I believe that the money available under Pillar 2, through Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) schemes should be sort in appropriate circumstances in order to allow the business to recoup money lost through Modulation from Pillar 1, direct payments.
I therefore actively encourage and deliver ELS/OELS and HLS applications where the opportunity arises and can be introduced as an enhancement to the core farming enterprises.
As with much of modern farming, my assistance is in relieving my clients of the burden of paperwork associated with the various initiatives including:
- Countryside Stewardship, CSS
- Environmental Sensitive Areas, ESA
- Entry Level Stewardship, ELS
- Organic Entry Leel Stewardship, OELS
- Higher Level Stewardship, HLS
- Nitrate Sensitive Areas, NSA
- Sits of Special Scientific Interest, SSSI
- Energy Crop Schemes, ECS
Many of these schemes are currently in limbo as there is a funding gap between the end of the Rural Development Program (ended 2013) and the replacement scheme being hatched by Natural England, currently being called the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS) which will have a commencement date of 1st January 2015. During this transitional period only limited ELS agreements will be offered and only high value HLS agreements, for instance where SSSI’s are involved.