News & Events

Selling Land for Development – “Optimizing the Returns”

Posted: December 18, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Selling land for development is often a once in a lifetime opportunity, for landowners and farmers, and requires careful consideration and deliberation, in order to ensure that returns are optimized. It is well documented that there is a national shortage of new homes being built in the United Kingdom, with approximately 140,660 houses constructed in ... Continue Reading


Posted: December 15, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The long-awaited revision of the Electronic Communications Code has now been confirmed. On 15th December the Commencement Order was published, which brings the new Code into effect on 28th December 2017. The published legislation differs from the earlier drafts which were very controversial. Some changes are for the better, but some could be a major ... Continue Reading

Simplified Countryside Stewardship Schemes Announced

Posted: December 11, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Natural England have announced new simplified Countryside Stewardship schemes, to encourage more farmers to enter their land into environmental management. Unlike the Mid-Tier and Higher-Tier schemes, these new schemes, which open for applications in January, will be non-competitive, Natural England state the process will feature  more efficient application process  and from previous experience, we sincerely ... Continue Reading

New Rules for Water

Posted: December 7, 2017 by Karen Kipling
DEFRA has announced new farming rules for water, which will come into effect on 2nd April 2018. The new rules, to be enforced by the Environment Agency, aim to promote good practice in managing fertilisers and manures and encourage farmers to take reasonable precautions to prevent diffuse pollution from runoff or soil erosion. DEFRA expect ... Continue Reading

Le Tour de Yorkshire 2018 Route Revealed!

Posted: December 5, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Fantastic to see the Tour de Yorkshire will be heading right through our patch on Saturday 5th May with Richmond as a start town and the route heading through Catterick Garrison, Leyburn, Bedale, Morton on Swale, Northallerton and Thirsk, before heading up Sutton Bank and on to the finish in Scarborough! Click here for more information about ... Continue Reading

Glysophate Renewed for 5 Years

Posted: by Karen Kipling
The European commission has voted to renew its approval for glyphosate herbicide for an additional five years. The decision ends months of deadlock with 18 member states voting in favour, nine against and one abstaining. Glyphosate, originally developed by Monsanto as the active ingredient in Roundup, is the world’s most widely used herbicide and has been used ... Continue Reading

Team Offers Clients Advice on BPS Payments

Posted: December 4, 2017 by Karen Kipling
December 2017 will be a busy month for the recently established Farm Business team of GSC Grays, as they help both existing and new clients understand whether they have received the correct money from their 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Application. The new team, headed by Robert Sullivan, is looking to actively help clients across ... Continue Reading

On Farm Storage Infrastructure – Are You Up To Spec?

Posted: November 20, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The nature of farming often requires substantial amounts of bulk crops and stocks to be stored at any one time. In isolation these substances may not be hazardous, however, when allowed to contaminate or mix with other substances, they can cause significant harm to the environment. In this instance, I refer specifically to slurry and ... Continue Reading

Basic Payment Scheme 2017 – Update

Posted: November 16, 2017 by Karen Kipling
The Rural Payments Agency has today (15th November 2017) published on their website “An update on the Basic Payment scheme” – see the link below: The main area of interest is confirmation of both the Entitlement values and also Financial Discipline Mechanism reduction rate for payments over €2,000.  These are summarised below: Entitlement values and ... Continue Reading


Posted: November 13, 2017 by Karen Kipling
  1 December You need to carry out your annual inventory of sheep and goats. (SMR* 8) 1 December Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2017 payment window opens 31 December Official end of the BPS 2017 scheme year *SMR = Statutory Management Requirements   For more detail on the information provided in the key dates table, ... Continue Reading