As an example, there are several actions for hedgerows. Hedgerow management (£10 per side per 100 metres) involves cutting, laying or coppicing on rotation to create a range of different heights and widths across the farm’s hedgerow network.
There is a separate action to assess the condition of hedges, which pays £3 per side per 100 metres. For establishing hedgerow trees (one per 100 metres) a payment of £10 per 100 metres is available. Undertaking all three actions on an internal hedge – where you have management control of both sides – will thus attract a payment of £36 for every 100 metres per year.
Annual payments for low input grassland mirror those in Countryside Stewardship, at £151 per ha. Within SFI, however, the actions are more flexible. For example, supplementary feeding is allowed, provided it does not cause poaching.
A full list of all the actions available and the associated payment rates is below. In addition to the actions, there is an annual management payment of £20 per ha for the first 50 ha. This effectively adds up to £1000 to all SFI agreements.