Countryside stewardship workshop

Knepp Castle Estate SUS-150502-124437001

Knepp Castle Estate SUS-150502-124437001

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A countryside stewardship and organic farming workshop is taking place at Knepp Castle Estate, near Horsham on February 17.

The new countryside stewardship scheme to replace HLS and ELS will be launched this year with an application window of July, August and September.

The workshop, supported by Savills, the Soil Association, and Natural England, will discuss the new scheme and explain some new terms such as priority sites, priority areas, farm wildlife packages and the universal capital grant.

New organic payment rates and what it means to farm organically with the business case will also be discussed.

The open event is being organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and will include speakers from Savills, The Soil Association and Natural England.

Entry is £35 plus VAT per head and includes an organic lunch using meat from Knepp Castle Estate, as well as a tour of the estate with the owner, Sir Charles Burrell.

To book tickets, visit soilassociation.org

Report and picture contributed by Savills.