8. Environmentally sensitive areas and environmental stewardship in England.

Provision is made for the designation of an area as an environmentally sensitive area1. This scheme closed to new entrants following the introduction of the environmental stewardship scheme in England2.

Under the terms of the Environmental Stewardship Scheme for England the Secretary of State3 had power to make grants for the management of land under one of three optional elements: Entry Level Stewardship ('ELS'), Organic Entry Level Stewardship ('OELS') and Higher Level Stewardship ('HLS')