Countryside Stewardship Revenue Payment Changes

Countryside Stewardship Revenue Payment Changes

DEFRA have recently reviewed the Countryside Stewardship Revenue Option payment rates based on changes in the agricultural market. The new rates will apply from 1st January 2022. Compared to when the rates were set in 2013, there has been an average increase of 30%, however the changes vary for different options.

 

If you currently have a Countryside Stewardship agreement in place, or your agreement starts on or before the 1st January 2022, then where the new rate has:

 

  • Increased, the new higher rate will be paid
  • Decreased, the existing higher rate shown on your signed agreement will be paid
  • Not changed, the existing rate shown on your signed agreement will be paid

 

Changes to some of the more popular revenue options are outlined below:

 

Option Code

Revenue Option

Old Rate

New Rate

AB1

Nectar Flower Mix

£511

£579

AB2

Basic Overwinter Stubble

£84

£58

AB8

Flower Rich Margins/Plots

£539

£628

AB15

Two Year Sown Legume Fallow

£522

£569

BE3

Management of Hedgerows

£8/100m

£9/100m

GS1

Take Field Corners Out of Management

£365

£333

GS2

Permanent Grassland with Very Low Inputs

£95

£132

GS4

Legume & Herb Rich Swards

£309

£358

HS2

Take Historic & Archaeological Features out of Cultivation

£425

£459

SW1

4 – 6m Buffer on Cultivated Land

£353

£419

SW4

12 – 24m Buffer on Cultivated Land

£512

£578

 

 

For many farmers who are part of Countryside Stewardship, these payment increases will go some way to offsetting upcoming losses from the BPS payment. If you haven’t already, it is worth considering applying for a Countryside Stewardship Application this year. The application window is due to open in February, and the Agricultural Team would be very happy to assist you with an application so please get in touch.

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