Countryside Enhancement Scheme and Ecology Trust Fund (FOI)
Countryside Enhancement Scheme and Ecology Trust Fund (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 25 August 2022.
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Please could you provide information on the names of the individuals on the board / decision making process for the:
Countryside Enhancement Scheme
Ecology Trust Fund
How does the decision-making process for these funds take place?
Please can we see what causes have received these funds for the past 3 years, and how much was received.
Countryside Enhancement Scheme
All projects requesting funding from the Countryside Enhancement Scheme (CES) must submit a project proposal.
Natural Environment officers within the Infrastructure, Housing and Environment department assess and score these proposals in relation to their environmental and financial value.
The CES panel then make the final assessment and decision as to whether a project will receive CES funding.
The CES panel members are selected to reflect the applications received each year and consist of the following:
- local experts, spanning a variety of subjects, to help clarify any queries and assess the merit of each application
For example, parties from the Société Botany section (Société Jersiaise), those with marine conservation experience or an agricultural background who have been involved with agri-environment schemes
- officers from the Natural Environment section which includes Marine Resources and Land Resource Management teams plus any other relevant government sections based on the subject of the application.
The CES scheme has provided the following funding over the last 3 years.
|Applicant||Brief description||Funds distributed (£) (rounded up)|
|National Trust for Jersey||Reedbed management, winter bird crop seed purchase, wildflower crop creation, hedgerow planting, salary shortfall and conservation grazing fencing||120,337|
|Jersey Biodiversity Centre||Data management, education, training, research, and public events||80,066|
|Government of Jersey||Woodland management, carbon sequestration research and wildflower seed purchase||15,969|
|Sangan Conservation Ltd||Equipment purchase||17,346|
|Société Jersiaise||Ramsar management plan||2,940|
|Jersey National Park||Project management and education||25,000|
|Jersey Royal Company||Equipment purchase and set up||12,000|
|Samares Manor Limited||Equipment purchase and setup wildflower education hub||12,212|
|Jersey Dairy||Species and habitat survey||2,500|
|Individual||Hedgerow creation and wildlife corridor||2,825|
|Individual||Meadow and pond management||900|
|Individual||Removal of invasive species||4,961|
|Jersey Trees for Life||Woodland management and purchase of hedgerow whips||4,967|
|Birdsong Garden||Livestock fencing purchase||1,175|
|GROW Jersey||Equipment and tree purchases||6,116|
|The Reserve||Conservation grazing||60,000|
The names of the panel members and individual applicants have been withheld under Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
Ecology Trust Fund
The Ecology Trust Fund (ETF) consists of a Chairperson (the ‘Chair’) and four trustees who each have a voting role.
The Chair must be an elected member of the States Assembly while the four trustees apply for the role via public invitation. The trustees are selected via an interview process by the Chair and another trustee with support provided by government officers, if required.
The ETF aims to support local conservation tasks, monitoring work, biological studies and any work the trustees believe to be of ecological and/or environmental importance to Jersey.
The trustees and Chair meet quarterly to discuss and decide which applications the ETF will support and the amounts to be received by each party depending upon the amount of funds available and the number of applications received at that time.
The following table details grant payments that have been made as at 18 July 2022.
|Grants distributed by the ETF for the last 3 years as at 18 July 2022 |
|Applicant||Brief description||Date grant approved|
Amount claimed (£) (rounded up)
|Jersey Trees for Life||Site management||October 2019||3,000|
|Annyctalus Ecology||Equipment purchase||October 2019||2,128|
|Seedy Sunday||Event||November 2019||732|
|Sangan Island Conservation||Equipment purchase||January 2020||294|
|National Trust for Jersey||Equipment purchase||January 2020||2,678|
|Individual Student||Equipment purchase||January 2020||935|
|Birds on the Edge||Equipment purchase||January 2020||1,194|
|JICAS student||Equipment purchase||May 2020||87|
|JICAS student||Training||October 2020||1,875|
|Jersey Biodiversity Centre||Equipment purchase||October 2020||1,921|
|Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust||Equipment purchase||October 2020||1,233|
|McGugan Family Trust (Charity)||Site management||April 2021||1,259|
|JICAS student||Environmental study||May 2021||155|
|JICAS student||Environmental study||April 2021||350|
|National Trust for Jersey||Site management||August 2021||875|
|National Trust for Jersey||Equipment purchase||November 2021||2,185|
|McGugan Family Trust (Charity)||Site management||April 2022||683|
|Total|| || ||21,584|
It should be noted that the ETF does not always approve the full amount requested and can approve a partial grant.
The applicant does not need to claim the total grant approved and partial payments are sometimes issued once the grant has been approved.
The table only includes grant payments that have been made as at 18 July 2022.
The names of ETF members and individual applicants have been withheld under Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
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