Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund
A fund opens on 1 September for groups of farmers and organisations to bid for cash for large scale environmental projects in their area.
The third round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is open for applications from 1 September to 14 November 2017. The fund encourages landowners to think beyond their own fields, meadows and woodlands and consider how environmental benefits can be achieved over a wider landscape by working on projects together.
Since the scheme began, it has supported 61 groups and 1,350 land managers to improve more than 273,000 hectares of land. Improvements include enhancing wildlife habitats, planting trees and restoring rivers to their natural meanders.
To apply, groups must submit new plans for working together and sharing knowledge to improve their land and benefit their communities.