The Hedgerow and Boundary Grant Scheme is a standalone capital grant which is available under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Applications are to be submitted by 28th April 2017 and works completed by 31st December 2018.

The maximum grant available (for each SBI  number) is £5,000 to fund a range of boundary capital items including hedgerow laying, earth bank restoration and stone wall restoration.

Applications  are more likely to be successful if the applicant is a smaller holding, the farming business has previously held an agri-environment agreement, - for example, Entry Level Stewardship or English Woodland Grant Scheme - and the applicant has applied for at least £1,000 worth of capital works.

The grant will be competitive with each application being scored based on a number of selection criteria. Therefore only the highest scoring applications will be offered a grant and presenting a strong application will be critical to increase the chances of being accepted.

This year the scheme is more flexible and is now open to existing ELS agreement holders provided the works within the Hedgerow and Boundary Agreement are not subject to another obligation.

For advice or assistance on your potential eligibility for the grant scheme, please contact: Dorsetjamie.batt@gth.net / 01935 415300, Devon kirsty.short@gth.net / 01884 243000, or Somerset james.wotton@gth.net/  01278 410250.