HS4: Scrub control on historic and archaeological features
Find out about eligibility and requirements for the scrub control on historic and archaeological features option.
How much will be paid
£137 per hectare (ha).
Where to use this option
Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier
Whole or part parcel
Only on historic and archaeological features with more than 5% scrub cover.
How this option will benefit the environment
It reduces the risk of root damage to historic and archaeological features by permanently removing the majority of scrub.
Protecting historical and archaeological features will conserve the 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:
- visible historic or archaeological features with less scrub
- very little bare soil with no burrowing animals
- a well-managed grass sward
Depending on the site’s location, this option may also help to:
- reduce diffuse pollution
- reduce soil erosion
- remove 25% of scrub on the feature every year for the first 3 years (total 75%), clearing only between 1 October and 28 February
- remove cuttings and brash
- prevent and control scrub re-growth
- maintain a continuous grass sward or vegetation cover over the features so that no more than 5% have bare patches and erosion
- make sure vehicle or stock access routes are at least 6m away from the feature (existing surfaced tracks can be used)
- ensure all necessary consents are in place to remove any mature trees
- grub out stumps and roots
- plough, cultivate or re-seed
- harrow or roll
- supplementary feed on or within 6m of the historic or archaeological feature
Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:
- consents or permissions connected with this work
- field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
On your annual claim you will be asked to declare that you haven’t carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.
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 records:
- photographs of the management undertaken
All applicants will need to send the following with their application:
- photographs of the historic and archaeological features and the extent of scrub
- a map of existing tracks
Related Mid Tier options
These options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:
- OR1 - Organic conversion - improved permanent grassland
- OR2 - Organic conversion - unimproved permanent grassland
- OT1 - Organic land management - improved permanent grassland
- OT2 - Organic land management - unimproved permanent grassland
- UP1 - Enclosed rough grazing
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.
Ways to remove scrub
Scrub can be removed by:
- using a chainsaw or strimmer
- clearing by hand
Scrub should be cut down to ground level without disturbing the roots. Make sure all cut material is removed from the site.
Control scrub regrowth
Scrub regrowth can be controlled using:
- livestock grazing
- chemicals to treat roots
Published: 2 April 2015
Updated: 10 March 2017
- Updated for 2017 applications.
- Information updated for applications in 2016.
- Update to 'keeping records' section.
- First published.