Exceptional weather allows for agreement adjustments

With the unusually hot and dry weather conditions, Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency have made adjustments to some options for those farmers who have experienced difficulties. These include issues with failed establishments for Wild Bird Food Plots, Catch Crops and the capacity to allow grazing where there may be a fodder shortage. The… Read More

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by

Woodland Creation Grant Now Open

Natural England has re-launched the very successful Woodland Creation Grant. This provides funding for planting of woodlands, associated protection items and infrastructure to assist its establishments. If the application is successful you will have two years to purchase and plant/install the capital items. Some of the more popular items include: Tree planting (£1.28/tree) Fencing (£4/m)… Read More

Posted on September 13th, 2018 by

Living without Europe and Subsidies

Business Plan

Preparing for Brexit and the loss of the Basic Payment Scheme is causing businesses to rethink the way they have been operating. Many are focusing on finding efficiencies, diversifying into new areas or restructuring the businesses. So what are the opportunities for your business? Business Planning and Succession Having a five-year business plan of how… Read More

Posted on June 15th, 2018 by

Land at Shurdington, Cheltenham

DESCRIPTION The property extends to approximately 136 acres (55.21 ha) of pasture in 10 field parcels and can be accessed via Leckhampton Lane just off the A46. The land is classified as Grade 4. AGREEMENT DETAILS The land is offered on a summer grazing agreement commencing 18th May 2018 until the 30th September 2018. CROPPING… Read More

Posted on May 4th, 2018 by

For Sale – Glover Hill Farm, Uckinghall, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Carver Knowles are delighted to offer the sale of Glover Hill Farm, Uckinghall a 16.5 acre farm with a three bedroom house and a range of buildings.         SITUATION Glover Hill Farm is located in the peaceful village of Uckinghall nestled between the picturesque Malvern Hills and Cotswold Areas of Outstanding Natural… Read More

Posted on April 24th, 2018 by

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

Farming Rules for Water

On the 2nd April the new DEFRA requirements “Farming Rules for Water” will be introduced. These are supported by legislation in the form of The Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Pollution (England) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/151). This comes from the EU Water Framework Directive which seeks to “set a baseline of good practice across the… Read More

Posted on March 14th, 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

The new Electronic Communications Code – What do property owners need to know?

mobile phone mast

The Government introduced the new Electronic Communications Code within the Digital Economy Act 2017 and it came into force on the 28th December 2017. The “new Code” will apply to both new agreements and agreement renewals going forward. The new Code provides some significant reforms generally in favour of operators compared to the previous regime. In… Read More

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by