Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2010 (NE226)
EB1    Hedgerow management on both sides of a hedge
EB2    Hedgerow management on one side of a hedge

22 points per 100 m
11 points per 100 m

For these options, you must comply with the following:

  • Maintain hedgerows to a height and width customary to the local landscape, but not less than 1.5 m in height (except when laid or coppiced as part of a regular management cycle).
  • Do not cultivate or apply fertilisers, manures or pesticides to land within 2 m of the centre of the hedge.
  • Maintain hedgebanks in a style that is customary to the area. Where a bank is present, measure the height of the hedgerow from the top of the bank.
  • Cut each hedgerow no more than once every 2 calendar years. Do not cut all hedgerows managed under this option in the same year.
  • Do not cut hedgerows during the bird breeding season (1 March to 31 August).
  • Where already present, you may leave saplings to grow into hedgerow trees at intervals, for example four trees randomly spaced over 200 m, where this fits in with the local landscape character.
  • Take care to minimise poaching by livestock and any channelling of surface run-off along the side of the hedgerow.
  • Hedge laying and coppicing are permitted in a style customary to the local landscape, but should be completed before 1 March. However, in exceptional circumstances, work may continue up to 1 April, provided you conduct a survey to ensure that there are no nesting birds present.
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