Natural England - 2. What we spend and how we spend it.

2. What we spend and how we spend it.

Financial information relating to projected & actual income & expenditure such as: Financial statements, budgets & variances, Quarterly spending reviews, Staff allowances & expenses, workforce pay & grading details, Procurement lists of contracts awarded, financial statements for projects & events.

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  • Subject: Annual accounts
    Description: Natural England’s White Paper Accounts.
    Availability: Past Accounts are available from our website or contact Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Awarding contracts
    Description: Details of current major contract notices, possibly including details of short listed suppliers recently invited to tender, current list of framework contracts and details of contracts let month by month.
    Availability: Contact Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Salary information
    Description: Salary details for the Chair, Deputy Chair, Board Members, Chief Executive and Directors along with Pension information are published in the Annual Report and Accounts.
    Availability: Contact Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Expense claims information
    Description: Details of claims made by Natural Englands Board Members and Executive Directors.
    Availability: Available on the Expenses page of the Natural England website.

  • Subject: Expenditure over £25,000 and Grant In Aid (GIA) details
    Description: Details of Natural Englands Grant In Aid and regional costs.  Also includes details of expenditures of over £25,000 in Natural England.
    Availability: Available on the Finance page of the Natural England website and the Data.Govexternal link website.

  • Subject: Heritage Management Plan grants (a Partnership and Innovation grant)
    Description: This discretionary grant scheme offers 50% funding of eligible costs for the preparation of Heritage Management Plans for outstanding land designated as conditionally exempt from inheritance tax or planning for conditional exemption.
    Availability: Available on the Heritage Landscapes pages on the Natural England website.

  • Subject: Management Agreements (s15)
    Description: Management Agreements, is a term used generically to cover several mechanisms for delivery, namely those created under Wildlife Enhancement Schemes and the traditional s15 Agreements. Management Agreements have traditionally contained provisions for both annual payments and for capital expenditure or a programme of specific works.
    Availability: Details of s15 Management Agreements can be found on the Disclosure Log on Natural England’s website.

  • Subject: Environmental Stewardship
    Description: Environmental Stewardship is a new agri-environment scheme which provides funding to farmers and other land managers in England who deliver effective environmental management on their land. The scheme is intended to build on the recognised success of the Environmental Sensitive Areas scheme and the countryside Stewardship Scheme. Its primary objectives are to:
    Conserve wildlife (biodiversity)
    Maintain and enhance landscape quality and character 
    Protect the historic environment and natural resources
    Promote public access and understanding of the countryside
    Natural resource protection
    Availability: Available from the Natural England website on our Environmental Stewardship pages.

  • Subject: Energy Crops Scheme (ECS)
    Description: The Energy Crops Scheme offers grants to farmers in England for the establishment of miscanthus and short rotation coppice. It is part of the Rural Development Programme for England. It is jointly funded by the European Union, through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and the United Kingdom Government. It has been set up to increase the amount of energy crops grown in England, in appropriate locations. Energy crops are used as a substitute for fossil fuels and can contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and help to combat climate change.
    Availability: Information on the scheme, including the Handbook, application forms and the ECS team contact details are available on Energy Crop Scheme pages on the Natural England website or contact the ECS team on:Telephone:01609 767400, Email: ecsqueries@naturalengland.org.uk.

  • Subject: Access to Nature Grant Scheme
    Description: Access to Nature aims to encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors, particularly those who face social exclusion or those that currently have little or no contact with the natural environment - perhaps because they lack the confidence to get out and enjoy natural places or have few opportunities to do so.
    By 2014 we want 1.7 million people in urban, rural and coastal communities across England to have benefited from this grant programme by giving them improved opportunities to experience and enjoy the natural environment and providing more opportunities to gain new skills.
    Funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme and Natural England, Access to Nature is run by Natural England on behalf of a consortium of major environmental organisations.
    Availability: Information on the scheme, including who can apply, how to apply, what we will fund, outcomes and targets, frequently asked questions and the Access to Nature teams contact details are available on the Access to Nature pages on the Natural England website.

  • Subject: Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund
    Description: The Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund aims to help achieve the UK Government’s commitment to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010 through supporting the recovery of priority species and habitats in England.
    Between 2006 and 2008 nearly £4 million was allocated to 34 projects across all nine regions. These projects covered a variety of aims including direct enhancement of biodiversity, engaging people in conservation work, and raising awareness among key stakeholders, schools, community groups and the general public.
    The scheme has now been launched again with up to £5 million to award over the next three financial years, with successful projects running from September 2008 to the end of March 2011.
    Availability: Information on the new scheme criteria and how to apply is available on the Natural England website on the Countdown 2010 Biodiversity Action Fund 2008 - 2011. You can also find information on the Natural England website on the projects awarded funding during 2006 - 2008 and view a list of the recipients.

  • Subject: Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) Grant Scheme
    Description: The levy on aggregate extraction was introduced in April 2002; part of the money raised by the levy finances the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF). The aim of ALSF is to address the environmental and social costs of aggregate extraction through delivery of environmental improvements, minimising the demand for primary aggregates and reducing the local effects of aggregate extraction. This scheme is a Natural England electronic service.
    Availability: Details about the aims, objectives, benefits, examples, application requirements and forms are available via Natural England’s website on our Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund pages.
    From our website you can also find information on the ALSF Partnership: Land and Community-based Grant Schemes aims and examples: (128kb)pdf document and the ALSF Marine Grants.
    A copy of ALSF annual report is also available to view.
    Examples of ALSF projects previously funded by ALSF Partnership organisations (English Nature, The Countryside Agency) can be found on the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairsexternal link or as paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Wildspace! (Grants scheme for statutory Local Nature Reserves)
    Description: Details of Natural England’s grants to local authorities to encourage the conservation, public use and enjoyment of Local Nature Reserves.
    Wildspace! is now closed to new applications as all our funding has been committed.
    The scheme was supported by funding from the Big Lottery Fund.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on our Wildspace!external link pages. Information about the projects funded by Wildspace! in your area are available from the Natural England’s website on our Local Nature Reserve Projectexternal link pages or as a paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Countryside Stewardship Scheme
    Description: Countryside Stewardship was introduced as a pilot scheme in England in 1991. Payments are made to farmers and other land managers to enhance and conserve English landscapes, their wildlife and history and to help people to enjoy them. With the introduction of the new agri-environment scheme, Environmental Stewardship, the Countryside Stewardship Scheme is now closed to new applicants. Existing agreements will continue until their expiry date.
    Availability: Available from the Natural England website on the Countryside Stewardship Scheme pages.

  • Subject: Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs)
    Description: The Environmentally Sensitive Areas Scheme was introduced in 1987 to offer incentives to encourage farmers to adopt agricultural practices which would safeguard and enhance parts of the country of particularly high landscape, wildlife or historic value. With the introduction of the new agri-environment scheme, Environmental Stewardship, the scheme has now closed to new applicants. Existing agreements will continue until their expiry date.
    Availability: Available from the Natural England website on the Environmentally Sensitive Areas pages.

  • Subject: Reserves Enhancement Scheme
    Description: This grant scheme is for Voluntary Conservation Organisations who manage Sites of Special Scientific Interest as nature reserves. These five-year grants contribute to the day to day management of these sites. This scheme is currently closed to applications as all our funding has been committed.
    Availability: For information about the grants given under the Reserves Enhancement please contact the Natural England Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Section 35 National Nature Reserve (NNR) Capital Grants Scheme
    Description: Grants are available to Approved Bodies under Section 35(1)(c) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, where these Approved Bodies are not eligible for the Reserves Enhancement Scheme. These grants contribute to capital projects for the improvement of reserve management, access and interpretation. This grant is currently unavailable pending a review of the scheme in 2006/07.
    Availability: Details about the objectives, criteria and list of recipients since 2002-03 is available via Natural England’s website or as paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Organic Farming Scheme
    Description: This scheme was introduced in 1999 (and varied in 2001) to offer payments to farmers to aid them in converting land to organic farming and to manage their land in some additional environmentally beneficial ways. The scheme closed to new applicants in March 2005. It was replaced by Organic Entry Level Stewardship. Payments will continue to be made on existing eligible agreements until their expiry.
    Availability: Details about the schemes statistics and case studies is available from the Natural England website on the Organic Farming Scheme pages or as paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Habitat Scheme
    Description: The Habitat Scheme was launched in 1994 as part of the agri-environment programme for England. The scheme was designed to offer incentives to 12 farmers to create protect and enhance a number of specific wildlife habitats. Many of agreements were for a period of 20 years. The scheme is now closed to applications. Existing agreements will continue until their expiry date.
    Availability: Details about the scheme is available from the National Archiveexternal link or as paper copy from Natural England’s Enquiry Service.

  • Subject: Doorstep Greens
    Description: With the help of Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fundexternal link we are helping 200 communities improve their quality of life. By creating or enhancing green spaces near to people's homes, we are helping people who experience disadvantage, and places where regeneration of the local environment is crucial. This scheme is now closed to new applications.
    Availability: Available via Natural England’s website on the Doorstep Greens pages.

  • Subject: Millennium Greens
    Description: When it began in 1996, the aim of the Millennium Greens initiative was to provide new areas of public open space close to people's homes that could be enjoyed permanently by the local community. They were to be breathing spaces - places for relaxation, play and enjoyment of nature and pleasant surroundings. They could be small or large, and in urban or rural locations. At the end of December 2001, 245 Millennium Greens had been created. They were all developed by the local people who had drawn up their plans, purchased the land, and carried out the work necessary to provide a local green space. This scheme is now closed to new applications
    Availability: On the Natural England website there is information on all aspects of Millennium Greens, including contact details, frequently asked legal question and a series of documents in PDF and word format available from the Millennium Greens pages.

  • Subject: Tomorrow’s Heathland Heritage programme (THH)
    Description: The Tomorrow’s Heathland Heritage programme was set up to restore and re-create lowland heathland across the UK contributing to the BAP targets. The projects will also increase access, community involvement and enjoyment and understanding of lowland heathland. This programme is now closed as all the funds have been allocated. The final project is due to finish in 2010 and has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
    Availability: Available on the Tomorrow’s Heathland Heritage pages on the Natural England website. This includes information on the first 14 of 25 projects.

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