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No Spread Zones (GAEC 19)

Effective from 1st  January 2012

As well as existing SMRs and standards of GAEC, this new requirement comes into effect under cross compliance from 1 January 2012.

The aim of these rules is to protect water against pollution and run-off from agricultural sources. They apply to you if you apply manufactured nitrogen fertiliser and organic manure (1).

A. You must not

  1. apply manufactured nitrogen (inorganic) fertiliser within 2 metres of surface water (2);
  2. apply organic manure within 10 metres of surface water, except on land managed for breeding wader birds or as species rich semi-natural grassland and under certain other restrictions;
  3. apply organic manure within 50 metres of a spring, well or borehole.

If you apply organic manure

B. You must

1. Produce and keep a map (3) of your holding showing:

  • all surface waters on your holding and land within 10 metres of them;
  • all springs, wells and boreholes on your holding, and within 50 metres of the boundary of your holding, and land within 50 metres of them;

2. Update the map with any changes within 3 months from the date of the change.

If you have land in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone and you are meeting the requirements under SMR 4 Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) you will also meet the rules under this standard in respect of that land.


Lucinda Clifford, GSC Grays Barnard Castle Office Tel: 01833 637000

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