Biodiversity Net Gain – where are we now?

Biodiversity Net Gain is a new concept introduced by the Environment Bill which will require all developers  to deliver a 10% increase in biodiversity in respect of any new development. Our previous blog introduced the concept here. Since our previous blog Natural England has produced The Biodiversity Metric 3.0  to be able to score existing sites […]

Posted on October 18th, 2021 by

How can I prevent new Footpaths being created over my land?

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a huge increase in people getting out and accessing the open countryside on their doorstep. Whilst there is an abundance of public footpaths available to the public, landowners should be vigilant to prevent new rights being claimed over their land. New rights can be claimed by anyone, where evidence demonstrates […]

Posted on May 11th, 2021 by

Biodiversity Net Gain

What is biodiversity net gain? The Environment Bill 2019 introduced the concept of Biodiversity Net Gain, which relates to the protection, preservation and enhancement of habitats. ALL developers will be required to deliver a 10% increase to existing biodiversity in respect of any new development. This can be achieved on-site, off-site or both. How is […]

Posted on April 9th, 2020 by

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME?

In this blog Mike Cluley gives a very brief summary of the main points of the new Agricultural Bill that is passing through parliament so that consideration can be given as to what businesses should expect and the things that they should consider with the likely changes to future farm payments. Agricultural policy in the […]

Posted on March 4th, 2020 by

Countryside Stewardship Scheme Now Open!

The application window for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is now open. Successful agreements applied for this year will start in January 2021. With the impending payment reductions and phasing out of BPS from 2021 onwards, entering into the CSS may be a good option to assist with getting ready for the new world of […]

Posted on February 12th, 2020 by

Getting it right – Letting to a farm worker

Many farmers provide accommodation for workers, especially when they are required to be close to livestock. However there are some serious pitfalls to not following the correct procedure when granting tenancies to agricultural workers. If the correct procedure is not followed then you could be granting your worker the right to stay in the property […]

Posted on October 26th, 2018 by

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Posted on May 4th, 2018 by