Stewardship schemes get warm welcome

UK - The governments new Environmental Stewardship Schemes have been warmly welcomed by both farmers and environmental groups.

The NFU said it would strongly encourage farmers to consider signing up to both the Entry Level Stewardship scheme and the Higher Level Stewardship scheme.

The schemes were launched by DEFRA secretary Margaret Beckett on Thurs (Mar 3).

NFU deputy president Peter Kendall said environmental stewardship was at the core of farmers' businesses.

"The ELS and the HLS offer the opportunity to improve environmental protection on farm without the need to sacrifice income."

In a joint statement English Nature, the Rural Development Service and the Countryside Agency said the ELS scheme was great news for the countryside.

Source: FWi
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