In February 2020, Defra published the Environmental Land Management Policy Discussion Document which offers the clearest picture yet of what the new Environmental Land Management System (ELMS) might look like. It is the system which will be the cornerstone of agricultural policy for English farmers once Basic Payments are fully phased out in 2028.
Download our summary of the main points from the 38-page discussion document, which covers: scheme principals and design of the suggested three tier structure.
It is worth noting that the discussion paper sets out Defra’s current thinking and so is still subject to change.
Please do call us or any of our team if you would like to discuss ELMS, any existing agri-environment scheme or how changes to Basic Payments will affect your business.