553. Implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Farmers and land managers who claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)1, a stewardship scheme2 or the English Woodland Grant Scheme must follow certain cross-compliance rules3.

Cross compliance is made up of 'Statutory Management Requirements' (SMRs) and standards for 'Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions' (GAECs).

The GAECs include:


    (1)     protecting boundary features such as hedgerows, stone walls, earth banks and stone banks4;


    (2)     keeping public rights of way open and accessible5;


    (3)     protecting trees by meeting the conditions of any licence to fell a tree or any tree preservation orders (TPOs)

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