Agri-environment schemes under the Rural Development Programme 2007–2013—outline
Agri-environment schemes under the Rural Development Programme 2007–2013—outline

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Agri-environment schemes under the Rural Development Programme 2007–2013—outline
  • Rural Development 2014-2020
  • Agri-environment schemes
  • Agri-environment schemes in England
  • Cross compliance conditions
  • Classification of agri-environment schemes
  • Environmental Stewardship Scheme
  • The Energy Crops Scheme
  • The English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)
  • Agri-environment schemes in Wales
  • more

Brexit: The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for the schemes providing for agricultural subsidies in England and Wales, which will no longer be derived from EU Common Agricultural Policy. We will introduce content to address the new regimes once the legislation (including the Agriculture Bill) has been enacted.

Rural Development 2014-2020

The Rural Development Programme for England (2007–13) ended on 31 December 2013 and was replaced by the Rural Development Programme for England (2014–20). See our Practice Notes: Overview of the Common Agricultural Policy (2014–2020) and Rural Development 2014–2020 for the latest information on the agri-environment schemes and the Rural Development Plan.

Agri-environment schemes

Agri-environment schemes under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007-2013 are voluntary agreements funded under Pillar 2 of the CAP 2007–2013 under which farmers and other land owners are paid to manage their land in a way which is environmentally friendly or provides new or greater opportunities for public access.

Agri-environment schemes in England

As of 2009 there were approximately 58,000 agri-environment schemes in England, covering approximately 66% of all rural land (over 6 million hectares) and receiving funding in the region of £400m via Natural England, which administers the schemes on behalf of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The ‘bespoke’ nature of agri-environment