Natural England loses agri-environment scheme administration role

Natural England has dismissed fears that its future is in jeopardy after DEFRA announced that it is to transfer delivery of the Countryside Stewardship scheme from the body to the Rural Payments Agency

Stronger rules could govern use of treated sludge on farms. Photograph: smileus / 123RF
Claims and applications for agri-environment schemes will be processed by the RPA instead of Natural England

Natural England has dismissed rumours that its future is in jeopardy after DEFRA announced that it is to transfer delivery of the Countryside Stewardship scheme from the body to the Rural Payments Agency.

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