HE1: Historic and archaeological feature protection

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the historic and archaeological feature protection item.

How much will be paid

Up to 100% of actual costs.

Where to use this item

Available for Higher Tier.

Only for work to conserve or protect individual historic environment features when physical work is needed to change land management practices or restore a site.

Where this item cannot be used

  • for work related to historic (roofed) buildings
  • for management plans for parklands, historic features or areas – use PA2 - Feasibility study
  • for work previously funded under an agri-environment scheme

How this item will benefit the environment

It is for physical works that directly relate to conserving or protecting historic environment features in the landscape. This will help the long-term survival of historic and archaeological features.


  • agree a specification with Natural England and then send at least 3 written quotations identifying all associated costs for completing the work in line with the specification
  • agree the selected quotation with Natural England
  • complete the work as set out in the approved specification within the agreed time
  • get any relevant consents before carrying out the work, such as scheduled monument consent from Historic England or listed building consent from the local planning authority

Keeping records

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

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • 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 to show completed works
  • a detailed specification

Applicants will need to send the following with their application:

  • the 3 quotes for completion of the work
  • photographs of the feature
  • item specification if required

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.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

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

Historic and archaeological features

Some historic environment features or areas are suffering from damage or loss. A land management option alone may not be enough, or may not be suitable, to make the management changes needed to protect the feature from further harm. The feature may also need restoration work.

This item supports this by funding work such as:

  • moving fence lines or all-terrain vehicle tracks if they currently run across an archaeological site
  • moving feed sites and restoring the surface
  • clearing vegetation and restoring eroded surfaces
  • consolidating structures, such as ruins or bridges, that are not eligible for HE2 - Historic building restoration
  • de-silting designed water-bodies
  • archaeological excavation, if it is needed to preserve ‘by record’ known archaeology which would be affected by agreed management on the site.

Information on the location of Scheduled Monuments, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields and listed buildings, as well as undesignated historic and archaeological features can be found on:

Complex sites

There is no standard specification for this item as all work will need to be tailored to the individual site. For complex situations or sites a management plan may be required and can be funded through PA2 - Feasibility study.

Further information

Further information can be found from Historic England’s Farming the historic landscape booklet.   ##Further information

See the Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.