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The Rural Stewardship Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2001

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Payments of aid to enhance the environment

3.—(1) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, the Scottish Ministers may make payments of aid in respect of an undertaking to which these Regulations apply, to an applicant who–

(a)is the owner or tenant of the eligible land to which such undertaking relates and is in lawful occupation of that land; and

(b)has made an application for aid which has been accepted by the Scottish Ministers.

(2) These Regulations apply to an undertaking in writing by the applicant, for the relevant period–

(a)to comply with, in relation to the whole of the eligible land to which the undertaking relates, the general environmental requirements set out in Part I and Part II of Schedule 1; and

(b)to carry out, or as the case may be, to carry out and maintain, at least one of the activities referred to in paragraph (3).

(3) The activities mentioned in paragraph (2) are–

(a)the management activities set out in column 1 of Schedule 2 to be undertaken on any part of the eligible land to which the undertaking relates in accordance with the requirements specified in column 2 and column 3 of that Schedule in relation to that activity; and

(b)the capital activities set out in column 1 of Schedule 3 to be undertaken and maintained on any part of the eligible land to which the undertaking relates in accordance with the requirements specified in column 2 of that Schedule in relation to that activity.

(4) The Scottish Ministers may contribute towards the cost of preparing an environmental audit and a moorland management plan included in an application for aid where such audit and, as the case may be, such plan have been prepared in accordance with any requirements made by the Scottish Ministers as to the form or content of such audit or plan.

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