Cross Compliance rules prevent the cutting or trimming of hedges until 1st September.
However, if you are sowing Oilseed Rape or Temporary Grass in August, you may be eligible for a Hedge Cutting Derogation. This allows you to cut or trim hedges from the 1st August in specific parcels.
You must ensure that you have written permission from the RPA, in the form of a derogation, prior to cutting hedges in August. If not, you could receive a cross compliance penalty (a deduction in your BPS payment).
To apply for a derogation, contact Cari at firstname.lastname@example.org , or your local FCG office.