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Key Dates for BPS and CSS in 2022

Ahead of Countryside Stewardship 2022 applications opening next month, DEFRA has published a list of key dates for 2022.

We would encourage all farmers and landowners to plan ahead for applications and claims. It is important for those affected by the reduction in BPS payments, to consider all possible schemes, including those that may have previously been dismissed such as Countryside Stewardship applications.

The full list (in the image below), details important dates in 2022 for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES).

Here are some of the main dates for schemes available this year:

Basic Payment Scheme applications

15 March – BPS applications open.
16 May – last day to submit a BPS application without penalty. This is also the deadline to transfer BPS entitlements for 2022.
10 June – last day to submit a late BPS application, with penalty. This is also the deadline for making certain changes without penalty to a BPS application that was submitted by 16 May.

Countryside Stewardship applications

8 February – applications open for Higher Tier, Mid Tier, Wildlife Offers, Protection and Infrastructure, and Capital Grants.
31 March – last day to request a Higher Tier application pack (paper or online.)
29 April – last day to submit a Higher Tier application.
27 May – last day to request a paper application pack for Mid Tier or Wildlife Offers. There’s no need to request an application pack if you’re applying online.
29 July – last day to apply for Mid Tier or Wildlife Offers.

Countryside Stewardship/Environmental Stewardship revenue claims

15 March – CS/ES revenue claims open.
16 May – deadline for submitting a CS or ES revenue claim without penalty.
31 May – last day to make certain changes to a CS or ES revenue claim that was submitted by 16 May without receiving a reduction.
10 June – last day to submit a late CS or ES revenue claim.

If you would like further guidance or advice on the schemes available in 2022, then click here to register now for our Rural Grants & Schemes webinar on Tuesday 8 February 2022. 

For tailored, specific advice relating to your rural business and individual circumstances, then please call your local Land Agency office to speak with an experienced advisor: