Confirmation of Defra’s five year plan and budget.

Last week DEFRA announced its vision “to unleash the economic potential of food and farming, nature and the countryside, champion the environment and provide security against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards”.
The total DEFRA budget for 2015/16 is £2.0bn,this includes £1.5 billion resource Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL) and £0.5 billion capital DEL.

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Application Window for Countryside Stewardship 2016

Natural England has announced that the next round of Countryside Stewardship will open on 14 March 2016.

Countryside Stewardship is a competitive scheme, with £900 million of new funding going towards projects to restore habitats, improve water quality and woodland, reduce flood risk, protect landscapes, and provides year-round food and shelter for pollinators, birds and other wildlife. (more…)

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