AECS application window opens

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The 2018 application window for the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) is now open.

The scheme supports environmentally-friendly land management practices that aim to safeguard and improve Scotland’s natural heritage and help businesses adapt to climate change.

The AECS 2018 application window opened today (17 January) and will run for 12 weeks until 13 April 2018. The deadline for applications for collaborative projects which involve five or more businesses is 31 May 2018.

The scheme is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which is jointly funded with the European Union. Since its launch in 2014 it has committed more than £100 million to 2,090 businesses.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

"I am delighted to confirm that we are now accepting applications to the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme.

"The scheme supports our continued efforts to protect and enhance our environment by promoting environmentally friendly land management practices. It also helps businesses to manage flood risks and mitigate and adapt to the challenge of climate change.

"I would therefore encourage all farmers, crofters and land managers to apply for support under the scheme, and explore how they can benefit and realise the environmental and economic potential of low carbon, environmentally friendly practices."

Further announcements will follow about the next round of the Improving Public Access Scheme, which is aimed at building or improving paths that encourage enhoyment and appreciation of Scotland’s diverse landscapes and nature.

Visit the Rural Payments and Services website to find out more about the scheme and how to apply. Top tips on completing your application are also available. 

Watch our short video on Gartlea Farm

Our first SRDP on Film release of 2018 features the Gartlea Farm conservation plan, funded by the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS).

SRDP on Film - Gartlea Farm (Agri-Environment Climate Scheme) from ScottishRuralNetwork on Vimeo.