The Environmental Land-Management System (ELMS) is being developed by DEFRA as a potential new payment methodology that is planned to replace current Basic Payment Scheme and Countryside Stewardship. Future payments will be focused on delivering public goods and the 25 Year Environment Plan (25 YEP), based on Natural Capital recovery and regenerative agriculture.


What are the aims of the ELM trial? 

1. To further develop an effective Natural Capital recording tool (The Land App) and survey methodology, and condition score the public benefit of the environmental measures on farmland.

2. To demonstrate the effectiveness and value for money of a local adviser that can bring together farmers, communities and stakeholders to offer multiple opportunities (funding/resource) to deliver public benefits at a local level.


The ELM The Catalyst - Dec 2020 Phase 2 Interim Report (ID-22) is available to download by clicking here.

Within this report, there is a case study demonstrating the process developed as part of this ELMS trial, from start to finish. The case study outlines how a single farm in the Cotswolds have created a land management plan harnessing funding from both the public and private sector. The case study is available to download by clicking here.


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