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    New Opportunities in Higher Level Stewardship Schemes

Natural England has secured further funding for the next financial year to help deliver significant environmental benefits and contribute to conservation.


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This will offer the opportunity for more farmers and landowners to apply for funding where an enhanced conservation environment is a key business objective.

The additional money Natural England has secured will provide significant funding to help a number of high value applications for the rest of this year and for the whole of next year. The scheme is continuously improving and is becoming better targeted at options which will further enhance the environment and contribute to conservation.

The officers involved with the scheme have a genuine understanding of how the options contribute to these targeted benefits and fully understand the cost implications of delivering these. These targeted objectives now fall much closer to current working methods on a large number of estates and farms where an enhanced conservation environment is a key business objective. With substantially increased costs of production, crop yields are more important than ever to the profitability and viability of all farming businesses. There is once again, a place for Higher Level Stewardship Schemes on most farms and estates where unproductive field corners, headlands and shaded areas can be more profitably devoted to a suitable conservation scheme.

Fisher German LLP has developed a good working relationship with Natural England and currently have applications approved or in progress on behalf of clients to the value of £1,250,000 per annum. This learned knowledge allows Fisher German to identify where applications are likely to be successful and where financial, conservation and enjoyment benefits can be maximised for the farmer/landowner. For further information, please contact Richard Sanders in The Farms Department on 01858 411234 or e mail

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