What we know so far…
With the transition from direct farm support to new environmental policies it is important to start planning for the future and the opportunities these schemes can bring.
A key part of this new ‘path to sustainable farming’ is the introduction of The Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), set to begin in late 2024/early 2025.
The ELMS scheme will be designed on the core principle of ‘public money for public good’ with targets set to achieve the goals laid out in the 25-year environment plan, where farmers will be incentivised to carry out sustainable farming practices.
The scheme will consist of three core components:
- Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) This is for managing land in an environmentally sustainable way, making it easy to identify actions that are best suited to your business. SFI is applied to features, such as hedgerows, grassland, watercourses, soil health and woodland.
- Local Nature Recovery– which will pay for actions such as creating or restoring habitats and species management.
- Landscape Recovery– which will focus on ecosystem recovery through large-scale projects.