News & Events

Higher Level Stewardship Scheme holders now eligible for Countryside Stewardship Hedgerow and Boundary Grants

Posted: March 10, 2020 by Karen Kipling
The application window is now open for farmers to apply for a Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant to help restore their existing farm boundaries. A capital grant of up to £10,000 per applicant is available for stone wall restoration, hedgerow gapping up, laying and coppicing amongst other options. The main change to this year’s application round ... Continue Reading

A Change in the Wind – the Return of Onshore Wind Farms

Posted: March 3, 2020 by Karen Kipling
On Monday 2nd March, the UK Government made a decision to support new onshore wind farm developments. A few years ago, Government Ministers withdrew a minimum price guarantee for electricity from wind power, leaving developers to compete in the uncertain world of fluctuating energy prices. This decision was mainly driven by campaigners who were upset by the visual impact of wind turbines ... Continue Reading

A new team of land agents have joined our Easingwold office

Posted: February 7, 2020 by Karen Kipling
GSC Grays joined forces with The Farm Business consultancy Anderson’s Northern (England) in February last year. Since then we have continued to invest in and grow the range of services we offer from our Easingwold office. The original team of farm business consultants has now been joined by a team of land agents taking the ... Continue Reading

The redrafted Agriculture Bill

Posted: January 27, 2020 by Karen Kipling
The Agriculture Bill was reintroduced to the House of Commons on the 16th of January. Hailed as a ‘landmark’ piece of legislation, it gives the government powers to overhaul agricultural policy following the UK’s exit from the European Union. It is encouraging to see the government making progress on post-Brexit agricultural policy, but there is ... Continue Reading

First occupation at Lambton Park, near Chester-le-Street

Posted: January 22, 2020 by Karen Kipling
Lambton is one of the most historic Estates in County Durham with extensive listed buildings, including the iconic Lambton Castle.  The Estate comprises parkland and beautiful woodland, providing residents with the benefits and tranquility of rural life, whilst also having good transport links to Durham and Tyneside, with the A1, A19 and East Coast Main ... Continue Reading

GSC Grays heralds new decade with suite of new employees

Posted: January 17, 2020 by Karen Kipling
We have welcomed the new year with four new starters across our property and marketing teams. Caroline Ridley-Marriott joins as Head of Residential Lettings to drive a core part of the business forward in the next 12 months. Caroline was previously the Residential Lettings Manager for a national agency in Darlington and has over 20 ... Continue Reading

Claiming BPS 2020 and greening payments in extreme weather

Posted: January 14, 2020 by Karen Kipling
In light of the severe weather and flooding and in response to the subsequent difficulties that farmers are facing, the Rural Payments Agency has published additional information about claiming BPS 2020 and greener payments. The paper includes details on: The eligibility for 2020 BPS and greening payments Exemptions from the crop diversification requirement for 2020 ... Continue Reading

Area based subsidies remain

Posted: January 2, 2020 by Karen Kipling
The treasury has confirmed that there will be no cuts to the area based subsidies this year. This means that £2.8 billion will be paid in 2020 with the exact hectare rate to be agreed by DEFRA and the devolved administration later in the year. Please contact our GSC Grays Rural Team if you need ... Continue Reading

Election result is the start for work to be done

Posted: December 13, 2019 by Karen Kipling
John Coleman, Director of our Country House and Farms Agency comments on the effect the election result will have on his area of business. “The 2019 farmland market was defined by the lack of the supply caused, in the main, by the uncertainty over Brexit. The decisive nature of the result last night should now ... Continue Reading