English farmers can apply for derogation to cut hedges in August

Posted by ChantelleStenner on August 5, 2019

English farmers can apply for derogation to cut hedges in August

August 05, 2019 at 3:21 PM

Farmers in England planning to sow oilseed rape or temporary grass late summer early autumn may be eligible for a Hedge Cutting Derogation to allow hedge cutting to commence in August rather than September, the date permitted under cross compliance. 

“You can apply for derogation from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and you must receive this permission before carrying out any work and make sure you follow any conditions,” said Kathryn Williams, director of Davis Meade Property Consultants. 

The correspondence to the RPA via letter or email should be clearly marked ‘Cross compliance derogation’. It should contain the following information:  

·         Claimant name and address   

·         SBI number (ELS/HLS/CS agreement number if applicable)

·         Field reference numbers – if you wish to cut both sides of a hedge, you will need to
          
list both field reference numbers

·         Confirmation that you wish to sow oilseed rape and/or temporary grassland on these
           parcels in August

·         Clearly state which scheme options you are asking for a derogation from.  

“You can also send any available evidence, such as photographs or diagrams,” she said.

Apply via email: ruralpayments@defra.gsi.gov.uk  or via post at RPA, PO Box 352, Worksop S80 9FG

 For further information contact Kathryn Williams at DMPC on 01691 659658 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

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