Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UPDATED in 2013
EC23 Establishment of hedgerow trees by tagging
1 point per tree

To be eligible for this option:

  • Hedgerow trees must already be a feature on the holding or in the immediate landscape.
  • A maximum number of three trees per 100 m of hedge can be established under this option. Each tree established will earn the specified number of points.
  • Hedges that are subject to this option must also be managed under one of the ELS hedgerow management options: EB1, EB2, EB3, EB8, EB9, EB10 or EB14.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • Within the first 12 months of your agreement, select a sapling with a single straight stem, ideally when the hedge has been left uncut for at least a year. Select only locally native tree species that are already successful in the hedge or immediate landscape, with the exception of elm due to the risk of Dutch elm disease.
  • Alternatively, if you cannot identify any suitable saplings, plant a sapling into an existing gap in the hedgerow. The sapling must be at least 2 m tall. Follow the species guidance detailed above.
  • Saplings should be far enough apart (at least 20 m) to allow them to develop full crowns without competing with one another. Keep trees at an irregular spacing.
  • Do not select or plant saplings beneath or within 20 m of overhead power lines, other overhead or underground services.
  • Tag each new hedgerow tree using a brightly coloured, durable material. If a tree is difficult to reach, put a tagged stick near it – in the ground or hedge. Alternatively, consider putting a permanent clearly visible stake in the hedge next to the tree.
  • Make a record of the tagged trees and show the person cutting the hedge where the trees are to ensure they are not cut or damaged for the length of the agreement.
  • Revisit the trees annually to check tags are in place, replacing the tags as necessary.
  • At the end of the agreement, there must be a living undamaged tree for each tree established under this option.
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