Early HLS conversion to Higher-Tier , no funding gap
DEFRA have recently released guidance which opens up the possibility for agreement holders to end their Higher Level Stewardship agreements early in favour of entering into a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship agreement and by doing so eliminate the funding gap usually experienced when converting between schemes.
In order for early conversion to take place, there must be a ‘justifiable threat’, to features managed through your agreement if you were to experience a withdrawal of funding. This will then be investigated on a case by case basis.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of early conversion, do not hesitate to contact one of our environmental consultants.