News & Events

Uncovering the wonder of a woodland investment

Posted: November 13, 2019 by Karen Kipling
In all the media coverage about the climate emergency there is a consistent message about the importance of planting trees, preserving woodland and keeping our existing forests healthy. One way to contribute to this goal is by investing in woodland. Interest in forestry and the preservation of woodlands is continuing to grow. In Scotland, for ... Continue Reading

BPS 2019 exchange rate set

Posted: October 1, 2019 by Karen Kipling
The euro exchange rate for calculating the BPS 2019 payments was set yesterday (30 September) and will be €1 = £0.89092. The previous year’s exchange rates for BPS were: BPS 2018: €1 = £0.89281 BPS 2017: €1 = £0.89470. The rate is an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates that were set in ... Continue Reading

DEFRA announce a £2 million flood fund for farmers

Posted: September 20, 2019 by Karen Kipling
The Farming Recovery Fund has opened today, offering grants of between £500 and £25,000 to meet the costs of a number of repairs required after the summer floods. The grants are for farmers in North Yorkshire or Wainfleet, Lincolnshire and cover a range of restoration work and repairs that are a result of uninsurable damage. ... Continue Reading

A new dawn for solar farming

Posted: September 19, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Solar farms shouldn’t be profitable as the cost to construct them often outweighed the price of electricity, yet the sight of a field of solar panels quietly harvesting the sun’s energy is already a common sight.  The reason so many projects were built is because Government offered subsidies helped the technology compete in the energy ... Continue Reading

Belepi UK National Listing and 3-Crop Rule Implications

Posted: by Karen Kipling
Belepi which was previously categorised as a spring wheat (but was able to be sown in the Autumn from mid-October onwards) has now been categorised as a winter wheat. The details are as follows: Belepi Winter Wheat has been added to the UK National List for wheat to ensure that it can still be legally ... Continue Reading

DEFRA announces post Brexit changes to farming

Posted: August 20, 2019 by Karen Kipling
DEFRA have announced details of how farming is changing once we leave the EU on 31 October. This includes details of how direct payments are changing and funding and financial support changes. Follow the link to find out more.   If you would like to discuss this, or anything else regarding your farm or rural ... Continue Reading

Delay destroying OSR stubbles to manage Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle risk

Posted: August 16, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Farm Business Consultant, Robert Sullivan, of GSC Grays is urging farmers to leave oilseed rape stubbles untouched for as long as possible to try and overcome the potential devastating infestations of Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle on the newly sown OSR crops. “Since the loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments, we have seen increasing problems with Cabbage ... Continue Reading

“Application deadline should be extended due to poor timing of announcement”

Posted: July 11, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Robert Sullivan Responds to New Technology Funding Announcement from Defra “At first glance, the application process is relatively straight forward however we found that the estimated 15 minute time-frame didn’t account for the level of time needed to accurately assess the specifications of the equipment being purchased and compile all the necessary information to complete ... Continue Reading

Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme

Posted: July 9, 2019 by Karen Kipling
The Government have today announced the next funding round for the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme. The second round of funding, making £15 million available, has added 26 new items of equipment that use technology to aid productivity. Farmers and rural businesses have eight weeks to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to ... Continue Reading

Listed Building Renovations: Cautionary Tales

Posted: June 25, 2019 by Karen Kipling
As many owners of listed properties are aware, the designation comes with additional planning obligations and requirements when it comes to undertaking works to the building. These conditions are designed to protect the building’s special architectural and historic interest for future generations. The three different list grades exist to distinguish the level of interest of ... Continue Reading