Conservation Grants

Conservation grants provide funding for habitat creation, improvement and management.  Funding is provided by the European Union and each country in the UK has interpreted and implemented European legislation differently. Since 1 January 2015 there are new European Union funds and new rules apply.

England

Countryside Stewardship is the environmental land management scheme administered by Natural England.

Countryside Stewardship helps to improve flood management, landscape character, genetic conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In November 2017 a number of new streamlined Countryside Stewardship options were announced.

Existing (2007-2013) conservation grants under Environmental Stewardship – administered by Natural England – will continue to operate but will be closed to new applications.

Wales

The Welsh Government administers agricultural schemes. Glastir is the sustainable land management scheme, through which financial support is given to farmers and land managers.

Scotland

The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) scheme guidance is available from the Scottish Government website.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Agri-environment schemes details are available from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website.

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