This new Scheme is likely to have 3 main tiers, focusing on different areas:
Tier 1 focusing on environmentally sustainable farming, including soil protection and improvement, field margins and cover crops. Aimed to be easy for farmers to engage with.
Tier 2 locally targeted environmental outcomes, including habitat creation.
Tier 3 landscape scale land use change projects, including forestry and woodland creation.
Some lessons learned from previous Schemes include: a need to have a high level of uptake, better objectives, not overly prescriptive and better access to advisory services – all of which are welcomed. Limagrain UK will continue to monitor the Scheme’s progression, with a view to develop and test some new seed mixtures that will help deliver some of the environmental objectives.
Look out for future updates.