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City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Act 2018

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5Land management

(1)The Corporation may, if it appears to the Corporation to be necessary or expedient for the proper management or husbandry of the land forming part of an open space and its flora and fauna, undertake—

(a)the cutting, felling, lopping, chipping, mulching, swaling, cultivation or collection of any trees, pollards, gorse, heather, turf, grass or other shrubs, crops or herbage;

(b)the scraping of soil; and

(c)the grazing of cattle or other animals.

(2)In relation to Epping Forest, the Corporation must, in respect of each year in which the grazing of animals is proposed under subsection (1)—

(a)take reasonable steps to ascertain the extent to which the relevant rights of common are likely to be exercised in that year; and

(b)ensure that a sufficient area of land is maintained so as to allow for the exercise of those rights to the extent so ascertained.

(3)In subsection (2), “relevant rights of common” means such of the rights mentioned in section 5 of the Epping Forest Act 1878 as are liable to be affected by the proposed grazing.

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