Advice and suggestion for how to carry out this option
The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option.
How to achieve the best results
Water infiltration on the grass strip will be improved through appropriate management of the adjoining land. Strips will trap sediment better if large volumes of overland flow are not coming from surrounding land.
This option can be used at the margins of fields that are vulnerable to erosion to capture sediment or materials carried in runoff water.
Creating breaks, such as hedgerows and woodland, on long, steep slopes will complement the grass strips.
How to choose a site
The grass strip should be created:
on natural drainage pathways (eg the bottom of a valley) - to stop runoff water from creating rills and gullies
on long, sloping fields, with the strip placed parallel to the slope and alternated with wide, cultivated strips - to slow runoff water and trap sediment and organic material
not overlapping a public right of way (such as a footpath or bridleway)
How to manage the grass strip
remove any subsoil compaction where required to prepare a seedbed, except on archaeological features
control weeds and cut regularly in the first 12 to 24 months of establishment to encourage grasses to tiller
avoid cutting when the soil is wet, to prevent compaction
the buffer strip should remain in place and not be re-sown for the duration of the agreement