OT6: Organic land management - enclosed rough grazing

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the organic land management - enclosed rough grazing option.

How much will be paid

£8 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this option

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Whole parcel

Only on:

  • land registered as ‘in conversion’ or ‘fully organic’ by a Defra-licensed organic control body
  • rough grazing in enclosed parcels that are:

    • less than 15ha
    • within a severely disadvantaged area (SDA)
    • above the moorland line

Where this option cannot be used

  • on the same area as any other organic land management or conversion option

How this option will benefit the environment

Maintains organic management of enclosed rough grazing parcels no greater than 15ha within the SDA and above the moorland line. This creates a wide range of environmental and public goods.

If successful applicants should see these benefits increase and organic management maintained.


Comply with organic standards for the life of the agreement. For land in conversion, comply with organic standards from the start of organic conversion to the end of the agreement.

Keeping records

All agreement holders will need to supply a valid organic certificate and schedule with their annual payment claims.

For any land in conversion - agreement holders who submitted a viability plan with their application must start their organic conversion process and submit a copy of the conversion plan (agreed with the organic control body) with their first payment claim. Agreement holders will need to keep up to date and supply on request a conversion plan that has been approved by an organic control body.

Applicants will have to send a valid organic certificate and schedule for all the parcels entered into this option with their application.

For any land in conversion, applicants will have to send with their application, either:

  • a copy of the conversion plan agreed with the organic control body; or
  • a fully completed viability plan

The following options 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.

Permanent ineligible features may be eligible as part of the option area if registered with a control body.

Further information

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

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 29 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  2. First published.