The Hedgerow and Boundary grant is individually worth up to £5,000 and is designed to help farmers improve farmland boundaries.
The application window for the £5 million scheme is now open and closes on 28 April 2017.
Farmers can apply for a one-off grant towards the restoration of a range of traditional boundaries including hedgerows, dry stone walls, stone-faced banks and earth banks. Payment rates are fixed for each item. These include hedge-laying or coppicing, hedgerow restoration through gapping-up, stone-faced bank repair and stone wall restoration, which can include a top wiring supplement.
It is important to note that the land parcel cannot, on the start date of the agreement, be in an agri-environment scheme. The application process is competitive. Priority is given to smaller holdings and restoring hedges or walls is preferred to stone-faced or earth banks. More points are awarded if the application is for more than £1,000, and if the holding is part of a group receiving Facilitation Fund payments.
Grant offers will be made to successful applicants from July 2017.
If you have any queries or want Butler Sherborn to submit an application on your behalf please call Georgina Bush or Jonathan Malings 01285 883 740.