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The Areas of Natural Constraint Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Regulation 5(c)

SCHEDULE 1ELIGIBLE LAND USE CODES

Column 1Column 2
FR1Grass (grass for grazing, hay and silage, rough grazing, grazed heather, sainfoin, clover, lucerne and forage vetches.
OT3

Non-commercial grazed orchards, grazed woodlands or areas in agroforestry.

Grazed woodland or grazed orchards with more than 50 trees per hectare may be considered eligible if:

  • the tree density does not exceed 50 trees per hectare; and

  • agricultural activities can be carried out in a similar way compared to a situation where trees are not present i.e. the trees have no significant impact on agricultural activity.

If there are single trees, a line of trees or a small clump of trees with grazing available right up to the trees, no deduction needs to be made for the tree trunks.

Agroforestry is having agriculture and tree growing on the same land. Agroforestry is eligible in the initial stages of tree establishment if agricultural activities remain predominant and are not significantly affected by the presence of the trees.

Regulation 6

SCHEDULE 2PAYMENT RATES PER HECTARE

Column 1Column 2
1. Severely disadvantaged land (including common land) up to and including 200 hectares per holding£56.47
2. Severely disadvantaged land (including common land) above 200 hectares per holding£42.35

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