FG5: Fencing supplement - difficult sites

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the fencing supplement - difficult sites supplement.

How much will be paid

£1.24 per metre (m).

Where to use this supplement

Available for Higher Tier and Woodland Creation Grant.

Only with:

How this supplement will benefit the environment

If successful this supplement will help control livestock, protect environmental features and help to manage habitats on difficult sites.


Agreement holders are likely to need to:

  • complete the associated fencing to the relevant standard
  • agree a specification for the works with Natural England
  • complete the works as set out in the approved specification

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • photographs of the existing site
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Higher Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs of the completed work

The detailed requirements for this item will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Higher Tier applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.

This supplement can be used on the same length as the following supplements:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this supplement

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.

Pick the right location

This use of this item is justified where the site being fenced:

  • is remote
  • cannot be accessed by vehicles
  • is on steep slopes
  • is prone to flooding or waterlogged for large parts of the year
  • is in need of a lot of ground preparation

Further information

See Higher Tier manual or woodland creation grant manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 18 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Capital item now includes woodland.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.