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

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

Water, Electric and Gas companies – Compensation and Access to Land

                   Electricity lines, water pipes and to a lesser extent gas pipes owned by the utility companies are common place on rural properties. Much of the infrastructure is aging and at capacity already meaning that pipe bursts, repair works and equipment upgrades are frequently required in order… Read More

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by

For sale – Land at Hallow, Worcestershire

Sinton Green

For Sale Carver Knowles are delighted to offer for sale two attractive blocks of Grade 3 agricultural land near Hallow, Worcestershire. Lot 1: 8.63 acres near Sinton Green, Worcestershire A productive parcel of Grade 3 arable land with road side frontage, free draining loamy soils. Located just south of the village of Sinton Green. Lot 2… Read More

Posted on July 13th, 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

Welsh Farm Business Grant Now Available

The Welsh Government and Rural Development Programme has allocated £40m to a new Welsh Farm Business Grant. This is designed to help farmers reduce their carbon emissions, improve their resilience and competitiveness. £3,000 – £12,000 is available per farm business at a 40% grant rate over a four-year period. The first application period is to… Read More

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by

Can I prevent a new footpath being created?

Footpaths and rights of way

A footpath or other Right of Way can be created as the general public see land as a free for all and take it upon themselves to wander as they wish. Landowners should forward think to prevent rights of way from being created without their permission. If the route of a permissive path is used… Read More

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by

Countryside Stewardship Now Open

    The 2017 Countryside Stewardship application window for Mid-Tier and Higher Tier are now open.   Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship offers 5 year agreements for environmental improvements in the wider countryside, such as reducing diffuse water pollution or improving the environment for birds, pollinators and farm wildlife.  Mid-Tier application packs must be requested no later than 31st… Read More

Posted on March 13th, 2017 by

How do I register my agricultural waste exemption?

A brand new digital service has replaced the paper and e-form options for registering an agricultural waste exemption.  Registration needs to be completed by October 2016.  The Environment Agency is encouraging farmers and other business to go online and register.  The new service has been designed to make online registration quicker and more efficient than ever before…. Read More

Posted on August 30th, 2016 by