Successful Countryside Stewardship Workshop

On Thursday 12th April Carver Knowles joined forces with Green Farm Seeds to put on a Countryside Stewardship workshop attended by farmers from Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. The evening focused on two important aspects of the scheme, the application process and the establishment and maintenance of the available options. The Government have stated that they will… Read More

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by

New Countryside Stewardship Evening

Carver Knowles and Green Farm Seeds are hosting an evening on the New Countryside Stewardship Scheme Venue: Pardon Hill Farm, Prescott, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 9RD Date: Thursday 12th April at 5.30pm – 7.00pm The evening is aimed at farmers and landowners with Environmental Stewardship (ELS and HLS) agreements that are coming to an end in 2018 or… Read More

Posted on March 28th, 2018 by

Small grants for farmers

Grant funded dairy improvements

The Rural Payments Agency has introduced its Small Grant Scheme under the Countryside Productivity programme and the application window is now open. The grant is part of the Rural Development Programme for England and gives grant funding towards for specific pieces of agricultural equipment which are targeted at improving efficiency, welfare and resource management. The… Read More

Posted on February 27th, 2018 by

New Countryside Stewardship Scheme

MID TIER COUNTRYSIDE STEWARDSHIP SCHEME The Mid Tier Scheme has been “streamlined” to cover the 4 main themes: Arable Lowland Mixed Farming Upland   The scheme is now also non-competitive, meaning that all farmers who meet the eligibility requirements can get an agreement to deliver as few as 3 options, or as many as 14…. Read More

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by

The New Countryside Stewardship Options for 2019

On the 15th of January 2018 Natural England launched its new simplified Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The new process is designed to make the scheme more accessible and easier to apply to each individual farming system. They have split the scheme into four categories: Lowland Grazing Uplands Mixed Farming Arable   The scheme is non-competitive, meaning… Read More

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by

BPS 2018: CHANGES TO ‘GREENING’ RULES IN ENGLAND

bps update

  Here is an update to the Greening Rules for 2018 as the RPA have made some significant changes to the options available for Ecological Focus Areas. Ban on the Use of Plant Protection Products on Land Used as Ecological Focus Areas A ban on the application of PPP’s applies to land to be used… Read More

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by

Grant funding – Which grant will suit my project?

glamping

Do you have a project in mind but not sure what funding is available? The pathway to grant funding is often a bit of a minefield with different schemes for different projects with a range of criteria and deadline dates. If you have a project in mind and would like to know if it is… Read More

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by

Countryside Productivity Scheme

Countryside Productivity

The long awaited Countryside Productivity Scheme has been launched. The scheme provides funding for large scale projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sector. The scheme has been specifically targeted at: Forestry Water Resource Management Forestry The forestry element allows those with commercial woodlands over 10ha to apply for a range… Read More

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by

Make the most of Grant funding – an update

Direct drills are funded under LEADER scheme

Britain leaving Europe has left a question mark over agricultural grants as we know them. Whilst we cannot predict the future, we can report that DEFRA has stated that they will honour any grant funding allocated to farmers pre-2019.   However, all grant funding is now competitive and with limited money available it is vital… Read More

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by

Brexit:  Where do the opportunities lie?

British resilience

For or against, most people have a view on Brexit and whether it’s going to be good bad or just ugly. There are some key areas farmers and rural business owners need to consider over the next 12-18 months to make sure their business is well placed and as strong as possible as we enter… Read More

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by