It protects the banks and associated historic built water-control features of designed or engineered historic water bodies. It maintains or strengthens the role of these features in water quality management.
If successful there will be:
a well-managed grass buffer with no scrub developing
a water body that contains clear water and is not over-shaded
structurally sound water control features
maintenance carried out using traditional materials and methods
Maintaining archaeological and historic features will conserve the character of the farm and protect England’s heritage for future generations. This option can also help to maintain and conserve landscape character.
establish or maintain a permanently vegetated buffer strip at least 4m wide on the perimeter or bank of the water body
establish or maintain a permanently vegetated buffer strip at least 2m wide around associated features outside the 4m buffer strip
manage the buffer strips to control woody growth and make sure there is no more than 5% bare ground
make sure that no more than 25% of the water surface is in permanent shade
control scrub and undesirable plant species so that there is no more than 5% covering the banks of the water body by year 2
remove all cut material
keep the depth, shape, profile and design of the built water body and associated engineering without alteration
keep the character of the feature in its local setting by:
carrying out maintenance works and minor repairs on structural historic or archaeological features on a ‘like-for-like’ basis
keeping and maintaining any non-traditional material that was previously used to repair or re-clad the structures
erect new fences
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
photographs of the water feature before works start, clearly showing its shape and design and all associated engineering features such as sluices, weirs, dams and other water control structures
photographs of the water feature and surrounding buffers before works start, clearly showing the extent of any areas of scrub, bracken or pernicious weeds
Historic Environment Record or Historic England consultation map
a structures maintenance record using the template provided:
at least once a year, carry out and record the results of an inspection of the water body and associated features
complete the record with a list of items needing attention and a record of repair and maintenance work that has been carried out
photographs - before and after shots each year of all maintenance works and minor repairs that have been carried out
any receipted invoices (or banks statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable), consents or permissions connected with the work
records of all management activity on the option area for each parcel
photographs of the water feature for final claim, clearly showing its shape and design and all associated engineering features such as sluices, weirs, dams and other water control structures
photographs of the water feature and surrounding buffers for final claim, clearly showing the extent of any areas of scrub, bracken or pernicious weeds
Related Mid Tier options
These options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:
Advice and suggestions 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.
Annual maintenance – the routine work needed to protect structures and features to ensure they survive should be carried out to identify and prevent the start of serious structural problems. This should help to avoid expensive restoration in the future.
Typical maintenance work can include:
regularly inspecting buffer strips to make sure no scrub is developing
making sure the buffer strips are not on compacted soil so that water can infiltrate
inspecting the water body to make sure it is clear, and inspecting associated structures to make sure they are working properly
undertaking minor repairs such as clearing vegetation from leats, sluices, hatches and dams, and repointing retaining walls
Summer is usually the best time for inspections and minor repair works, as water levels are lower and more of the water structures are visible.