NELMS, or the New Environmental Land Management Scheme, was always meant to be a temporary title whilst the replacement for ELS and HLS was being developed. There was even a vote earlier this year to decide on what the working name of the new scheme would be. Well the wait is now over, in her speech on Wednesday 4th November, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced that the new title will be the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.
You may recognise this as the scheme that preceded ELS and HLS, but is that where the similarities end? There are certainly some parallels that can be drawn including a competitive application process and an annual start date. But we have also learnt a lot over the near 10 year gap, with new management options introduced and a move towards landscape scale conservation.
We are expecting targeting statements to be developed over the next few weeks, which will guide the priorities for applications in any given area. Keep an eye out in the funding pages for more information.