21st March 2023
The Rural Payments Agency have announced applications have opened again for some elements of the Countryside Stewardship.They have also announced new payment rates, the average increase is around 10%, some organic options have seen a much larger increase while some have remained static.
The application window for Countryside Stewardship (CS) Mid Tier and Wildlife Offer agreements, to start from 1 January 2024, opened 21 March 2023.
The closing date for CS Mid Tier applications is 18 August 2023.
There’s still time to apply for a CS Higher Tier agreement for 2024.
RPA will be accepting applications until 28 April 2023.
Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier and Wildlife Offers now open for applications - https://ruralpayments.blog.gov.uk/2023/03/21/countryside-stewardship-mid-tier-and-wildlife-offers-now-open-for-applications/
Applications for capital grants are open all year round, and you can read about enhancements for 2023, and capital payment rate changes in the Capital Grants 2023 blog post.
Full payment rate available at GOV.UK - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenue-payment-rates-from-january-2023-countryside-stewardship/revenue-options-payment-rate-changes-from-1-january-2023
We've pulled out the organic options in the list below as a guide -
|Revenue Option||Revenue Option||Old rate (£)||Rate for existing agreements up to 01.01.2022 (£)||Rate from 2023 (£)|
|OP2||Wild bird seed mixture||640||640||768|
|OP3||Supplementary feeding for farmland birds||494||756||887 per tonne *4|
|OP4||Multi species ley||115||115||115|
|OR1||Organic conversion - improved permanent grassland||75||150||187|
|OR2||Organic conversion - unimproved permanent grassland||50||76||89|
|OR3||Organic conversion - rotational land||175||256||296|
|OR4||Organic Conversion - Horticulture||400||602||703|
|OR5||Organic Conversion - Top Fruit||450||960||1,254|
|OT1||Organic land management - improved permanent grassland||20||20||20|
|OT2||Organic Land Management - unimproved permanent grassland||20||31||36|
|OT3||Organic Land Management - rotational land||65||109||132|
|OT4||Organic Land Management - Horticulture||200||380||471|
|OT5||Organic Land Management - Top Fruit||300||960||1,920|
|OT6||Organic Land Management - Enclosed Rough Grazing||8||48||69|
|*4 for every 2ha of wild bird seed mixture|