Natural England Higher Level Stewardship Scheme

Information on HLS is detailed below

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Natural England Higher Level Stewardship Scheme

What is HLS?

The Higher Level Stewardship scheme (HLS) is a Defra initiative managed by Natural England targeting 110 areas across England aiming to deliver significant environmental benefits in priority areas. With advice and support from local advisors, the scheme develops individual comprehensive 10 year agreements with those managing complex environmental areas aiming to achieve significant benefits over the 10 year period.

To qualify for HLS you must also apply for, or already be in Entry Level Stewardship (ELS), Organic ELS or Uplands ELS. Entry Level Stewardship is a 5 year scheme open to all farmers and land managers in England providing a straightforward and simple approach to land management.

Funding is released by a simple points per hectare calculation providing targets and scheme conditions are met. Points are earned through a variety of environmental management options for example ditch management, enhanced hedgerow management and Skylark plots.

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But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos