Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2010 (NE226)
ELS10_3_2_EB8/EB9/EB10
Combined hedge and ditch management options
EB8    (incorporating EB1 hedgerow management)
EB9    (incorporating EB2 hedgerow management)
EB10  (incorporating EB3 Enhanced hedgerow management)


38 points per 100 m
26 points per 100 m
56 points per 100 m

These options are available for hedgerows with a ditch that meets the eligibility criteria of EB6 or 7 immediately alongside. You must have control over the management of adjacent land on both sides of the hedge and ditch. The aim is to establish a diverse hedgerow, bank side and aquatic vegetation.

You must apply for these options (EB8, EB9 and EB10) where you have a hedge alongside a ditch and you wish to manage both under the scheme (ie you cannot combine individual hedge or ditch options).

For these options, you must follow the conditions for:

  • EB1, EB2 or EB3, depending on whether you are managing one side of your hedge or both sides, and EB6.

In addition, you must comply with the following:

  • On the non-hedgerow side of the ditch, you must not cultivate or apply fertilisers or pesticides to the land within 2 m of the centre of the ditch. This rule also applies to all land within 1 m of the top of the ditch bank.
  • If you are managing both sides of the hedgerow, you must leave uncultivated land extending 2 m from the centre of the hedgerow on the non-ditch side of the hedgerow. You must not apply fertilisers, manures or pesticides to this land.
  • Take care to minimise hedge trimmings entering the ditch. Ensure that all hedge trimmings that would otherwise restrict flow are removed.

Figure 5 - Combined hedge and ditch management.
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