CSS2 Legume & Herb Rich Mixture GS4
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CSS2 Legume & Herb Rich Mixture GS4

Use this mixture for GS4 Countryside Stewardship (Legume and Herb-Rich Swards), to establish a mixed sward of grasses, legumes and herbs and wildflowers.

  • A vigorous sward with abundant legumes and herbs, suitable for productive cattle and sheep 
  • Provides habitat and food for invertebrates and crop pollinators
  • Improves soil structure and water infiltration.
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): GS1 GS4 GS8 GS14 SW1 SW2 SW3 SW4 SW7 SW8 WT1 WT2
  • Contains: 15% Perennial ryegrass (late), 13% Meadow fescue, 10% Timothy, 5% Smooth-stalked meadow grass, 27% Strong Creeping red fescue, 10% Red clover, 2% Alsike , 0.5% Sheep's parsley, 1.5% Bird's foot trefoil, 5% Sainfoin,  0.5% Sheep's burnet, 0.25% Ribwort plantain, 0.25% Yarrow
  • Sowing rate: 20kg/ha. Pack size: 20kg
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Mixture Specification

15% Perennial Ryegrass (late)
13% Meadow Fescue
10% Timothy
5% Smooth-Stalked Meadow Grass
27% Strong Creeping Red Fescue
10% Red Cclover
2% Alsike Clover
0.5% Sheep's Parsley
1.5% Bird's Foot Trefoil
5% Sainfoin
0.5% Sheep's Burnet
0.25% Ribwort Plantain
0.25% Yarrow

Sowing & Establishment

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP GS4 - LEGUME AND HERB-RICH SWARDS

What To Sow

Establish a mixed sward of grasses, legumes and herbs and wildflowers. Make sure the seed mix sown contains at least 5 species of grass, 4 species of legume and 4 species of herb and wildflower.

Ensure the sward has a minimum 20% cover of other legumes and herbs - not including white clover, creeping buttercup or injurious weeds.

 

Where To Sow

Due to the limited use of pesticides allowed to be used within this scheme, choose a site that has a low burden of weeds or slugs. Clovers do prefer soils that has a pH less than 6.0, but the soil can be improved with lime, manures or Phosphate and potassium. Although the use of Nitrogen fertiliser is prohibited. 

 

How To Sow

Legumes and herbs are best sown before September to allow for good establishment before winter. For a new sowing, ensure the seed is sown at a shallow depth into a firm, clean seedbed. Alternatively, add legumes and herbs into an established grass sward by creating at least 50% bare ground and sow directly. 

 

Information in this article is given in good faith but should not be seen as a substitute for complete guidance issued at www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.

Maintenance

COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP GS4 - LEGUME AND HERB-RICH SWARDS

Maintenance and Management

Leave the sward to rest for at least 5 weeks between 1st May and 31st July, to allow the flowers to provide pollen and nectar for beneficial pollinators. Outside of this time period, the area can be managed by either cutting or grazing.

 

Records and Evidence

Keep records as evidence of establishment and maintenance such as, but not limited to, the list below:

  • Seed invoices
  • Field operations at parcel level
  • Contractor invoices
  • Records of grazing activity
  • Photographs of the established seed mix

 

Information in this article is given in good faith but should not be seen as a substitute for complete guidance issued at www.gov.uk/countryside-stewardship-grants. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information.