Snap, 21 months to go here with an ELS/HLS agreement and would like to tweak as I am fairly well stacked with options and 10 years is a long time too be beholden to what where very good ideas at the time, undersown grass and legume ley is always wet grain, cereal and grass smother out lots of the clover so it wouldn’t feature but then you look at the low input grass option the parkland and paddocks are in and the new one in mid tier bares no resemblance to it. I’m probably in a fortunate position really as I hope we have some idea what ELMS looks like by then, having seen the increase in bird life, barn owls hunting nearly every day and grey partridge, even a corn bunting sighting I think then more wild bird, pollen and nectar and wild flower margins instead of weedy arable margins, also I have a bit of a problem with a damp corner in a field corner with alders establishing which should of been flailed down in September but without ruddy great ruts through it so thinking herbal ley or wild flower meadow.you not in any atm then? HLS has on a whole been a good thing for the few pennies lost on some arable ground its cert propped up my much lesser earning PP thats for sure.
Poss considering going into something after my HLS ends later next year tho.... which could be more beneficial than ext current scheme.
looking at all options as atleast it will be fixed for 5years regardless of if n when poxy ELMS kicks in.
Its going to be the death nell on a lot of Tenant Farms i think.
Apply then you have time to consider if accepting when they make the offerso far I've steered clear of any of these schemes are they worth going into now or is it best to wait for elms ?
Might as well get in now and get used to it... elms will only be a reworked CSS! If in a priority catchment your catchment sensitive officer will be able to give you some free advice. Remember you can still cancel an application up until you sign late this year. We have been promised when Elms comes live we will be free to drop css and more to ELMs without penalty. It will not make you rich but it can shoehorn a bit more income from less productive areas.so far I've steered clear of any of these schemes are they worth going into now or is it best to wait for elms ?