Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UPDATED in 2013
EB12 Earth bank management on both sides
EB13 Earth bank management on one side
14 points per 100 m
7 points per 100 m

Earthbanks provide a valuable wildlife habitat as well as being important historic and landscape features

These options aim to maintain and protect earth and turf-faced banks. These banks are important landscape and historic features, often containing valuable below-ground archaeological deposits. They also provide potentially important habitats for invertebrates, reptiles, birds and small mammals.

These options only apply to complete sections of earth and turf-faced banks that are at least 1 m in height. For EB12, you must have control over the management of both sides of the bank. If you have control of the land adjacent to only one side of the bank, you must use EB13. Flood banks and warp banks are not eligible for these options.

Where there is hedge growth on top of the bank, you may also apply for options EB1, EB2, EB3 or EB14 where they meet the necessary criteria.

For these options, you must comply with the following:

  • Protect earth banks from deterioration. Repair gaps where these occur during the course of the agreement.
  • Do not repair gaps using earth from an existing boundary or any other archaeological feature.
  • Prevent damage to gateways and banks by machinery or stock. Where stock have damaged such features, prevent further damage by making the features stock-proof.
  • All repair and maintenance work must be carried out in the traditional style characteristic of the local area and used in the original earth bank construction.
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