Headlands and windbreaks:

  • Diversity of composition and structure should be the aim, using or encouraging native species where possible.
  • Species which are host plants of important fruit pest and pathogens, particularly sharka and ESFY, must be avoided.
  • Avoid blackthorn and other Prunus spp. (hosts of Cacopsylla pruni which is the vector for ESFY) near plum and apricot orchards.
  • Hedgerows should provide adequate screening to prevent pollution and contamination of fruit by exhaust fumes from busy roads.
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