The Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is the cornerstone of the new agricultural policy for England. ELM is founded on the principle of “public money for public goods”. DEFRA want to hear your views about ELM policy and design and have re-opened the ELM policy discussion document (PDD) for responses.
It will remain open until Friday 31st July.
As a reminder, the PDD sets out DEFRA’s initial thinking for ELM scheme design, providing an update on progress and overview of high-level design options. There are key questions in the document on which DEFRA would like stakeholder views and evidence.
The responses they receive will help to inform the detailed scheme design for both the ELM scheme starting in 2024, and the start of the National Pilot in late 2021.
The ELM Engagement Team will also be running interactive online webinars for farmers and land managers to discuss what the proposals mean for them. These will be held on the following dates:
- Wednesday, 1st July – 12:00-1:30 pm
- Tuesday, 7th July – 6:00-7:30 pm
- Thursday, 16th July – 8:30-10:00 am
- Thursday, 23rd July – 12:00-1:30 pm
- Tuesday, 28th July – 8:30-10:00 am
- Thursday, 30th July – 6:00-7:30 pm
The webinars are targeted at farmers, foresters and land managers in England only.
After the PDD closes, DEFRA will carefully analyse all responses and publish an update later this year.