It is available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier on whole or part parcels.
In Mid Tier you can use this option only:
on Scheduled Monuments on arable land or temporary grassland
with the written approval of Historic England as confirmed on your Historic Environment FER (HEFER) consultation response
In Higher Tier you can use this option:
on Scheduled Monuments where approved by Historic England and on historic or archaeological features identified in your HEFER
Where this option cannot be used
On land already receiving funding for Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) declared for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
How this option will benefit the environment
It protects historic and archaeological features from damaging cultivation practices.
Depending on land use and location it may also:
reduce diffuse pollution
reduce soil erosion
Protecting historic 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.
use shallow cultivation on arable land to establish a grass or flower mixture
re-seed temporary grassland by slot seeding, making sure not to damage the existing sward
maintain a continuous grass sward over the feature
make sure 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
plough on earthwork sites when establishing grass or flower mixtures
harrow or roll
supplementary feed within 6m of the option area
allow scrub or bracken growth on the option area
You must submit the following with your application:
a map of existing tracks - you can mark these on any map, including your Farm Environment Record (FER)
On your annual claim you must declare that you have not carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.
You must keep the following records and supply them on request:
field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
written approval for the option from Historic England
Related Mid Tier options
You can locate these options and supplements on the same area as this option: