Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
ELS10_3_2_EC24
EC25 Hedgerow tree buffer strips on grassland 400 points per ha

This option is only available on permanent grassland.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • On fields that will be mown, leave an uncut 6 m buffer strip around the edge. Graze this buffer strip along with the aftermath, following the final cut.
  • Do not allow livestock to poach or overgraze the buffer strip.
  • Do not use buffer strips for regular vehicular access, turning or storage. There should be no tracks, compacted areas or poaching.
  • 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 months of the agreement, cut buffer strips only to control woody growth, and no more than once every 2 years.
  • Do not remove tree limbs, including the lower limbs, other than for health and safety reasons where adjacent to a public highway or right of way.
  • Leave fallen timber beneath the canopy. Stack if necessary to allow management of the buffer strip.
  • Do not allow stock to damage the trunks of any hedgerow trees adjacent to the buffer strip.
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