Guidance on permanent pasture

Guidance on permanent pasture

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Defra and RPA have reminded farmers that under European legislation the level of permanent pasture in the UK is to be maintained and the European Commission has proposed that this requirement continues beyond the next CAP reform.

New cross compliance rules may need to be introduced to control the level of permanent pasture if it reduces beyond a certain level. This means that some land may have to be returned to permanent pasture in the future.

It is important that you use the correct land code for permanent pasture as Defra use this to show the European Commission how much pasture there is in the UK. It is important to remember that:

  • you should change a temporary grass land code to a permanent pasture code once the land has been down to grass or herbaceous forage on six consecutive SPS applications. This applies even if the grass has been reseeded in this time.
  • land does not have to be grazed to be considered to be permanent pasture.


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