The new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) that will replace existing agri-environment programmes over the coming years, is being piloted from 2021 and rolled out in full from 2024. Currently underway across the country are ELMS Tests and Trials working with Land Managers to co-design the scheme.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and partners are running two ELMS Tests over the coming year. One will focus on the South Lincolnshire area and the second in the Humberhead Levels. The Tests will explore specific elements for the delivery of the new scheme. For South Lincolnshire this will include identifying natural capital assets, the priorities for the area, beginning to cost out public goods and payment options. The Test will be supported by the expertise of the Environment Bank, Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership and the University of Lincoln.