Environmental & Amenity
14th October 2020

New Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMS)

The government published an ambitious 25-year environment plan in 2018. The aim is to become the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it, including a commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Some of these challenges will be met by the launch of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), which is due to be rolled out in 2024.

This new Scheme is likely to have 3 main tiers, focusing on different areas:

Tier 1 focusing on environmentally sustainable farming, including soil protection and improvement, field margins and cover crops. Aimed to be easy for farmers to engage with.

Tier 2 locally targeted environmental outcomes, including habitat creation.

Tier 3 landscape scale land use change projects, including forestry and woodland creation.

Some lessons learned from previous Schemes include: a need to have a high level of uptake, better objectives, not overly prescriptive and better access to advisory services – all of which are welcomed. Limagrain UK will continue to monitor the Scheme’s progression, with a view to develop and test some new seed mixtures that will help deliver some of the environmental objectives.

Look out for future updates.

Details for the ELMS timeframes

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