Devon field boundaries: restoration standards for agri-environment schemes (TIN039)

Boundary restoration


Bank restoration with hedge restoration

Agri-environment scheme capital grants are often given for restoring banks in conjunction with hedge restoration, which includes hedge laying, hedge coppicing and gapping up with new plants. Banks must not be restored at the expense of the hedge growth on top of them. It is important to ensure that the hedge growth will make a full recovery when bank restoration work is complete, by not burying coppiced or laid stems below a great volume of soil.

Please note:
  • Restoration to banks with hedges must not be carried out between 1 March - 31st July, ie during the bird nesting season.
  • Care must be taken when restoring walls or banks around mature trees, so as not to damage their roots with machinery.
  • Do not attempt earth bank restoration in periods of drought or very wet weather as this will result in an unstable structure.
  • All healthy mature hedgerow trees should be left in situ (please see Hedgerow tree section).
  • Restoring an existing, or creating a new, turf bank is skilled work. If you do not have the necessary skills to complete the work to the required standard, we recommend that you employ a reputable contractor.

Gateways

If gateways are to be widened during any kind of wall or bank restoration, or a new opening created, you should consult either the relevant National Park Authority or the Local Planning Authority in relation to the Hedgerow Regulations and any Planning Permission that may be needed.

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