Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
EC3 Maintenance of woodland fences 4 points per 100 m

The aim of this option is to protect woodland flora and to encourage natural regeneration. Woodlands are features of historic interest and make significant contributions to the local landscape character. The option should only be placed adjacent to predominantly native woodlands, in particular ancient woodlands, and where animals are likely to graze.

Only woodlands on your land are eligible for this option. The option may not be used for woodlands that border, but do not form part of, the farm.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • Maintain fences in a stock-proof condition to ensure exclusion of livestock without damaging woodland boundary banks.
  • Exclude stock from the woodland.
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