently available for landowners and are unlikely to significantly change in the next 18 months (as at 1st Jan 2007):-
This is open to any landowner with the aim of delivering simple yet effective environmental management. This scheme was launched in January 2005. Entry Level Stewardship aims to address the following issues:-
Diffuse pollution - issues such as soil erosion and nutrient leaching can be tackled more effectively by encouraging environmental management measures over a wide area of agricultural land.
Loss of biodiversity - tackling declines in dispersed wildlife species such as farmland birds, brown hares, bats and many common invertebrates (e.g. butterflies, bees) needs suitable management across a wide area. Small patches of habitat lose some of their value if they are isolated from other similar areas, and areas of important wildlife habitat are directly influenced by what happens on surrounding land.
Loss of landscape character - a broad approach is necessary to consistently influence what happens across large tracts of the countryside, to avoid the fragmentation of traditional landscape patterns. The maintenance of traditional field boundaries is particularly important.
Damage to the historic environment - safeguarding historic features, such as archaeological sites and ridge and furrow grassland which are at risk of plough damage, also requires a consistent action over a wide area. Conservation of the historic environment is very important, as the features, once lost, are irreplaceable
- Acceptance is guaranteed provided the scheme requirements are met
- There will be a flat rate payment across the whole farm.
- Over 50 management options to choose from covering all farming types.
- Farmers choose options to reach a ‘points target’ related to the farm size.
- There will be quarterly start dates for agreements (1 February, 1 May, 1 August, 1 November).
- Agreements will last 5 years, and payment rates will be fixed for the term of the agreement.
- No grant will be given for capital works (these will be available under HLS).
With the recent introduction of the Single Farm Payment in 2005 it is expected that up to 85% of farmers will enter into the Entry Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme run by DEFRA.
This is based on the old Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) and was launched across England in March 2005.
The five main objectives for the Higher Level Stewardship are:
- Wildlife conservation
- Protection of the historic environment
- Maintenance and enhancement of landscape quality and character
- Promote public access and understanding
- Resource protection
The two secondary objectives are:
- Flood Management
- Genetic Conservation
Higher Level Stewardship will concentrate on the more complex types of management needed to achieve these objectives, where land managers need advice and support, where agreements need to be tailored to local circumstances and where management needs to be targeted carefully. A Farm Environment Plan is required as a prerequisite of an application.
It is expected that experienced consultants (such as ourselves) will be requested to do most of the FEP plans as specialist knowledge is required. DEFRA will pay consultants fees for a Farm Environment Plan. The amount of payment relates to the size of the holding.
Contact us for a competitive quote, and a friendly bespoke service which will be of the highest quality and in the strictest of confidence.
The first phase of the new English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) will be open for business from 18 July 2005 with the second phase planned for the autumn. EWGS is part of the DEFRA family of environmental support. The Forestry Commission operates the scheme under the England Rural Development Programme (ERDP). The purpose of the scheme is to develop the coordinated delivery of public benefits from England’s woodlands. The grant scheme has a regional basis and regional funding.
The objectives of EWGS are:
- to sustain and increase the public benefits derived from existing woodlands in England
- to invest in the creation of new woodlands in England of a size, type and location that most effectively deliver public benefit.
These grants are specifically targeted with new planting and conversion from coniferous to deciduous woodland prioritised particularly where this also leads to greater public access. Acceptance is discretionary and applications being scored on a points basis are also competitive.