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Time to apply for Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant Scheme

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The 2019 Countryside Stewardship Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant Scheme offers farmers an excellent opportunity to unlock public funding to help restore neglected hedges and stone walls.

Hedges and walls are a valuable part of the country’s heritage, landscape and biodiversity, as well as being important from a management perspective.

The payments on offer through the scheme represent a significant proportion of the actual costs of carrying out the work.

The big change in 2018 was that landowners could apply for a maximum grant of £10,000, when in previous years the limit had been £5,000. This higher limit has been continued in 2019.

The payment rates remain the same as in 2018, with options including £9.40/m for hedgerow laying, £9.50/m for filling in gaps and £25/m for stonewall restoration.

The scheme is only aimed at the restoration of hedges and stone walls, so farmers wanting funding to establish a new hedgerow or boundary, including fencing options, should make an application under the wider mid- or higher-tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

Applications for the Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant Scheme can be made online via the Rural Payments system.

The closing date for applications is 3 May.

For more advice and information about any agri-environment or rural development grant please contact Ryan Lindley on 01609 780306.

Download the Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant Scheme paper here.

Ryan Lindley
Farm Business Consultant, Farming
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