Costs total information:
In the budget of the Heilbronn Municipality, 140 000 €/year are dedicated to the Field Margins Programme.
Compensations scheme information:
One part of the payments aims at compensating the reduced gross margin (601 €/ha). The second part depends on the type of field margin. It is designed in order to cover costs linked to the care of field margins. From 2011 onwards, total costs are:
- Field margins: 1250 €/ha + seeds
- Field margins (fallow land): 1170 €/ha
- Field margin with a row of trees: 1740 €/ha + trees
- Field margins with an hedge: 2900 €/ha + plants
Information on Ecosystem improved biodiversity:
Field margins are designed in order to promote biodiversity.
The density of earthworms in field margins has been improved (about twice more earthworms in field margins than in the neighbouring field).
Ecosystem provisioning services:
Information on Ecosystem provisioning services:
Some rows of fruit trees and wood trees have been planted in the field margins. They provide wood and fruits.