Farm visits and inspections

The Government is planning a phased return to on-farm visits and site inspections. These will begin next week (week commencing 1 June) and will be based on business priority, starting with Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship inspections.

To ensure they work within the regulations arising from COVID-19, they will adopt a revised approach to inspections, including the use of technology and remote inspections. They will also contact customers before a visit to find out if there are any issues they need to be aware of, including vulnerability, and they will follow social distancing rules at all times.

Receipts for Environmental Stewardship (ES) claims

The Government will acknowledge receipt of ES claims differently this year. You may receive an email or a letter depending on the contact information they have for you. This is a change from previous years where they confirmed receipt by returning the slip from the front of your claim form.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 11 May, the government published updated guidance setting out its plan to return life to as near normal as possible.

RPA continues to work closely with Natural England and the Forestry Commission. They will continue to provide any updates to the service while maintaining vital services and ensuring the safety of staff and customers.

Government updates for farmers, landowners and rural businesses can be found: