Rural Hub

Hedgerows and Boundary Grant Scheme deadline 1 May

1 min

Farmers and landowners in England have until 1 May to apply for capital grants worth up to £10,000 to help pay for the restoration of hedges and stone walls.

Farmers – both owner occupiers and tenants – should consider making an application to the 2020 Hedgerows and Boundary Grant Scheme.

The scheme falls under the umbrella of Countryside Stewardship, but farmers and landowners can make a standalone application without having to sign up to a more complex five-year environmental management agreement.

This is a great opportunity to do something really positive for our landscape and environment, with the benefit of grant assistance.

Field boundaries are a valuable part of our heritage, landscape and biodiversity, as well as being important as stock-proof barriers.

The payment rates can represent quite a high percentage of the typical costs of carrying out the work, so applicants can restore substantial lengths of hedgerow or wall at relatively modest net cost.

Pressure on farm incomes means that many field boundaries may not have not been touched for some time, so this offers the possibility of restoring them without undue strain on the farm budget.

Payment rates have been retained at the same level as in 2019, which is £9.40/m for hedge-laying, £9.50/m for filling in gaps and £25/m for stone wall restoration.

The scheme is competitive so applications will be scored against others to assess which offers the greatest value for money.

Land previously in Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) is likely to be scored more highly, due to a desire to continue to preserve and enhance the environmental benefits already created through agri-environment schemes.

Alistair Cochrane
Director, Rural
Send a message to Alistair Cochrane
1 min

Related Articles


Pumpkin enterprise taps into consumer demand for Halloween experiences

Halloween has become big business in the UK. In terms of consumer spending, this seasonal event has become one of the biggest dates in the calendar, only eclipsed by Christmas and Easter. There is nothing more synonymous with Halloween than a pumpkin and there are now an estimated 15m pumpkins grown in the UK each […]

BPS calculators to help farmers plan for 2020-2028 subsidy changes

With the government having confirmed that Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) direct payments will be phased out in England starting in 2021, we know many farmers wish to assess what effect it will have on their farm business profits. Our Farming Department has produced two tools to help you explore and understand what this may mean […]

The future of farm support – tell us what you think

2021 marks the start of a transition for farmers away from direct payments towards a new system of farm support based on rewarding them for the provision of environmental services. Strutt & Parker and the CLA have teamed up to gather the views of landowners and farmers on the future of farm support, through a […]

Scottish Farming Update – Autumn 2020

Welcome to this quarter’s Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. MARKET UPDATE ARABLE CROPS Global: Grain Production Report  The FAO – (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN), are predicting, […]

Talk to us

Want to talk to us about our rural specialisms? Send us a message and we will make sure it gets to the right person.

Please write your name
Please write a message

Sign up

Sign up to be notified when we launch new publications so you’re always ahead of the research.

Please write your name
Please write a correct email address
Send me updates about
Please tick a box