It took me quite a few days and much stress to get my application in on time this year. I have about £20K of capital works, half of which are hedge laying/replanting/tree pollarding etc. I had a letter yesterday saying that my application is still being verified and they will give me an answer on the 28th Feb 2019. This means I lose the most important 2/3 months of the hedge-planting time and then can't start again until next winter and the capital works have to be done within 2 years of the agreement start (which will be Jan 2019). I only have 80 acres and my application was dead simple. Anyone else in the same boat?