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Cross Compliance 2015: GAEC 7 – Hedge Cutting

The RPA has announced that if a farmer needs to drill Oil Seed Rape or Temporary Grass to a field, it is possible to apply to the RPA for a derogation in respect of the hedge cutting ban.  Under GAEC (Hedge Cutting) you cannot cut hedgerows until after 31st August, this was extended from 31st July.

To make use of this derogation, a farmer needs to apply in writing to the RPA with the field numbers and the crop to be drilled in each of the affected fields.  The correspondence should be clearly marked “Cross Compliance Derogation”.  If the RPA approves the application, the farmer should then be able to cut back parts of the hedge(s) that he may not then be able to access once the crop is established.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the BPS Team below to talk through any queries.

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[team-member name=”Lucinda Riddell”]

[team-member name=”Phil Scott-Priestley”]
[team-member name=”Will Parker”]

[team-member name=”John Wallis”]

[team-member name=”Alexander Morrison”]

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