ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)
EL5 Enclosed rough grazing

This option is only available on LFA land in parcels of less than 15 ha.

Commonly known as allotments, intakes or newtakes, these are areas of enclosed land of less than 15 ha used exclusively for grazing, of which the majority has not been drained, re-seeded or regularly cultivated. They have received only minimal applications of fertiliser, lime, slag or pesticides. They will contain predominantly semi-natural vegetation, usually of moorland grasses and rushes, and sometimes rocky and very wet areas. They may also contain small areas of agriculturally improved land.

For this option you must:

  • Do not apply fertiliser, manure, lime or slag.
  • Do not cultivate.
  • Do not supplementary feed.
  • Do not increase your existing stocking level.
  • Protect permanently waterlogged wetlands, including peat bogs and other mires, and hillside flushes. Do not install any new land drainage or modify any existing land drainage, or remove any peat or sediment.
  • Do not remove rocks, scree or mineral spoil.
  • 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). Bracken should be controlled by mechanical means wherever possible. Where this is not possible, asulam is the only permitted herbicide to be used.

EL5, 35 points per ha

Enclosed rough grazing
Defra (Robert Goodison)

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