Environmental Land Management: consultation reopens

24th June 2020

The government Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra, has now reopened its consultation on the new Environmental Land Management Scheme that will replace current environmental stewardship schemes that operate in England.

Defra will also be running interactive online webinars for farmers and land managers from 1 July 2020. Details below.


Statement from Defra

The ELM Policy Discussion Document (PDD) was published on 25th February 2020 and the opportunity for stakeholders to feedback on this document was planned to take place up until 5th May 2020. In light of updated government advice on coronavirus and the concerns we had been hearing from stakeholders, we took the difficult decision to postpone the consultation and associated events on 8th April 2020.

Engagement remains central to our policy design and we are now in a position to reopen the consultation. We are reopening the ELM Policy Discussion Document (PDD) on CitizenSpace on Wednesday 24th June.

It will remain open for responses until Friday 31st July.

The document can be found here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/elm/elmpolicyconsultation/

As a reminder, the PDD sets out our initial thinking for ELM scheme design, providing an update on progress and overview of high-level design options. There are key questions in the document which we would like views and evidence on.

The responses we receive to this document will help to inform the detailed scheme design for both the ELM scheme starting in 2024, and the start of our National Pilot in late 2021.

In addition, we will also be running interactive online webinars for farmers and land managers to discuss what our proposals mean for them. These will be held on the following dates:

These webinars are now full.
Defra are looking into adding dates and/or recording the webinars that more people will be able to access the information presented.
  • Wednesday, 1st July – 12:00-1:30 pm

  • Tuesday, 7th July – 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Thursday, 16th July – 8:30-10:00 am

  • Thursday, 23rd July – 12:00-1:30 pm

  • Tuesday, 28th July – 8:30-10:00 am

  • Thursday, 30th July - 6:00-7:30 pm

The webinars are targeted at farmers, foresters and land managers in England only. They can register through this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elm-policy-discussion-webinars-tickets-109605757772

After the Policy Discussion Document closes, we will carefully analyse all responses and publish an update later this year.

You can request a print copy of the ELM Policy Discussion Document by:

Phoning the Defra call centre on 03459 33 55 77

Emailing: elmfeedback@defra.gov.uk.

You can also submit written responses by email (elmfeedback@defra.gov.uk) or by post to:

FAO ELM Policy Discussion

c/o Rural Payments Agency

A Block

Curwen Road


CA14 2DD