Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2010 (NE226)
EB11    Stone wall protection and maintenance
15 points per 100 m

You must have control over the management of both sides of the wall. Stone walls of all types are important for stock management and as landscape and historic features. They are also potentially important habitats for lichens, mosses and ferns, invertebrates, reptiles, birds and small mammals.

This option can only apply to complete walls or complete sections of walls (ie walls still at their original height and with their coping stones in place). Stone walls must be built of natural materials and must be of traditional dry-stone wall construction. Mortar may be used when it is the traditional method of stone walling.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • Protect stone walls from deterioration. Repair gaps where these occur during the course of your agreement.
  • Carry out all repair and maintenance work in the traditional materials used in the original wall construction, following the style characteristic of the local landscape and using appropriately shaped and sized local natural stone. Any existing features such as sheep creeps and stone gate posts must be retained.
  • Do not remove any in situ stone from walls.

Stone walls are important features in many parts of the country.
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