ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)
EL1 Field corner management

Although this option is designed for field corners, if you have small areas within the field which would be beneficial to take out of production, you may do so. The provision of unmanaged areas will increase the biodiversity of the farm. This option must not be located on archaeological sites.

For this option you must:

  • Patch size must be no more than 0.5 ha. You may have no more than one patch for every 10 ha of land eligible for this option and, as far as possible, they must be distributed evenly across your farm.
  • Do not apply fertiliser or manure.
  • Apply herbicides only to spot treat or weed wipe for the control of injurious weeds ((i.e. creeping or spear thistle, curled or broadleaved dock, or common ragwort), or invasive alien species (e.g. Himalayan balsam, rhododendron or Japanese knotweed).
  • You may cut only to control woody growth (and no more frequently than one year in five), so allowing scrub to develop.

EL1, 100 points per ha

ADLib logo Content provided by the Agricultural Document Library
© University of Hertfordshire, 2011