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Introduction

Countryside pictureCountryside Premium Scheme

The Countryside Premium Scheme (CPS) closed to new applications after the year 2000 applications round and was replaced by the Rural Stewardship Scheme (RSS).

Both schemes are now closed to new applications, however similar environmental options that were available under CPS and RSS are now available under the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP). Please see the section on Rural Priorities.

The Countryside Premium Scheme provided assistance to farmers, crofters and common grazings committees who had undertaken to adopt environmentally friendly practices and agreed to maintain and enhance particular habitats and landscape features. In addition, they agreed to manage the relevant areas of land and carry out the relevant capital works in line with the rules and conditions of the Scheme. Certain General Environmental Conditions also applied to the farm, croft or common grazing as a whole and not just to those areas or features that were being positively managed under the CPS.

The Guidance document for the year 2000 is the last one available and can be viewed for reference purposes.

Further information and guidance can be obtained from your Local RPID Area Office.