This capital item is available for the eradication of scrub or woody vegetation identified in a management plan There are 3 categories of scrub or woody vegetation and each has its own standard cost rate. The category of vegetation cover is defined by the nature of the scrub and the work required to clear it.
Light scrub or woody vegetation is young and/or small in height. You are able to walk through it easily and the scrub stems are typically no more than 7.5 cm (3") thick. A scrubcutter or clearing saw is the most appropriate tool to use.
Intermediate scrub or woody vegetation is vegetation which you can walk through but with some difficulty. A chainsaw, rather than a scrubcutter or clearing saw, is the most appropriate tool to use.
Heavy scrub or woody vegetation is either old or dense vegetation, for example: gorse and hawthorn. You will find this category of vegetation very difficult to walk through and it will require significant effort to remove. A chainsaw is the appropriate hand tool to use.
For all categories of scrub or woody vegetation:
You should cut the vegetation as low as possible to the ground to reduce the likelihood of re-growth. Alternatively a machine can be used to uproot the vegetation.
If you use a flail, then it must be designed to cut and mulch the vegetation. Flails can be fitted on tracked excavators, walking excavators and tractor-mounted PTO drives. You will need to inspect for scrub regrowth each summer in order to determine whether or not you need to carry out further control work.
The payment for this capital item covers not only the initial cutting and burning but also all subsequent work to ensure no re-growth from the cut stools. Regrowth can be vigorous and you should treat any re-growth with herbicide before it becomes too large to treat with manually-operated applicators. A second application of herbicide may be required on some sites.
You will need to inspect for scrub regrowth each summer in order to determine whether or not you need to carry out further control work.
Chemical control can also be carried out where the mechanised or manual removal of the vegetation is unsuitable or the removal of the vegetation from the site is not required to fulfil your objectives. This includes stem injection of herbicide to kill off established vegetation.
The drill and injection method is best used in larger vegetation where access to the stem is possible to allow drilling. The stem should be drilled below the last fork and as close to the main root system as possible to create a hole that will contain all the herbicide solution. Chemical control can also be by weed wiping or spot spraying.
With the eradication of intermediate or heavy scrub, you should treat cut stumps immediately with an appropriate chemical to prevent subsequent regrowth. You can help ensure complete coverage by marking treated stumps with a water-soluble coloured dye.
Removal from the site of the cut or uprooted scrub or woody vegetation:
You will not need to remove the cut material from the site unless this is required to enable regeneration of the cleared habitat, for example species-rich grassland.
This additional payment is for the removal of the cut and uprooted vegetation from the site. You must demonstrate that the vegetation will be removed to a suitable destination in agreement with all relevant approving bodies.
There is a standard cost rate for the removal from site of each category of scrub or woody vegetation:
Light scrub or woody vegetation
Intermediate scrub or woody vegetation
Heavy scrub or woody vegetation