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The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Set-aside) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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The under 10 metre strips option

5.—(1) In each part of a field to be managed in accordance with the under 10 metre strips option, a farmer –

(a)shall, subject to sub-paragraph (2) and paragraph 7, establish a green cover by the start of the current green cover season –

(i)by sowing seed of a relevant kind; or

(ii)by allowing natural regeneration following the last crop which was produced on the part of a field in question in the previous year;

(b)shall, subject to paragraphs 8, 12 and 13, maintain the green cover until the end of the relevant period; and

(c)shall cut the green cover at least once during the current year, except that he may leave uncut a strip of green cover up to 2 metres wide by way of margin bordering any hedgerow, woodland or watercourse.

(2) The requirement to establish a green cover in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a) shall not apply in 2005 where –

(a)the field or part of a field was set aside in 2004 pursuant to Article 6 of Council Regulation 1251/1999 and was managed during that year in accordance with the field margins option set out in paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the Arable Area Payments Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997; and

(b)the green cover established in accordance with the requirements of that option has been maintained until the beginning of the current green cover season.

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