Countryside Stewardship is a scheme that helps to protect and enhance our countryside.  2023 will be the final year you can apply for agreements (to start in 2024) which will run for 5 years.  Defra has amended some aspects of Countryside Stewardship to make it a more attractive option for more farmers as they plan for the impact of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) reductions and their subsequent removal  Visit this page to read about the changes to the scheme.