If you plan to sow oilseed rape or grass before 1st September, you may be eligible for a Hedge Cutting Derogation. All you have to do is send the following information to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA):

  • SBI and business name
  • reason for requesting the derogation, for example, planting oilseed rape in August quoting GAEC 7a
  • either the land parcel reference numbers where the hedges or trees are located which are to be cut/trimmed or a map showing the sections of hedge or trees that are to be cut/trimmed; and
  • any other supporting evidence, for example, photographs or diagrams
Apply via Email:

To: ruralpayments@defra.gov.uk 

Subject: “Hedge Cutting Derogation – GAEC 7a”

Apply via Post:

RPA, PO Box 352, Worksop S80 9FG

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