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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 paragraphs 7 and 9, 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 that part of the field in question in the previous year;
(b)shall, subject to paragraphs 8, 13 and 14, 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 1996; 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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