The fourth edition of the Environmental Stewardship (ES) handbooks are now available on the Natural England website containing details of a suite of new options and updates aimed at increasing the environmental benefits and value for money of the schemes.
Printed copies are expected to be available week commencing 22 October.
The new handbooks are effective from 1st January 2013. As well as the introduction of five new options, changes will also be made to a number of other ES option titles, prescriptions and point values.
The new handbooks will automatically be sent to any farmer or land manager who has requested an application pack but has not yet submitted an application. The fourth edition handbooks terms and conditions will legally apply to any ES agreement with a start date of 1st January 2013 onwards. Any customer with an existing agreement who wishes to amend it to incorporate one of the new options, should review the guidance at www.naturalengland.org.uk/es