|Key dates to be aware of. |
1 February For any land located in an Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ), from this date you can apply organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland and tillage land on all soil types if conditions are suitable and you adhere to the quantity restrictions for applying these manures. This is also subject to compliance with the Farming Rules for Water and there is agronomic justification. (SMR* 1)
28 February For any land located in an NVZ, this date is the end for quantity restrictions for applying organic manures with a high, readily available nitrogen content. This is subject to compliance with the Farming Rules for Water and there is agronomic justification. (SMR 1)
1 March You must not cut or trim hedges or trees from this date, but you can carry out hedge and tree coppicing and hedge laying from 1 March until 30 April. Fruit and nut trees in orchards, or trees acting as windbreaks in orchards, vineyards, hop yards or hop gardens are not included in the ban. (GAEC** 7a and GAEC 7c)
* SMR = Statutory Management Requirements
** GAEC = Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition
For more details about the information provided in the key dates table, please visit the Guide to cross compliance in England 2022 page of GOV.UK.