Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UPDATED in 2013
EE1 2 m buffer strips on cultivated land
EE2 4 m buffer strips on cultivated land
255 points per ha
340 points per ha

For these options, you must comply with the following:

  • Establish or maintain a grassy strip during the first 12 months of your agreement, either by sowing or, ideally, by natural regeneration. Remove any compaction in the topsoil if you need to prepare a seedbed, except on archaeological features. Regular cutting in the first 12–24 months may be needed to control annual weeds and encourage grasses to tiller. Avoid cutting when the soil is moist, to prevent further compaction. Do not apply any fertilisers or manures.
  • Only apply herbicides to spot-treat or weed-wipe for the control of injurious weeds (ie creeping and spear thistles, curled and broad-leaved docks or common ragwort) or invasive non-native species (eg Himalayan balsam, rhododendron or Japanese knotweed).
  • After the first 12–24 months of your agreement, cut buffer strips only to control woody growth, and no more than once in every 2 years.
  • Do not use buffer strips for regular vehicular access, turning or storage. There should be no tracks, compacted areas or poaching.

2m margin to buffer the hedge

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