ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)

4.2    Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS)

If you already have a Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) agreement covering some of your land, you may still be able to apply for ELS on the land which is not under CSS agreement. You should follow these instructions to determine which fields should be included in your application:

  1. If a CSS option covers the whole field, the field concerned should not be included in your application. This means that you can do one of the following:
  • Ask RDS to delete the relevant field parcel number before sending you your pre-filled application form; or
  • if you already have your pre-filled application form, cross out the relevant field parcel number on your field data sheet and on your application maps. You must then adjust your points target accordingly (see section 2.3.1 of this handbook for detailed instructions on how to delete land parcels from your pre-filled application form). If you need to delete several parcels, you may prefer to ask RDS for a new set of forms and application maps.
  1. If the CSS option only covers part of the field (e.g. grass margins), you must include the whole field parcel in your application, but, in order to avoid being paid twice for the same thing, you must not locate any ELS options on top of any of your CSS options. This rule does not apply to ELS management plan options; they may be applied to all land included in your application, provided the land meets the eligibility criteria for the management plan concerned - see pages 83 to 85 of this handbook.
  2. Land in CSS rotational options should be included in your application, but you must make sure that each year there is no overlap of CSS and ELS options on the ground.
  3. For boundary features (e.g. hedges), you can locate ELS boundary options on boundaries which are being funded by CSS (this is because the two schemes are paying for different things).
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