Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
ELS10_3_2_ED5
ED5 Management of archaeological features on grassland 16 points per ha

Well-managed permanent grassland is the best agricultural management option for archaeological features and pastoral landscapes, such as ridge and furrow, to conserve them for present and future generations. This option may be claimed on the whole field even where the archaeological feature covers only a part of the field. This option is not available on land parcels larger than 15 ha above the Moorland Line.

For this option, you must comply with the following:

  • Maintain a continuous grass sward and do not allow bare patches of soil to develop (for example, by considering carefully the regular routing and rotation of stock movements and gathering points such as water troughs).
  • Do not supplementary feed on, or next to, the archaeological feature.
  • Control weed growth and prevent scrub development.
  • Minimise the use of heavy vehicles on the feature, particularly in wet weather, to prevent damage caused by wheel rutting and compaction.
  • Do not tip or dump any material on the feature.
  • Do not harrow or roll earthworks (including ridge and furrow).
  • Do not locate water troughs, mineral licks etc, in such a way as to cause poaching on, or next to, the archaeological feature.
  • Do not plough or re-seed.

 
Maintaining land as permanent pasture preserves archaeology

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