Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2010 (NE226)
EB4    Stone-faced hedgebank management on both sides
EB5    Stone-faced hedgebank management on one side
16 points per 100 m
8 points per 100 m

Where there is hedge growth on top of the bank, you may also apply for options EB1, EB2 or EB3 where they meet the necessary criteria.

For these options, you must comply with the following:

  • Protect stone-faced banks from deterioration and repair gaps where these occur during the course of the agreement.
  • Prevent damage to stone-faced gateways and to banks by machinery or by stock climbing. Where stock have damaged such features, prevent further damage by making the features stock-proof.
  • Do not remove any in situ stone from banks.
  • All repair and maintenance work must be carried out in the traditional materials used in the original hedgebank construction, following the style characteristic to the local landscape.
  • Do not cast up ditch dredging or spoil over stone-faced banks.

As well as supporting a range of wildlife, stone-faced hedgebanks are important landscape features.
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