Our consultants can help you apply for and manage agri-environment schemes in England and Wales. Our practical advice can include:

  • Making the decision to apply for a scheme,
  • Choosing the most appropriate options and capital items
  • Help with ongoing management

We are currently offering mid-tier Countryside Stewardship advice free of charge to farmers based in the North of England. Learn more

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Application support

Choosing the right options

Our team of consultants have an in-depth understanding of farm business management and farmland wildlife and can help to create an application which is tailored to the needs of your business.

We can guide you through the whole application process, including liaison with Natural England, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers, Local Planning Authorities and the Environment Agency as appropriate. We can also prepare the supporting information and evidence required to support your application.

Ongoing management

For those in ongoing schemes, we can ensure that the requirements of the scheme are fully understood and complied with correctly. For example, we can assist with record keeping, nutrient management planning and implementation of habitat management options.

New schemes

New Environment Land Management Scheme (ELMS)

As the new Environment Land Management Scheme takes shape, our consultants will ensure that they are fully up to date with developments to make sure that clients receive the best advice. If you are currently part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme, we can help with the transition to ELMS.

 

Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI)

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) aims to help farmers manage land in a environmentally sustainable way that improves food production

Farmers will be paid for public goods, such as:

  • improved water quality
  • biodiversity
  • climate change mitigation
  • animal health and welfare

In 2022, SFI aims to:

  • encourage actions that improve soil health
  • recognise how moorland provides benefits to the public (public goods)
  • improve animal health and welfare by helping farmers with the costs of veterinary advice for livestock

Initially the SFI will focus on four core elements with all the elements of the scheme expected from 2024/25 onwards. Each element or standard contains a group of actions with three levels of ambition; basic, intermediate, and advanced.

How ADAS can help

Our teams of FACTs and Basis qualified agricultural and agribusiness consultants can offer clear, practical on-farm advice on all aspects of business management, soil health and nutrient planning.

If you are interested in an agri-environment scheme and would like advice about applying, please contact Fiona Tweedie, Senior Agri-environment Scheme Consultant fiona.tweedie@adas.co.uk.