The third year of the Countryside Stewardship scheme has opened for applications. As of Friday 10th March, farmers and land managers can apply for the Mid Tier and Higher Tier of Countryside Stewardship. Catchment Sensitive Farming is focused on providing advice and guidance on the Mid Tier of Countryside Stewardship, which offers 5-year agreements for environmental improvements in the wider countryside, such as reducing diffuse water pollution or improving the environment for birds, pollinators and farm wildlife. There are also a number of capital grants available. Mid Tier applications need to be submitted by 30 September 2017 and you need to request a Mid Tier application pack by 31 July. The application window will close on 30 September 2017. For more information on Countryside Stewardship in the Nene and Welland catchments please call Georgina Wallis on 07921 941734. You can see more about the scheme by going to: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-get-paid-for-environmental-land-management.