This is a standalone capital grant available under Countryside Stewardship
Applicant deadline: 30 April 2018
Applications can be submitted online, by post or by email. (Online applications must be accompanied by a map and supporting documents by post or email).
Agents submitting applications on a client’s behalf must have relevant permissions.
Maximum of one application per round.
Maximum grant available: £10,000
Agreement length: 2 years
12 capital items are available:
Code Capital Item Payment Rate (£)
BN1 Stone-faced bank repair £31/m
BN2 Stone-faced bank restoration £86/m
BN4 Earth bank restoration £7/m
BN5 Hedgerow laying £9.40/m
BN6 Hedgerow coppicing £4/m
BN7 Hedgerow gapping-up £9.50/m
BN8 Hedgerow supplement – Casting up £3/m
BN10 Hedgerow supplement – top binding & staking £3.40/m
BN12 Stone wall restoration £25/m
BN13 Stone wall supplement – top wiring £3.60/m
BN14 Stone wall supplement – stone from quarry £44/m
TE1 Planting standard hedgerow tree £8.80 per tree
No supplement can be applied for without its associated capital item as follows:
- BN8 – can only be used on BN5 and BN6
- BN10 – can only be used with BN5
- BN13 – can only be used with BN12
- BN14 – can only be used with BN12
The scheme is competitive and applications are scored, with the highest scoring applications being offered an agreement from July 2018. Acceptance of the agreement must be submitted within 20 working days.
Hedges score more highly than walls
Smaller farms delivering high intensity options will score higher
Applications of less than £1,000 will have points deduced due to higher administration costs vs environmental benefit
The grant cannot be used to create new farm boundaries or be used within the curtilage of the farm e.g. walls in a farmyard
Land cannot be included if it is subject to existing Mid-Tier/Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship or Higher-Level Stewardship. Entry Level Stewardship land parcels can be included.
Records should be retained for 7 years from the end of the agreement.
Applications must include dated photographic evidence of the boundary feature where work will take place. Photographic evidence must then be submitted with the claim showing the works completed. The ‘baseline’ and ‘works completed’ photographs must be taken from the same position. A supporting map must be included showing the location and the direction of the photograph taken.
Agreement holders can use own labour for carrying out capital works. They will need to prepare timesheets signed by the employee and employer showing the hourly rate, details of work and dates.
Claims are submitted online. Payments are made by the RPA.
Please contact the AKC Team if you are interested.
Tel: 01380 724687 email: firstname.lastname@example.org