A new consignment of applicants for the next round of SRDP (Scotland Rural Development Programme) applications sees our team involved in applications nationwide from Shetland to the Borders covering a variety of options including moorland management, watercourse management and applications for protected areas such as the Tweed SPA and SSSIs in the west.
It is also worth noting that since the last round of applications, SGRPID has suspended payments on hedge management which reduces the ability to give a connection to different habitats on a farm unless you want to put in extended hedges, which at present is still allowed.
We would however certainly recommend an RSPB survey of your farm under the Volunteer and Farmer Alliance even if you have no intention of applying for SRDP funds as the survey can provide invaluable information on various species present that you may not already have been aware of, and applications are already being accepted for 2012 surveys.
The funds available are limited for all axes of SRDP but quality applications supporting National Targets still have a strong chance of success. Now is the time to be thinking of 2013 applications as the practice is very much on a first come first served basis.
Our dedicated team are involved in a wide variety of projects including agri-environment projects, capital investments, renewables and forestry, covering everything from small scale to larger investments for all types of rural businesses and are able to advise potential clients on future funding deadlines and application procedures.
To get in touch and discuss a potential grant funding for an agricultural environmental project please contact Andy Morrison on 01292292534 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.