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Posted: January 26, 2018 by Karen Kipling
More than 93% of farmers in England signed up to the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) have now received their payment. While the RPA continue to pay farmers, those who haven’t received their money by the end of March will be offered a bridging payment of 75% in April, Farming Minister George Eustice confirmed today ... Continue Reading

Forthcoming Changes to EPC Legislation on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Posted: January 4, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Landlords need to be aware the Government are introducing Minimum Energy Efficiency standards (MEEs) in a phased roll out starting from April 2018, these will be monitored by the (Energy Performance Certificates) EPC rating of the property. Energy Efficiency is the goal to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.  For ... Continue Reading

Buying Rodenticide in 2018

Posted: by Karen Kipling
The NFU has recently published the following information: From 1 January 2018 farmers and growers will only be able to purchase professional rodenticides if they can show they are part of a compliant assurance scheme, or that they have completed an approved training course. To help further ensure the implementation of rodenticide stewardship across the ... Continue Reading

Hedgerow & Boundary Grants Increased for 2018

Posted: December 19, 2017 by Karen Kipling
Natural England have announced the new round of Hedgerow & Boundary Restoration Grants, and revealed that the maximum individual grant has been doubled to £10,000. Applicants can apply for options including Stone Wall Restoration (£25/m), Hedgerow Gapping-Up (£9.50/m) and Hedgerow Laying (£9.40/m). The application window is to open in the new year. For further information, ... Continue Reading

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