Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UPDATED in 2013
EB1 Hedgerow management on both sides of a hedge
EB2 Hedgerow management on one side of a hedge
22 points per 100 m
11 points per 100 m

For these options, you must comply with the following:

  • Maintain hedgerows to a height of no less than 1.5 m (except when laid or coppiced as part of a regular management cycle).
  • Do not cultivate or apply fertilisers, manures or pesticides to land within 2 m of the centre of the hedge.
  • Maintain hedgebanks in a style that is customary to the area. Where a bank is present, measure the height of the hedgerow from the top of the bank.
  • Cut each hedgerow no more than once every two calendar years. Do not cut all hedgerows managed under this option in the same year.
  • Do not cut hedgerows during the bird-breeding season (1 March to 31 August).
  • Where already present, you may leave saplings to grow into hedgerow trees at intervals, for example four trees randomly spaced over 200 m, where this fits in with the local landscape character.
  • Where a length of hedge managed under the option has more than 10 per cent gaps, in the first two years of the agreement plant up gaps with locally native shrubs typical of the hedge to achieve a hedge which has no more than 10 per cent gaps.
  • Take care to minimise poaching by livestock and any channelling of surface run-off along the side of the hedgerow.
  • Hedge laying and coppicing are permitted in a style customary to the local landscape, but should be completed before 1 March. However, in exceptional circumstances, work may continue up to 1 April, provided you conduct a survey to ensure that there are no nesting birds present.
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