The third round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is now open for applications.
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. To apply, groups must submit new plans for working together and sharing knowledge to improve their land and benefit their communities. 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
- Restoring rivers to their natural meanders.
The closing date for applications is the 14th November 2017.