Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities (2007-14)
The Rural Priorities scheme was part of the 2007-13 SRDP. Rural Priorities is being replaced by several new schemes in 2015 under the 2014-20 SRDP . These include the Agri-environment-climate Scheme (AECS ) and the Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS ) which are due to open for application in March 2015.
Extensions to existing Rural Priorities contracts
Scottish Government offered 1 year extensions for all Rural Priorities agri-environment contracts which ended in December 2013, including contracts on SSSIs or Natura sites. Some contracts may receive further extensions.
Rural Development Contracts - Land Managers' Options
The Land Managers' Options (LMO) scheme started in March 2008, replacing the Land Management Contracts Menu Scheme. LMO offered a more limited range of measures than Rural Priorities. LMO is closed to new applications from 2014.