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See below for a list of ALGAO events over the coming 30 days.
Fri 20th Apr (All day)
Wed 16th May (All day) to Thu 17th May (All day)
Wed 23rd May (All day)
Wed 12th Sep (All day) to Sat 15th Sep (All day)
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Subject Committee: Countryside

The Countryside Committee has a facilitating role, servicing the needs of the members and committee of ALGAO in all matters concerning the historic environment and the countryside.

Sustainable development is an important objective in rural as well as urban settings. The Association promotes good practice in sustainable and integrated archaeological and countryside conservation management, including through improved sites and landscape management techniques. To this end the Committee encourages the adoption of good practice at all levels and seeks to promote integrated sites management works undertaken by members as exemplars of good practice. Such emphasis will be extended into the wider public arena to raise awareness and promote further the links between the historic environment and the landscape.

The Association also aims to ensure early and effective input into the development of government policy and advice to ensure that management of archaeological sites and historic landscapes is considered as an intrinsic component of wider countryside management. The Association works with other countryside conservation agencies to achieve this objective.

The next Countryside Committee meeting will be held on Friday 20 April 2018 in Birmingham.

News 11 January 2018 The Government announces its twenty-five year vision for the environment:

Agri-environment in England

A number of websites are available to assist members and others involved in agri-environment schemes. These include:

Countryside Stewardship 2018 timetable: English ALGAO members should expect to start receiving HEFER requests from 17 January, with the last requests arriving in mid June (two weeks after the Countryside Stewardship application pack request window closes) and the last HEFER deadlines falling in mid July (20 working days after the last request).

Natural England is expecting between 5,000 and 10,000 applications nationally. Of these, there could be approximately 600 Higher Tier applications, with the others for ‘full’ Mid Tier or the newly introduced Mid Tier ‘offers’. Natural England has agreed it would be fair to assume 50% or more Mid Tier applications could be for the new offers.

This year the full range of Countryside Stewardship schemes are named in the 'Tier' part of HEFER consultation requests and on the SHINE website. Tiers named for the first time are 'Water Capital Grant' and 'Woodland Only Higher Tier' (previously they were called 'Mid' or 'Higher'). ALGAO members should treat 'Water Capital Grant' consultations as Mid Tier consultations and check paragraphs 4.3.3 and 4.3.4 of the Mid Tier manual for a list of the capital works covered. When working on a 'Woodland Only Higher Tier' consultation ALGAO members should assess the whole holding, not just the areas of woodland.

News 16 January 2018 The enhanced and updated SHINE website is now live and Natural England will start to submit HEFER requests shortly. The updated SHINE Service Standard will be available very soon. Updated SHINE workflow guidance is available in the download section of the SHINE website.

News 4 January 2018 Michael Gove announces a new approach to rural subsidies:

News 14 December 2017 The 2018 Countryside Stewardship application window is due to open on 15 January 2018. Natural England has confirmed applications for the new Mid Tier offers will not require a HEFER, but will require a FER. ALGAO members are encouraged to check and update their contact details on the SHINE website ahead of the window opening (including, if necessary, requesting via the SHINE contact section the deletion of staff who have left their employment).

News 28 November 2017 Michael Gove announces new streamlined Countryside Mid Tier offers for 2018: and (for full details)

News 28 November 2017 - Exegesis has produced a spreadsheet outlining how much Natural England is expecting to pay each ALGAO member for producing HEFERs in 2017, which Historic England has forwarded on to Natural England. Natural England is currently working on producing purchase orders and should start issuing them in the next few weeks.

Best practice guidance

A number of websites provide further guidance on the rural historic environment. These include:

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