Flood Recovery Fund

  The extended areas have just been announced which are now eligible for the Farming Recovery Fund.   What is it? The fund helps farmers whose agricultural land (that has been deemed eligible by the FRF scheme) was damaged by flooding we experienced in February 2020. The fund provides financial assistance with a minimum grant […]

Posted on June 19th, 2020 by

Wildlife Offer Countryside Stewardship – all you need to know

Wildlife Offer Countryside Stewardship agreements provide a simplified scheme option for farmers with a set list of options under each Wildlife Offer type and provided the minimum requirements are met then an agreement will be offered. The aim of Wildlife Offer’s is as the name suggests, to support wildlife by providing sources of nectar and […]

Posted on June 9th, 2020 by

Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship – all you need to know

Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship is very similar to the old style ELS schemes. It is designed to provide environmental benefits at an on-farm level with a range of options that can suit most farming systems. What do Mid-Tier Stewardship schemes fund? Grant funding is available for land management practices which protect and enhance the natural environment, […]

Posted on June 8th, 2020 by

Countryside Stewardship 2020 – Key Dates

With the upcoming changes to the subsidy regime, now is likely to be a good time for many farmers to consider entering into a Countryside Stewardship agreement.   From 2021, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments will be starting to be phased out through to a complete phasing out by 2028 making this year the last […]

Posted on May 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

New grant funding available for rural projects

Earlier this month the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) launched three new grants available to farmers under the RDPE Growth Programme. The grants are designed to provide funding for projects in rural areas which create jobs and growth in the rural economy. What grants are available? The RDPE Growth Programme provides grant funding for […]

Posted on November 22nd, 2019 by

Continued Planning Success

Barns for sale

Over the past few months we have had a great number of planning successes across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. These cover a wide range of areas, including: Class Q permitted developments Agricultural Occupancy Condition removals New agricultural workers dwellings Barn conversions Stables Gallops New access tracks Caravan sites Retrospective change of use Class Q Earlier […]

Posted on December 14th, 2018 by

How safe is your farm borrowing?

Farm finance

De-risk your borrowing when in a strong financial position. When talking to a lender about borrowing its always easier to negotiate from a strong position rather than when under financial pressure. Andrew Troughton looks at some areas where we have been helping farmers reduce risk and reduce annual costs: Review all borrowing – restructure overdraft and […]

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by

I WANT TO SELL SOME OF MY PROPERTY – WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The New Year is here and Spring is just around the corner (hopefully?!). Spring is often the best time to look at selling property whether it is bare land, a development opportunity or a residential property as it often looks its best due to the improving weather and the budding fauna and flora. So if […]

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by

Spring news from Carver Knowles

Landmark News

For all the latest news and views from Carver Knowles this Spring, please take a look at our Landmark newsletter.   This edition gives the highlights from our Ledbury Farm Diversification Event, discussion of the latest nuances in the planning system,  as well as how to deal with a planning refusal, a summary of our […]

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by