Hedges Mapping Issues
Over the last year, the RPA have very helpfully mapped all of the hedges in the country and the details are now showing within Rural Payments in the View Land section. As with most ‘helpful’ things the RPA do, they have got it completely wrong, and its actually ended up creating even more work to correct the issues.
If you are using hedges for EFA (or Countryside Stewardship), the official advice from RPA is to submit your BPS claim based on the hedges actually on the ground, and then submit an RLE1 detailing all of the hedge corrections. You will need to identify each section of hedge they have missed and the measurement of that hedge.
If you do not use hedges for EFA or Countryside Stewardship, I would still suggest you submit an RLE1 as soon as possible to ensure the hedges are correct on your maps.
If you need any help with your BPS application, or your hedge mapping changes, please contact us as soon as possible. We will be extremely busy in the run up to the BPS deadline so we cannot guarantee we will be able to assist you unless you get a time booked in with us straight away.
The joys of the RPA!!!