Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:15

Results of a recent National Audit review of Defra and Environmental Land Management Scheme review have been published:


Facts already known about ELMS:

ELMS will be delivered through three components:

  • Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI): open to all farmers with payment for actions to manage land in an environmentally sustainable way
  • Local Nature Recovery: payment for more complex actions delivering benefit at a local level and aims to encourage collaboration between farms… Read More
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 09:45

The government have announced an expansion of the popular Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme to cover every farm in England.

The programme – which is a partnership between Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency can provide free 1-2-1 advice to farmers to help them reduce water and air pollution through management of farmyard manure and soils among other things.

In recent years it has reduced the number of serious water pollution incidents by almost a fifth, and helped farmers access £100m in grants to help protect the environment.

The funding for the programme will now be almost doubled, with an additional £17m over the next three years. The new annual budget will… Read More

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 10:34

The scheme is open to all Farmers and Land Managers within an AONB, National Park or Broads. Also, it may be available to Farmers and Land Managers outside the Protected Landscape Areas if they can meet priority areas described below.  

The key areas for the programme are;

Monday, May 24, 2021 - 15:12

A consultation has been released on the governments proposals for delinking the basic payment scheme and also for taking a lump sum and exiting out of the industry. 

If you would like to provide views on the proposals complete the survey here


In summary: 


Direct payments phased out 2021 – 2027

Delink from 2024. After this payments based on a reference period for 2024 - 2027. Reference period likely to… Read More

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 09:57

Are you thinking about planting some new woodland?

We outline some aspects for consideration and the options currently available here:

What size of woodland will you create? 

For an area greater than 3 hectares but less than 10 hectares:

Woodland grants within Countryside Stewardship can offer one off grants to support the preparation of a Woodland Management Plan and planting. 

1. Apply for a Woodland Management Planning grant. 

This will provide a flat rate payment of £1,000 towards the cost of preparing a 10 year woodland management plan which meets UK Forestry Standards. This plan will help with… Read More

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 14:52

Direct payment (BPS) transition

Payment deductions start 2021

Known deduction rate for 2021

No detail on how the payment deductions will be set between 2022 and 2027 (assume flat rate)

No payments from 2028 (final payment 2027)


Delinking of payments

Potentially delinked in 2022Read More

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 14:10

Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus

This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees.

To be eligible, employees will need to:

  • earn at least £520 per month (above the Lower Earnings Limit) on average for… Read More
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 15:36

Key Dates & Environmental Schemes: 


Basic Payment Scheme Dates:

  • EFA Fallow retain until 30th June
  • Catch Crops establish by 20th August and retain until 14th October
  • Cover Crops establish by 1st Oct and retain until 15th January 


Countryside Stewardship: Read More

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 08:25

Government support for UK businesses during COVID-19 disruption:


You may be aware that the Government has announced a number of measures to support Businesses through the current Covid-19 disruption to the economy.  Additional support is being reviewed and updated as the situation evolves.  Some of the measures are targeted at sectors which have been more severely affected to date whilst others are more widely accessible.

Further information can be found and is constantly updated at… Read More

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 09:14

COVID-19 Coronavirus Measures



Dear clients, contacts and friends,


We want to give an update to everyone about the measures we are taking concerning COVID-19 and service continuity.  The health and safety of our team, clients and contacts is always paramount to us, particularly now.  In line with Government advice all members of the AKC team who are able to are moving to working from home.  They have access to all our systems necessary and can be contacted on the usual telephone numbers meaning that there will be very little disruption in providing services to you.  This… Read More