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ACRES  Scheme - Grass Margin Arable 6kg (1 Acres Pack)
ACRES  Scheme - Grass Margin Arable 6kg (1 Acres Pack)

ACRES Scheme - Grass Margin Arable 6kg (1 Acres Pack)

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ACRES Scheme - Grass Margins - Arable (1 acre pack)

ACRES Scheme - Grass Margins - Arable (1 acre pack) is a mix that is designed to provide a habitat for pollinators, support wider biodiversity including nesting birds. Cutting once a year after 31 August - 15 January - No livestock allowed.

What does ACRES Scheme - Grass Margins - Arable (1 acre pack) contain?

Seed Type Weight in kg
Cocksfoot 4.00
Timothy 1.60
Red Clover 0.40
  6.00 kgs per acre

This is a very persistent grass that grows relatively slowly during the sowing year, in the second and years after it is very vigorous. Cocksfoot begins to grow early on in the spring, regrowth once cut consists mostly of leafy palatable shoots. Summertime growth is important. Cocksfoot is winter hardy and drought tolerant, early types are used for conservation whereas late types are fantastic for grazing.

Grows well in wet and peaty soils and has superior winter hardness.

Red Clover 
Tap root structure is less persistent under tight grazing but is more aggressive growth and N fixation in year of establishment. Red Clover swards are high in protein and normally expect 60% to be true protein. Red Clover silage will usually have a crude protein content of 15-20%. It is highly digestible and highly palatable leading to high intake.

Grass Margins - Arable

To provide a habitat for pollinators, support wider biodiversity including ground nesting birds like Grey partridge, and to help protect water quality from nutrient and sediment run off. 

Severe declines in biodiversity have been well documented for many groups including plants, invertebrates, birds, and mammals due to intensification of agricultural practices. The creation of grass margins in an arable setting provides an important habitat which acts as a refuge for wildlife and a corridor to help connect habitats across a landscape. These grass margins can also play a role in protecting water quality by reducing nutrient load, intercepting nutrients and sediment runoff, and slowing overland flow.

Site suitability

1. This action should not be chosen on species rich semi-natural grassland fields.
2. It may be selected along a field boundary or, in large arable fields, a grass margin down the middle is recommended to help populations of beneficial predatory arthropods.
3. In landscapes where Grey Partridge is a conservation target, establishing strips of winter bird food side by side with this action provides the food and safe nesting habitat this species critically needs.
4. As a watercourse protection measure, a field margin appropriately placed along a flow delivery path in addition to selecting a Riparian buffer strip closer to the watercourse may be more beneficial.
5. Arable grass margins and Grey Partridge Grass Nesting Margins established in GLAS already benefit from a significant reduction in nutrients and increased botanical diversity. Where possible these should be retained. 

Actions that can be selected on the same LPIS or split of parcel are:
Barn Owl nest box, Coppicing of hedgerows, Laying of hedgerows, Planting a new hedgerow, Planting a traditional orchard, Protection and maintenance of archaeological monuments arable, Riparian buffer strip arable, Traditional dry stone wall maintenance, Tree planting, Unharvested cereal headlands, Winter bird food strip.


1. Establish either a 3, 4, 6, or 8 metre grass margin before 31 August 2023 by sowing a suitable seed mix as outlined below. Only one margin width can be selected acrossthe holding. To be eligible for this action, the minimum continuous length to be delivered is 10m. If selected as a priority action, the minimum length to be delivered is 500m. The maximum length for payment is 2,500m.

2. The location and length (metres) must be identified on the LPIS parcel(s) and marked on the map submitted. The margin(s) must remain in the same location for the duration of the contract.

3. Sow a seed mix outlined in Table 1 below at a rate of 15kg/ha (1.5g/m2 ).

4. Soil cultivation cannot be carried out within the margin once established.

5. The margin must be managed annually - it can be mulched or mown but this management must only take place after 31 August and before 15 January. Livestock are not permitted to access the margin. Where livestock are present, the arable grass margin(s) must be protected using a fence that is fit for purpose.

6. Chemical or organic fertiliser or lime cannot be applied to the margin.

7. Pesticides and herbicides are not permitted, except for the spot treatment of noxious/invasive weeds.

8. Field margins established under the former GLAS Arable Grass Margin action and Grass Nesting Margin established under the GLAS Grey Partridge Action can continue to be managed under the new ACRES scheme and must not be ploughed to re- establish a new margin. The margins must be over-sown with the grass mix in Table 1 below and managed as above. 

Additional guidance

  • Where margins are cut, it is recommended to remove offtakes.
  • Wide margins on a few target fields across the farm is better than narrow margins on all fields. Wider field margins support a greater abundance of biodiversity.
  • Where being considered as a watercourse protection measure, it is recommended to place the measure in an area that intercepts a high risk PIP-P overland delivery flow path. The EPA PIP-P maps should be used to help identify any potential flow paths.
  • Sunny, south facing margins are best for pollinators however some north facing margins are important as hibernation sites, so consider providing both.
  • Avoid sites that have persistent weed problems, are shady, are remote or difficult for you to access and manage or sites used for regular machinery access, turning or storage.
Species mix for sowing
Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata 10 kg/ha
Timothy Phleum pratense 4 kg/ha
Red Clover Trifolium pratense 1 kg/ha


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