The Rural Payments Agency has recently announced changes to the Countryside Stewardship Scheme payment rates, effective from 1st January 2022.
If you have an agreement, or an application for an agreement which starts on or before 1st January 2022 then where the payment rate has:
For new agreements starting from 1st January 2023, all the new payment rates will apply.
The main payment rate changes are as detailed below:
|Revenue Option||Revenue Option Title||Old Rate (£)||Rate for agreements starting on or before 1st Jan 2022 (£)||Rate for agreements starting on or after 1st Jan 2023 (£)|
|AB1||Nectar flower mix||511||579||579|
|AB2||Basic overwinter stubble||84||84||58|
|AB6||Enhanced overwinter stubble||436||493||493|
|AB8||Flower rich margins and plots||539||628||628|
|AB9||Winter bird food||640||640||640|
|AB12||Supplementary winter feeding for farmland birds||632||657||657|
|AB15||Two year sown legume fallow||522||569||569|
|BE3||Management of hedgerows||8||9||9|
|GS2||Permanent grassland with very low inputs (outside SDAs)||95||132||132|
|GS4||Legume and herb-rich swards||309||358||358|
|HS2||Take historic and archaeological features currently on cultivated land out of cultivation||425||459||459|
|SW1||4 – 6m buffer strip on cultivated land||353||419||419|
|SW4||12 – 24m watercourse buffer strip on cultivated land||512||578||578|
The full list of changes can be found here.
There are no plans for the payment rates for capital items to be changed.
For more information or to find out how our Rural Property & Business department can help you, please contact 01234 352201 or email email@example.com