Environmental Land Management Scheme Pilot – Applications Open
The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) is the entry level tier of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme, operating alongside two other tiers; the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes. The Government states that collectively these schemes will “pay for sustainable farming practices, improve animal health and welfare, improve environmental outcomes, and reduce carbon emissions… to deliver against [the] 25 Year Environment Plan goals and carbon net zero targets”.
To participate in the Pilot you must be a BPS claimant but not have a current Countryside Stewardship Agreement. There will be a payment for participating in the Pilot as well as payments for land management actions. Examples of the land management payments are noted below:
|Standard||Initial base rates (first phase of pilot only)|
|Arable and horticultural land standard||from £28 up to £74 per hectare|
|Arable and horticultural soils standard||from £30 up to £59 per hectare|
|Improved grassland standard||from £27 up to £97 per hectare|
|Improved grassland soils standard||from £6 up to £8 per hectare|
|Low and no input grassland standard||from £22 up to £110 per hectare|
|Hedgerow standard||from £16 up to £24 per 100 metres|
|On farm woodland standard||£49 per hectare|
|Waterbody buffering standard||from £16 up to £34 per 100 metres|
The Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme will launch in 2022. You can submit an expression of interest to be a part of the Pilot from 15 March 2021. If you’re selected, you’ll be able to make an application in June 2021.
If you are interested in being a part of the Pilot, please make contact with a member of the rural team.