This Friday, 1st March 2019, sees the start of the closed period that places a ban on cutting and trimming hedgerows and trees under cross compliance.
Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) 7a: Boundaries and 7c: Trees prevents all Basic Payment Scheme claimants, Countryside Stewardship agreement holders and Environmental Stewardship claimants from cutting/trimming hedges and trees between 1st March and 31st August (inclusive) on all eligible land in agricultural use. Those found to be in breach of these rules could see a financial penalty applied to their BPS or stewardship payments. Countryside Stewardship option BE3 further restricts the cutting of hedges within this period – check you agreement for detailed information.
However these cross compliance don’t apply to roadside hedges. Landowners and occupiers have a legal duty to control the growth of roadside hedges and trees, so as not to restrict visibility or otherwise obstruct the highway.
For further information about the hedge cutting rules or any other cross compliance requirements, please contact the WebbPaton office on 01793 842055.