News & Events

High Fire Severity Risk

Posted: July 24, 2018 by Karen Kipling
As the prolonged period of hot, dry weather continues, the Fire Severity Index published by Natural England and the Met Office remains at Level 3 (High Fire Severity Risk) for many parts of the region. This summer has seen a number of large moorland fires which have devastated the landscape, wildlife and livelihoods of the ... Continue Reading

Varieties Are The Spice of Life! If you are a cereal grower……

Posted: July 23, 2018 by Karen Kipling
It’s that time of year again when growers & their agronomists think forward to what varieties to sow next season. Many will have visited a handful of variety trials over June to compare which breeder/distributor provides the best hog roast sandwiches, and may even have had a chance to look at how cereal varieties have ... Continue Reading

The Use of Quad Bikes on Public Roads

Posted: by Karen Kipling
The law governing the use of motors vehicles comes under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Under this act Section 185 defines a motor vehicle as “any mechanically propelled vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads”. For quad bikes used purely off road then the Road Traffic Act 1988 and below requirements do not apply. ... Continue Reading

Key Dates for Cross Compliance and Greening

Posted: July 9, 2018 by Karen Kipling
To ensure you stay compliant with cross compliance and greening requirements in England, please check below for key dates and deadlines coming up in August: 1 August If you have been granted a derogation by RPA, you may be able to cut or trim hedges throughout August, to sow oilseed rape or temporary grassland. (GAEC* 7a) ... Continue Reading

Are you thinking of undertaking your own Grand Design project?

Posted: June 29, 2018 by Karen Kipling
We have all dreamed, at some stage of our lives, of finding a plot of land to build our own individually styled house. It might be at the bottom of a garden, across the other side of Europe or in the field next overlooking the green of your favourite village.  Whilst in our experience as ... Continue Reading

Moving to a new area? Try before you buy!

Posted: June 27, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Whether you’re moving for work, downsizing or simply having a lifestyle change, it’s not always easy to find the right house to buy when you want to buy it. Rather than committing to an unacceptable compromise, it may be a better bet to take a short-term rental instead. While the supply of new rural property ... Continue Reading

Cricket Bat Willows could be just the ticket!

Posted: June 18, 2018 by Karen Kipling
For those marginal, wet and generally unproductive areas of the farm, planting up with cricket bat willows can provide a handsome income whilst maintaining the ecological and biodiversity value of the site. Cricket bat willows grow well in wet low-lying areas prone to flooding or alongside the drainage ditches running parallel to more productive farmland. ... Continue Reading

The outside is just as important as the inside!

Posted: June 1, 2018 by Karen Kipling
If you are looking to sell your property this summer, don’t forget the outside can be as important as the inside!  Catherine Greaves, Agency Associate Director at our Barnard Castle office  GSC Grays, has some tips for ensuring that your outside space looks it’s best. Front Garden Kerb appeal is everything! Your front garden is ... Continue Reading

The New Electronic Communications Code – What is a mast worth?

Posted: May 30, 2018 by Karen Kipling
The new legislation governing telecoms equipment known as the Code came into effect on 28th December 2017.  Since then most landowners will have been bombarded with a plethora of articles each with a different take on its impact.  Without a doubt one of the most talked about changes has been the amount of rent one ... Continue Reading

Extension to Claims Deadline for Countryside Stewardship (England Only)

Posted: May 11, 2018 by Karen Kipling
Defra has agreed with the European Commission that the deadline for submitting Countryside Stewardship multi-annual claims should be extended by one month to 15 June. This is to allow Natural England to provide agreements to those agreement holders who have yet to receive an agreement for works due to start on 1 January 2018. Natural England is due to ... Continue Reading