Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
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  Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) including Uplands ELS Organic Entry Level Stewardship (OELS) including Uplands OELS Higher Level Stewardship (HLS)
The simplest level in Environmental Stewardship (ES) The organic version of ELS A more demanding level that asks a farmer to achieve more
Open to all farmers Open to farmers with organic land, land entering conversion or farms that combine conventional and organic enterprises Negotiated with farmers in target areas or, outside of those areas, using target themes
5 years 5 years 10 years, though some options can run longer
Standard payment of £30 per ha per year (£8 per ha per year on land parcels of 15 ha or more above the Moorland Line).

Uplands ELS has a standard payment rate of £62 per ha per year, and £23 per ha per year on land parcels of 15 ha or more above the Moorland Line.

Standard payment of £60 per ha per year Organic conversion aid payments are £175 per ha (improved land for the first two years) and £600 per ha (top fruit orchards for the first three years).

Uplands OELS has a standard payment rate of £92 per ha per year.

Requires a greater input in management terms, and so attracts higher payments.

The actual payment varies according to the management required under the specific agreement.

Section 2 - Environmental objectives highlighting ELS options of greatest environmental value.

Section 3 - Option directory for ELS and Uplands ELS. Changes to options:

  • Five new options added to address specific environmental needs.
  • Points value of 10 options adjusted to improve environmental benefit.
  • Detailed option prescriptions of 11 options changed to clarify eligibility and encourage uptake.
  • Titles of five options changed to spell out the environmental purpose of the options.

Section 4 - How to apply and Section 5 - Terms and conditions now cover both ELS and Uplands ELS.

Section 2 - Environmental objectives highlighting OELS options of greatest environmental value.

Section 3 - Option directory for OELS and Uplands OELS. Changes to options:

  • Five new options added to address specific environmental needs.
  • Points value of 10 options adjusted to improve environmental benefit.
  • Detailed option prescriptions of 11 options changed to clarify eligibility and encourage uptake.
  • Titles of five options changed to spell out the environmental purpose of the options.

Section 4 - How to apply and Section 5 - Terms and conditions now cover both OELS and Uplands OELS.

Section 3 - Option directory for HLS

New option HF24 - Supplementary feeding in winter for farmland birds

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Before you read about ES in more detail, you can see what farmers themselves have to say about the scheme in the Look After Your Land with Environmental Stewardship booklet available from Natural England. You will also find a summary of each element of the scheme and how it works.

 

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