Environment: Land Management Scheme

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Judd Lord Judd Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure equity of access by farmers in all areas of the countryside to the New Environmental Land Management Scheme.

Photo of Lord de Mauley Lord de Mauley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

All farmers in England will be able to apply for the new environmental land management scheme. However with both the “upper tier” and “mid-tier” elements of the new scheme being targeted to sites and areas which deliver priority environmental benefits, there will inevitably be fewer agreements than under the current Environmental Stewardship scheme. Consideration is being given to the range of capital and revenue options that are appropriate to achieve both the environmental gains we seek and provide access to the scheme.

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