In Countryside Stewardship records are checked more frequently than in ELS/ HLS. The extra checks are a trade-off for a reduced inspection regime. Without these additional checks there would be more full inspections of agreements.
The Countryside Stewardship hedgerows and boundaries capital grant opened for applications on 1 February and closes on Friday 28 April 2017. There have been positive changes to the eligibility which means more people can apply.