WD6: Creation of wood pasture Grant type:OptionLand use: Priority habitats, Uplands, WoodlandTiers or standalone items:Higher TierFunding (per unit per year):£401 to £500 Contents How much will be paid How long this option lasts Where to use this option Features that can be included in this option How this option will benefit the environment Requirements Keeping records Related options Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option Further information How much will be paid£409 per hectare (ha).How long this option lastsThis option lasts for 10 years, instead of the standard 5 years for the grant scheme.Where to use this optionIt is available for Higher Tier to create new wood pasture on one of the following sites:where wood pasture was once present, including ones under arable landwhere it extends, links or buffers existing wood pasture or priority woodland habitatsFeatures that can be included in this optionYou can include the following features if they are part of the land, even if they are not eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS):rivers, streams, ditches, drains and dykes or any open water less than 4 metres (m) wideponds or inland standing water less than 100 square metresunsurfaced roads such as tracks, paths or bridlewaysscrub, woodland and other areas normally included in scrub or woodland optionsThe adviser will provide information on which features can be included.How this option will benefit the environmentIt will create new wood-pastures.If successful there will be:undisturbed standing and fallen deadwood providing habitats for invertebrates on land adjacent to that where the creation is being carried outnewly planted trees, spaced evenly with open crowns or patches of regeneration with space to allow open grown crowns to developopen grown scrub covering 10% to 20% of the wood pastureflowering trees and scrub such as hawthorn, crab apple and wild pear that will provide food and nectar sources for wildlifeenhanced grassland sward or heathlandRequirementsYou must:use grazing animals or cut to maintain areas of closely grazed turf interspersed with taller tussockskeep deadwood in or around standing trees, if any is present on siteprotect trees to prevent damage from livestock and wild animals. Manage tree guards to protect any damage to growing treesplant additional trees or encourage regeneration trees and scrublimit use of supplementary feedThe agreement will set out what you cannot do. It is likely you will not be allowed to:use pesticides, except for herbicides to spot-treat or weed-wipe for the control injurious weeds, invasive non-natives, nettles, rushes or brackenplough, cultivate or re-seed, except as part of an agreed sward enhancement programmeharrow or rollapply fertilisers or manuresmake any changes to existing drainage without having written agreement from Natural Englandsupplementary feed without agreement (except mineral blocks)Keeping recordsOn your annual claim you will be asked to declare that you haven’t carried out any activities prohibited by the option requirements.You must keep the following records and supply them on request:any bank statements, receipted invoices, consents or permissions connected with the worka monthly record of the number of grazing livestock in each parcelrecords of all management activity on the option area for each parcel, including associated invoicesphotographs of each tree entered into the optionphotographs of trees and standing and fallen deadwoodphotographs of the management takenfor sites that have previously been wood pasture, maps or photographs to show thisThe detailed requirements for this option will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.Related optionsThe following options and supplements can be located on the same area as this option:BE3 – Management of hedgerowsBE6 – Veteran tree surgeryGS15 – Haymaking supplementOR1 – Organic conversion – improved permanent grasslandOT1 – Organic land management – improved permanent grasslandSP4 – Control of invasive plant species supplementSP6 – Cattle grazing supplementSP8 – Native breeds at risk supplementSP9 – Threatened species supplementWT3 – Management of ditches of high environmental valueAdvice and suggestions for how to carry out this optionThe following advice is helpful, but they are not requirements for this item.Veterinary treatmentsAvoid veterinary treatments on livestock that graze on these sites. Chemicals from these treatments could harm the insects and fungi that are typical of wood pasture.Maintaining wood pastureUse grazing livestock, preferably traditional breed cattle, to establish and maintain the site.Planting new treesTry to:space out newly planted trees or regeneration so they are wide enough to grow an open crownpick varieties that are suitable as eventual replacements for nearby mature and veteran trees, ideally using the same genetic stockRead more about useful tree management and safety information from the Forestry Commission (FC).Further informationRead the following guidance booklets for more information on managing wood pasture with ancient or veteran trees:Ancient tree guides (booklets 1 to 8)Lonsdale, D (ed) 2013, Ancient and other veteran trees: further guidance on managementRead, H (ed) 2000 Veteran trees: A guide to good management Veteran Trees InitiativeSee the Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply. Published 2 April 2015 Last updated 13 February 2020 + show all updates 13 February 2020Page refreshed and updated. 8 March 2017Updated for 2017 applications. 29 March 2016Updated information for applications in 2016. 2 April 2015First published. Contents Related content GS8: Creation of species-rich grasslandSP8: Native breeds at risk supplementSP6: Cattle grazing supplementGS6: Management of species-rich grassland WD5: Restoration of wood pasture and parkland Source link Share thisFacebookTwitterRedditPinterestEmailLinkedInStumbleUponWhatsApp Posted in Wildfeed.