Find out what is included under exemption U12 - Use of mulch.
Summary of exemption
This web page contains a brief summary of the exemption so you can see if it is applicable to you. There is a link to the full guidance document at the bottom of this page.
What exemption does this replace?
This is a new exemption.
What is the purpose of this exemption?
To allow farmers to use organic mulches from untreated wood and plant matter to protect certain crops and trees.
What types of farming activities can I do?
You can spread organic mulch made from untreated wood and plant matter around trees and other crops to:
- conserve soil moisture;
- moderate soil temperature;
- control the growth of weeds;
- provide organic matter as the mulch breaks down.
The treatment of waste wood can be carried out under exemption T6:
The spreading of waste such as compost can be carried out under exemptions U10 and U11:
Registration of this exemption
Once you have read and understood the full guidance, please go to the following page to register:
Exemptions are registered for a 'place'. When you are registering exemptions for activities on your farm, 'place' is taken to include:
- the farm in question,
- outlying land, and
- discrete farmyards that are being managed as a single farm unit or form one business location.
Yards and land parcels with different addresses and correspondence addresses are considered separate units. Each should be registered as a separate 'place':
Read the full guidance for this exemption
Please read the document below for the full guidance on this exemption: