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

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Cutting or destruction of the green cover

6.—(1) In each field or part of a field to which one of the options mentioned in paragraph 1(1) is applied, a farmer shall either –

(a)subject to sub-paragraph (2), cut the green cover between 15th July and 15th August during the current set-aside period; or

(b)destroy the green cover between 15th July and 31st August during the current set-aside period.

(2) A farmer may (where he cuts the green cover in a field or part of a field in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a)) –

(a)leave uncut a strip of green cover up to 2 metres wide by way of margin bordering any hedgerow, woodland or watercourse; and

(b)in the case of a field which is to be set aside in the following year, leave uncut a further 25% of the area set aside in that field, provided that any area left uncut in accordance with this paragraph which has also been left uncut in the previous two years in accordance with this paragraph (or paragraph 7(2)(b) of Schedule 2 to the Arable Area Payments Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997) is cut in accordance with sub-paragraph (1) in the following year.

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