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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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Posted on March 28th, 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 […]

Posted on March 14th, 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 […]

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. […]

Posted on February 8th, 2018 by

Embracing Brexit – Pershore Conference 2018

Once again Ray and the team at Upton and Pershore NFU had pulled together a diverse panel to discuss the challenges faced by Brexit and what should be done to embrace the change. The event was attended by over 120 farmers from the local area. The first speaker of the evening was Ali Capper whoi […]

Posted on January 22nd, 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 […]

Posted on January 19th, 2018 by