in Mid Tier this option can only be used on Scheduled Monuments on arable land or temporary grassland
in Mid Tier this option can only be used with the written approval of Historic England as confirmed on your Historic Environment FER (HEFER) consultation response
in Higher Tier this option can be used on Scheduled Monuments where approved by Historic England and on historic or archaeological features identified in your HEFER.
Where this option cannot be used
where historic or archaeological earthworks are known to survive
where soil movement or loss has been identified as a problem
How this option will benefit the environment
It reduces damage to historic and archaeological features under cultivation by using non-inversion (minimum tillage) machinery and shallower cultivation depths.
Protecting historic and archaeological features will conserve the historic character of the farm and protect England’s heritage for future generations. This option may also maintain and conserve landscape character.
If successful there will be a soil surface with no evidence of:
subsoil (which indicates a deeper cultivation depth)
freshly disturbed archaeological remains, such as pottery, burnt flint, flint tools, animal and human bone and building stone and tile
use non-inversion (minimum tillage) machinery to reduce cultivation depths
make sure that vehicle or stock access routes are at least 6m away from the feature (existing surfaced tracks can be used)
agree with Natural England in writing all drainage works, including modification to existing drainage, before any works take place
ensure that the following field operations do not go deeper than 15cm:
grow the following crops on the option area:
root and tuber crops, (excluding non-harvestable root crops such as grazed fodder beet and forage turnips)
short rotation coppice
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
consents or permissions connected with this work
You should also be aware that at the start of each claim year, a percentage of agreement holders will be asked to take and submit the following photographic evidence:
photographs of the management undertaken
All applicants must submit the following with the application.
land drainage maps
a map of existing tracks
written approval for the use of the option from Historic England
Related Mid Tier options
These options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option: