Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2010 (NE226)
EE1    2 m buffer strips on cultivated land
EE2    4 m buffer strips on cultivated land
300 points per ha
400 points per ha

For these options, you must comply with the following:

  • Establish or maintain a grassy strip during the first 12 months of your agreement, either by sowing or, ideally, by natural regeneration. Remove any compaction in the topsoil if you need to prepare a seedbed, except on archaeological features. Regular cutting in the first 12-24 months may be needed to control annual weeds and encourage grasses to tiller. Avoid cutting when the soil is moist, to prevent further compaction.
  • Do not apply any fertilisers or manures.
  • Only apply herbicides to spot-treat or weed-wipe for the control of injurious weeds (ie creeping and spear thistles, curled and broad-leaved docks or common ragwort) or invasive non-native species (eg Himalayan balsam, rhododendron or Japanese knotweed).
  • After the first 12-24 months of your agreement, cut buffer strips only to control woody growth, and no more than once in every 2 years.
  • Do not use buffer strips for regular vehicular access, turning or storage. There should be no tracks, compacted areas or poaching.

2m margin to buffer the hedge.

4 m margin between access track and hedge.


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