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Category: News
8 September 2016

The Treasury and Defra have confirmed that Countryside Stewardship (including organic conversion and maintenance) options applications being made this September will be honoured despite Brexit, but there is no sign yet of a window opening in Wales for Glastir organic or other Glastir schemes.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced on August 13th that The Treasury would guarantee EU funding beyond the date the UK leaves the EU.

Natural England also said in response to the question 'Will new Countryside Stewardship agri-environment and forestry agreements with a start date of 1 January 2017 miss out if an agreement has not been signed with Natural England before the Autumn Statement?'
A. No, any Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier or Mid-Tier agreements signed or with agreements in place before the Autumn Statement will be fully funded - even when these projects continue beyond the UKs departure from the EU.

This means farmers and land managers should continue to apply for Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier agreements by the 30 September deadline. Successful Higher Tier applicants will be able to continue to work up the final details of their agreement with Natural England and the Forestry Commission to allow for new agreements to start on 1 January 2017.

Farmers and land owners should continue for the moment to apply for Woodland Management Plan and Tree Health capital agreements.

See also Treasury letter Rt Hon David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, on the future of EU funding streams.

Keywords: Stewardship conversion maintenance payments Brexit

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