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: