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TIN 068 – Arable reversion to species-rich grassland: early management of the new sward


This note focuses on the creation of species-rich grassland on former arable land, e.g. for taking less profitable areas out of cultivation such as on steeper and wetter or more remote land, or land with very poor soil. It is a short note on managing newly created grasslands by cutting, grazing and weed control.

The guide was originally written to support Environmental Stewardship schemes and is now no longer be found on the Natural England website. We have linked to a copy on the Herefordshire Meadows website, which also has other useful meadow resources. See also other guidance on site selection and the early management of a species-rich sward.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Farmland
  • Grassland

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity

Source | Natural England

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