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The Agriculture Bill – The Direction of Travel

As the Agriculture Bill passes through the various stages of Parliament we now have a better idea of the potential shape of the UK’s post Brexit agricultural policy. Despite a lack of specific details there are various items in the Bill that do offer a clear direction of policy, enabling farmers and landowners to start […]

Posted on April 1st, 2020 by

Farming Recovery Fund Extension Announced

It has been announced today that the Farming Recovery Fund has been extended, enabling farmers affected by flooding to apply for grants of between £500 and £25,000 for restoring farmland. The scheme was already in place for farmers in affected areas that were flooded during 2019 with the scheme extension put in place to help […]

Posted on March 20th, 2020 by

***Important Announcement – Crop Diversification Rule for BPS 2020***

In order to assist farmers who are struggling to establish crops, DEFRA has confirmed today that the crop diversification greening requirement for BPS, commonly known as the “three crop rule” will not apply for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2020 applications.   Due to the nationwide catastrophic flooding and persistent wet weather throughout February 2020, farmers […]

Posted on March 20th, 2020 by

Spring Landmark 2020

This edition of Landmark provides an update on the latest news around The Agriculture Bill and The Environment Bill, as well as what we can do to help you get the most out of your tenanted residential properties including an overview of our Property Management Service. We also look at planning opportunities to generate income […]

Posted on April 3rd, 2020 by

Carver Knowles welcomes a new surveyor!

Worcestershire based Chartered Surveyors; Carver Knowles are very pleased to welcome Amelia Sheldon AssocRICS to the team. Originally from Oxfordshire, but now having relocated to the North Cotswold’s, Amelia is excited to get to know the area and all of Carver Knowles’ clients. Amelia, having recently qualified as an Associate member of the RICS has […]

Posted on March 16th, 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

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME 2020 AND CROP DIVERSIFICATION UPDATE

Despite the persistent inclement weather, spring is “technically” here and the BPS season is only just around the corner. Mike Cluley takes a quick look at the Basic Payment Scheme 2020 with a particular focus on what the options are to comply with the Crop Diversification rules under Greening given the consistent wet weather which […]

Posted on March 4th, 2020 by

Zero Carbon Farming – The Pershore Conference 2020

Carver Knowles were thrilled to be sponsors once again for the Pershore Conference alongside Crowthers Accountants and Shakespeare Martineau. Over 150 local farmers and rural professionals gathered on the 16th January for the evening organised by Upton and Pershore NFU to listen to an excellent panel discuss the topic of ‘Zero Carbon Farming’. The evening […]

Posted on February 18th, 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

To Let: Exclusive Rural Offices on The Farncombe Estate

Carver Knowles are delighted to be offering to the rental market a number of exclusive rural offices at The Farncombe Estate located in the beautiful setting of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Farncombe Estate The Farncombe Estate is a private 400 acre Cotswold estate located on the Gloucestershire/Worcestershire border. Farncombe is the […]

Posted on January 7th, 2020 by