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The Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Radnor) Designation Order 1993

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1.  As regards all land which is the subject of an agreement

(1) the farmer shall maintain existing hedges, walls, fences and banks using traditional methods and materials;

(2) the farmer shall not remove any existing hedges, walls, fences (other than wire fences), banks or hedgerow trees;

(3) the farmer shall not construct new hedges, walls, fences or banks without the prior approval of the Secretary of State;

(4) the farmer shall not apply to any field boundary or to a strip of land at least two metres wide which is adjacent to such a boundary—

(a)lime or any other substance designed to reduce the acidity of the soil, or

(b)inorganic or organic fertiliser, fungicides or insecticides;

(5) the farmer shall not apply herbicides to any field boundary or to a strip of land at least two metres wide which is adjacent to such a boundary, except to control bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) , nettles (Urtica dioica) , spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) , creeping or field thistle (Cirsium arvense) , curled dock (Rumex crispus) , broadleaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) , ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) and Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria Japonica) and then only by spot treatment or weed wiper and in the case of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) by overall spray treatment;

(6) the farmer shall conserve and maintain all existing lakes, ponds and streams;

(7) the farmer shall in farming the land ensure that he does not damage or destroy any features of archaeological or historic interest;

(8) the farmer shall not remove any scrub or broadleaved trees without the prior approval of the Secretary of State;

(9) the farmer shall, before planting any trees for agricultural purposes, obtain written advice from a person or body designated by the Secretary of State on the siting and management of those trees;

(10) the farmer shall not remove any rocks from rock outcrops;

(11) the farmer shall maintain any weatherproof traditional farm buildings for which he is responsible in a weatherproof condition using traditional materials or other materials the use of which has been approved by the Secretary of State;

(12) the farmer shall obtain from the Secretary of State written advice concerning siting, design and materials before constructing or altering buildings or roads or undertaking any other engineering or construction works which do not require prior notification determination by the local planning authority under the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988(1), or planning permission;

(13) the farmer shall control pests in a lawful manner.


S.I. 1988/1813. The relevant amending instrument is S.I. 1991/2805.

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