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Holmewood Manor – An exceptional family home in a stunning location

Posted: October 11, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Holmewood Manor is an exceptional family home in a stunning location offering a high degree of privacy and security, and yet is in easy reach of all necessary shops and services. The house is a contemporary reconstruction of a farm homestead which is listed Grade II for its architectural importance.  In order to create this ... Continue Reading

Key Cross Compliance & Greening Requirements Dates for October

Posted: October 2, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Key dates for October to ensure you are compliant with the cross compliance and greening requirements. 1 October You can burn heather, rough grass, bracken, gorse or vaccinium on land in upland areas from this date. (GAEC* 6) 1 October Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content ... Continue Reading

A1 in Northumberland – Preferred Route Announcement

Posted: by Karen Kipling
Plans to improve the A1 in Northumberland have been on the cards since the release of the Roads Investment Strategy in Autumn 2014. The Strategy allocated a £290 million package towards the improvement of 13 miles of the A1 between Morpeth to Felton and Alnwick to Ellingham. Options & Consultation A number of options for ... Continue Reading

RPA Confirms the exchange rate for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 payments

Posted: September 29, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed the exchange rate for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 payments.  The rate, an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set in September, will be €1 = 0.89470. As you will already be aware BPS payments for England are set in euros and then converted into sterling. ... Continue Reading

New Woodland Grant for 2018

Posted: September 25, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The government has confirmed a new £13 million fund to help plant more than 3 million trees across 1,900 hectares of new woodland is now open for applications. Through the next round of the Woodland Creation Grant, farmers and land managers can apply for a grant of up to £6,800 per hectare towards ground preparation, ... Continue Reading

Fantastic Fundraising Success From Charity Rugby Match

Posted: September 20, 2017 by Karen Kipling
On Friday 25th August 2017, the GSC Grays and Genus Agricultural Industry XV took on Wensleydale Rugby Club 1st XV in a pre-season friendly to raise funds for the new Sir Robert Ogden cancer unit at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. Now in it’s 5th year, the game was well attended by supporters and they were ... Continue Reading

Supply of farmland outstrips demand for the first time in 10 years in the North East

Posted: September 19, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Despite volatile commodity prices, low interest rates, Brexit, a hung parliament and increased borrowings, the farmland market has been particularly resilient dominated by a single over-riding factor – demand outstripping supply.  That is until now. According to the new head of Farm Agency at GSC Grays, John Coleman, “there are currently 42 farms (units greater ... Continue Reading

Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier Application Deadline Looming!

Posted: September 15, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The deadline for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier applications is the 30th of September.  However, those that are interested in the scheme should have already applied for their application forms from Natural England, this needed to have been done by 31st July 2017.  According to Natural England they are expecting more applications than in previous years gauged ... Continue Reading

Sunderland City Council Publishes its Draft Development Plan

Posted: September 14, 2017 by Karen Kipling
On 19th July 2017 a Cabinet Meeting approved and published Sunderland City Council’s Draft Core Strategy and Development Plan for the period 2017 to 2033. Following consultation this Plan will provide a structure for how Sunderland City will grow and develop over the next 16 years, in line with National Planning Policy. Housing Allocations Sunderland’s ... Continue Reading