Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
ED4 Management of scrub on archaeological features 120 points per ha

Trees and shrubs can be very damaging to archaeological features, particularly buried deposits, as a result of disturbance by root penetration, by wind throw or by attracting burrowing animals or sheltering stock. This option helps to prevent expansion of scrub.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • Where scrub is present on an archaeological feature, prevent its further encroachment by grazing and/ or mowing.
  • To avoid disturbance to nesting birds, do not remove scrub between 1 March and 31 August.
  • Prevent the spread of weeds, shrubs, saplings or scrub, to avoid damage by roots.
  • Avoid using heavy machinery and ensure that works do not disturb the ground.
  • If you are carrying out scrub clearance, do not grub out stumps and roots, but cut (or grind down) stumps level with the land surface. Prevent vegetation regrowth.
  • Remove cuttings or brash from the feature.
  • Do not tip, dump or burn any material on the feature.
  • Do not plough or re-seed.
An example of a site that would benefit from scrub clearance
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