Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2010 (NE226)
EB3    Enhanced hedgerow management

42 points per 100 m

This option is only available where you have control of the management of both sides of the hedge.

In addition to the conditions for EB1 and EB2 (see above), you must also comply with the following:

  • Maintain hedgerows to a height and width customary to the local landscape, but no less than 2 m in height (except when laid or coppiced as part of a regular management cycle).
  • Cut each hedgerow no more than once every 3 calendar years, cutting no more than a third of your hedgerows each year.

Figure 4 - Enhanced hedgerow management, shown on the right, results in a taller and bushier hedge.
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