Your land will need to be registered before you apply for an Entry Level Stewardship Scheme.
Contact the Rural Payments Agency to obtain a vendor number – which is a unique trader registration number – allocated by the RPA.
If you have previously claimed payments under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), Single Payment Scheme (SPS) or an Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) scheme, you will have already been issued with a vendor number.
Customer Service Centre
If you are a tenant farmer you will need to have management control over the land you farm for 5 years for Entry Level or for 10 years for Higher Level. If you are in doubt, contact your Natural England office.
To get the best environmental outcome and funding for your land:
Call our central number 0300 060 0011 and you will be put through to a local adviser.
You can arrange a farm visit or attend a farm event - these are both free of charge.
You can choose to apply for ELS online or by post:
Applying online is quick and easy and has many advantages:
To apply online:
To receive an application pack call 0300 060 0011 to be put through to your local Natural England office.
You will need to provide the following information:
Environmental Stewardship forms
All the forms you need to get started for postal application.
Quick link to all Environmental Stewardship levels
Online services for farmers
GOV.UK now provides access to services such as RPA Online, ELS Online and Defra Farm Surveys and Assessments.