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Castle Mixture

Greening

Click here to download The Scottish Government’s Basic Payment Scheme – Greening Booklet

The new CAP Basic Payments Scheme and its Greening requirements are of course very topical. The scheme is a challenge to fully understand especially as it continues to evolve.

There are opportunities to establish a number of crops as part of the EFA (Ecological Focus Area) requirements and to help simplify, we have detailed mixture options within the below table giving you to the most productive and viable mixture for sowing where appropriate. The below options are not exhaustive with many other options available that are specific to your own unique circumstances. Please contact us to discuss further.

Disclaimer: Whilst the below information is believed to be correct at the time of publishing, you should satisfy yourself that it meets the requirements for the scheme applied for.

Greening-table

S1 Wildflower

WILDFLOWER MIXTURE

Contains a mixture of native wildflower specie that can be found in naturalised pastures. This mixture is therefore ideal for use in areas that are to be managed/grazed.

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S2 Wildflower

WILDFLOWER MIXTURE

A more specie diverse wildflower mixture that offers a more colourful, natural display. These specie are less tolerant of management/grazing. Yellow rattle, a semi-parasitic specie is included to reduce grass growth allowing wildflowers to thrive.

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CG

COMPANION GRASS

CG is a mixture of native grasses included to offer ground cover with a natural appearance. The included specie are less competitive than productive agricultural specie and are therefore ideal companion grasses for sowing with wildflowers.

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WBM

WILD BIRD MIXTURE

Where establishment of Wild Bird Seed mixtures are permitted, our mixture offers hardy winter cover and winter feed that supports our wild bird populations.

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TF

TUSSOCK FORMING

Suitable for field margins/buffer strips, TF is a mixture including species that grow in a more natural, tussocky style to encourage wildlife.

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MF

MAT FORMING

MF is also suitable for field margins/buffer strips and is a more specie diverse mix than TF. This mixture will quickly offer thick ground cover for wildlife that requires minimal maintenance. A cut once in the late summer is normally sufficient subject to your schemes specification.

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BS Cut Mix

BUFFER STRIP CUTTING MIXTURE

BS Cut has been developed to provide a cover that can be cut and removed as the current greening requirements permit on Buffer Strips.

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Italian Ryegrass

GRASS SEED

This ryegrass generally grows productively for two years. It is relatively inexpensive and fulfils a number of roles. Short term mixtures for conservation.

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Balvenie
TM

VERY BULKY 1-2 YEAR MIXTURE FOR INTENSIVE CUTTING OR GRAZING.

Leafier than pure Italian Ryegrass, unique mixture of diploid and tetraploid Italian Ryegrasses, hybrid to increase longevity.

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Saltire 1

MAINLY CUTTING, 1-2 YEARS

A fast growing ley, which can be sown in the spring or autumn to produce large crops of silage.

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