Hexham and Northern Rural

Hexham and Northern Rural (HNR) forms the professional chartered surveying and land agency division of Hexham and Northern Marts. From offices in the Auction Mart, HNR covers a vast area of Northumberland, Durham and the Borders. Why not get in touch to find out more about our competitively priced assistance and advice for your business?


Farming Investment Fund – a new grant announced

Adding Value grant This £30 million fund will offer grants focused on supporting farmers and growers to process, diversify and add-value to their products.  It will offer grants of between…

REMINDER: Basic Payment and stewardship claims

DEADLINE midnight on Monday 16 May 2022 for you to submit: a BPS 2022 applicationa revenue claim for an existing CS or ES agreement If you need any help, please…

Basic Payment Scheme

Today, Defra announced that farmers in England will receive an advance of 50% of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment for 2022. The move is in response to farms across…

Animal Health and Welfare Grants: your chance to suggest items

A new post, “Animal Health and Welfare Grants: your chance to suggest items” has just been published on DEFRA’s Future Farming blog. Farmers will be able to apply for grants…

Funding for Farmers

RPA have published a summary of the differing ways you can apply for money to improve the environment while producing high quality food and other products if you’re a farmer,…

Slurry Grants – Update

DEFRA and RPA have published more information on the Slurry Grants mentioned in the Agricultural Transitional Plan. This will be of great interest to many. Nothing has been finalised but…

An update on the Lump Sum Exit Scheme and delinked payments

Lump Sums RPA plan to offer farmers in England who wish to exit the industry the option of applying in 2022 for a lump sum payment.  They expect farmers will be…

Key Dates – Taken from the Farm Advisory Service February 2022 Newsletter

Key dates Key dates to be aware of. 1 February For any land located in an Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ), from this date you can apply organic manure with a…

RPA Key Dates 2022

Basic Payment Scheme 1 January 2022: BPS 2022 scheme year begins 15 March 2022: BPS applications open 16 May 2022 (midnight): deadline for BPS 2022 applications without penalty (including Young…

Improving Farm Productivity grants: open for applications today

The Improving Farm Productivity theme is open to farmers, growers and related contractors with the minimum grant of £35,000. The maximum grant available under this theme is £500,000 per applicant. …

Rolling application window for Farming in Protected Landscapes

DEFRA have announced that they are moving to a rolling application window for the rest of the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme. The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme encourages farmers and…

Cross Compliance – Farm Advisory Service updates

 Cross Compliance upcoming Key dates and events FAS Have up-dated the website to give farmers more information about what they should be considering this month….          …

FC Announce new woodland payment rates

Changes to Countryside Stewardship woodland offers Information on improvements to Countryside Stewardship woodland incentives. As a result of the Countryside Stewardship revenue payment rate change, Woodland Creation Maintenance (WD1) option…

RPA performance 2021

The RPA have announced how details about their performance in 2021 – indeed they call it “Strong” Click for the full article The Rural Payments Agency has paid out just…

Changes to Countryside Stewardship revenue payment rates from 1 January 2022

Defra has reviewed CS revenue payment rates based on current costs and made changes. The new rates on the attached document will apply to all Countryside Stewardship agreements from 1…

Government unveils plans to restore 300,000 hectares of habitat across England

The Government has unveiled the next stages of its plan to reward farmers and landowners for actions which benefit the environment, supporting sustainable food production alongside vital nature recovery and…

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year! I hope 2022 is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for all. 2022 will be a year where things will remain uncertain for our industry…

Farming Rules for Water update: What you need to know about RPS 252.

The Environment Agency has released Regulatory Position Statement 252 (RPS 252) for the Farming Rules for Water (FRfW) which is currently in effect until 01 March 2022. This affects how you’re…

Countryside Stewardship & Grant Schemes

STEWARDSHIP 2021 Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship claims are currently being checked and payments made. It is important to check the payment received against your agreement and see that amount…

Cross Compliance 2022

You must meet the rules throughout the year if you claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a stewardship scheme or the Farm Woodland Premium element of the English Woodland…

Basic Payment Scheme

BPS 2021 Payment window opened 1 December 2021 Rates 2021 Region  Non-SDA Entitlement Rate £233.30 Region SDA-Other Entitlement Rate £233.30 Region Moorland SDA Entitlement Rate £64.00 Going forwards BPS will undergo Progressive deductions:

Mid Tier Stewardship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme. If your existing Environmental Stewardship agreement expires this year or has already expired you may be eligible to…

Cross Compliance

Whilst Cross Compliance failures can lead to financial penalties on BPS and Environmental / Countryside Stewardship payments, they can also be responsible for the delay in these payments being received…

Euro Exchange Rate set for BPS 2021

The Euro exchange rate has been set at €1 = £0.85228 for calculating 2021 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments.This is based on an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates…

Key Dates, Rule changes and NVZ derogations

31st October If you hold a summer water abstraction licence (authorising abstraction wholly within the months of April to October), the Environment Agency will make actual abstraction return forms available…

Hexham & Northern Rural offer a comprehensive range of professional rural services and expertise throughout the North of England.

We have a practical approach that delivers bespoke advice to each client. based upon years of experience working within the agriculture sector.

Agriculture is a way of life and we are here to help you in this most testing of times.


Specialists in:

Basic Payment Scheme

Cross Compliance & Farm Records

Countryside Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

Agricultural Transition - ELMs

Grant advice and applications


Livestock Identification issues

General farm management advice

Basic Payment Scheme

BPS 2021 Payment window opened 1 December 2021

Rates 2021

Entitlement rate £233.30 £231.60 £64.00

Agricultural Transition (BPS Deductions) – source Defra

Up to £30,000 5% 20% 35% 50%
£30,000 to £50,000 10% 25% 40% 55%
£50,000 to £150,000 20% 35% 50% 65%
£150,000 or above 25% 40% 55% 70%
Up to £30,000 65% 80% 95% 100%
£30,000 to £50,000 70% 85% 100% 100%
£50,000 to £150,000 80% 95% 100% 100%
£150,000 or above 85% 100% 100% 100%


You must meet the rules throughout the year if you claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a stewardship scheme or the Farm Woodland Premium element of the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) in 2022.

There are no changes to the rules but DEFRA have made some changes to the way we run cross compliance that may benefit you Such as:

  • improvements in the way we communicate with farmers following some cross compliance visits by RPA field officers
  • when assessing how severe a non-compliance is, where appropriate, we’ll take into account how you’ve engaged with the rules, any possible harm to the environment, or level of risk to public or animal health.

Details on what to expect at inspection can be viewed here.


Basic Payment Scheme

Hexham and Northern Rural (HNR) provide farmers and land owners with advice on all matters relating to the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) including cross compliance, land and mapping and other Rural Payments Agency issues as well as being happy to complete BPS applications and help with record keeping requirements. Please contact us to discuss to discuss your requirements.


Countryside Stewardship & Rural Grants

Following the announcement of the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and the subsequent changes to schemes available, it is important for farmers and landowners to know exactly what funding is available to their business to maximise incomes. Please contact us to discuss the Countryside Stewardship, Countryside Productivity Grants, Catchment Sensitive Farming, Rural Growth Programme and LEADER.

We also provide advice on existing Environmental Schemes, such as negotiating changes to agreements, prescription management and submitting annual and capital works claims. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

If your farm (owner-occupied or tenanted) is likely to be effected by a road widening, pipeline, electric poles or pylons Hexham and Northern Rural (HNR) will be able to look after your interests to ensure you suffer the least inconvenience and are suitably compensated as well as ensuring your land is left in the best possible condition following the completion of works. HNR can also help you negotiate the best positioning and rent for a Telecommunications site, should you be approached by a network provider. In all of these circumstances HNR fees are met by the Utility or Telecom Company. This is therefore a professional service with no cost to the farmer or landowner.



Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship claims and payments are currently being checked and made. Check against your agreements that the amounts received are for the annual value you are expecting.

Many Stewardship Capital Works plans end on the 31 December 2021. Ensure all works that needs to be done / can be done are finished, invoices paid (where necessary), and that supporting documents and evidence (e.g., bank statement and photographs) are available so that claims can be made. Double check dates so that no deadlines are missed.

Future Farming Resilience Fund

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Farming Equipment and Technology Fund

grants from £2000 - £50000 for equipment. Closes 7th January 2021.

Farming Transformation Fund

Grants for Water Management, projects over £87,500. Expressions of interest in by 12th January 2021.

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Offers funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is not an Agri-Environmental scheme. First round applications close 31st January 2022.

English Woodland Creation Grant

Landowners, land managers and public bodies can apply to the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) for support to create new woodland. Applications can be made at any time of year.

Countryside Facilitation Fund

Funding for a person or organisation (Facilitator) to help a groups of farmer and other land managers work together to improve the natural environment at a landscape scale. Applications close 19th January 2022

Farm Dispersal Sales

In addition to the sale of rural properties Hexham and Northern Rural (HNR) are able to provide the complete package by conducting the on farm dispersal sale of both live and deadstock.

Please contact us to confidentially discuss our competitive commission rates should you be considering a farm sale.

FUTURE SCHEMES 2022 – 2024

Between now and 2024 as BPS rates decline further, other schemes will be introduced by DEFRA to aid agricultural businesses through the transition period. So far we know of the following:

  • Future Farming Resilience Fund
  • Farming and Technology Fund
  • Farming Transformation Fund
  • Farming in Protected Landscapes
  • Countryside Stewardship
  • Woodland creation
  • Future Farming Resilience Fund
  • Farming and Technology Fund
  • Farming Transformation Fund
  • Farming in Protected Landscapes
  • Countryside Stewardship
  • Woodland creation

Contact Details

Please contact Carol Johnson BA(Hons) MBIAC
Office: 01434 607028 Mobile: 0775 369 3111 Email: cjohnson@hexhammart.co.uk

Mart Offices, Tyne Green, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3SG

  • Environmental Stewardship Schemes
  • Grant advice and applications
  • Environmental Land Management Scheme
  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zones
  • Cross Compliance
  • General Farm Management Advice

Please get in touch if any of this is of interest.