Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
EB7 Half ditch management 8 points per 100 m

This option is available for ditches as described above for option EB6 where you only have control over the management of one side of the ditch.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • You may only cut the vegetation on your ditch banks in the period between 15 September and 28 February.
  • In each such period, you may only cut the vegetation on no more than half the length of ditch bank.
  • You must not cultivate or apply fertilisers or pesticides to land within 2 m of the centre of the ditch. This rule also applies to all land within 1 m of the top of your ditch bank.
  • Only use mechanical means (including hand tools) to clean your ditches or trim the vegetation on the ditch bank.
  • Any dredgings or spoil must be spread evenly across the adjacent field, at least 2 m from the centre of the ditch and 1 m from the top of the bank (to comply with cross compliance rules) and the bank-side vegetation re-established by natural regeneration. Wherever practicable, avoid disposing of dredgings or spoil on areas managed under Environmental Stewardship. If it is spread on land managed under an Environmental Stewardship option, you must make sure the management requirements for the option are still met.
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