STEWARDSHIP SCHEMES – NEW AIR QUALITY GRANT
We are expecting information about the 2021 Stewardship schemes to be published on 9th February. We understand there will be a new Air Quality grant designed to reduce ammonia emissions and the maximum grant for this new scheme and both the water capital grant and the Hedgerow and Boundary schemes will each be £20,000. The deadline for applying for these grants is expected to be the end of April and we recommend contacting your Catchment Sensitive Farming officer as soon as possible if you are interested in the air quality or water capital grants. Check E News next week for more details.
NATIONAL PARK AND AONB EVENTS ON STEWARDSHIP AND THE ELM SCHEME
National Parks and AONBs have funding for engagement with farmers to discuss the Stewardship Schemes and the new ELM scheme. Details below:
Yorkshire Dales National Park
The YDNPA have organised a series of online meetings in February – see YDNPA Stewardship & ELM meetings Feb 21. The meetings will feature a presentation on the funding set out in Defra’s agricultural transition plan, including the proposed new ‘Farming in Protected Landscapes’ scheme. There will also be an update on Countryside Stewardship and the Environmental Land Management scheme. Places are limited to 15 per session so book early – go to Yorkshire Dales CS and ELM events.
Arnside & Silverdale AONB – Thursday 11th Feb 7.30pm and 18th Feb from midday
The Farmer Network will be delivering similar events for farmers in the Arnside & Silverdale AONB on Thursday 11th February from 7.30pm (open meeting) and 18th February from midday (individual appointments). Book your place by calling the Farmer Network office on 01768 868615 or email: Veronica@thefarmernetwork.co.uk.
Solway Coast AONB – Monday 1st March from 7pm – details tbc with bookings through the Farmer Network office.The Nidderdale and North Pennines AONBs are also planning events along with the Lake District National Park. We will circulate dates when available.