LEADER Funding; Grab it Whilst You Can

Without repeating too much of what my colleagues have said in the previous month’s newsletter, LEADER funding is coming to an end. If you have any pieces of equipment you were thinking about buying to help improve productivity on farm (Priority 1) or were considering converting a redundant barn into holiday accommodation or setting up […]

Successful First Round of Countryside Productivity Small Grants

It has recently been announced that £23.5m funding has been allocated under the first application round for the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme.  Initially, £15m was set aside for this scheme, but this was increased to meet the number of eligible applications received. We are awaiting news of a second round, and we expect this […]

NWTG – Pre-Harvest Health & Safety Training

Appropriate training of staff on farms is becoming ever more important, not only for health and safety reasons but also for employee’s continual professional development (CPD).  Here in Wiltshire, we are fortunate that the North Wiltshire Training Group (NWTG) operates in this part of the country.  NWTG is a not for profit organisation that facilitates […]

Hedge Trimming Derogations

GAEC 7a – Boundaries; bans the cutting or trimming of hedges/trees between 1st March and 31st August 2018. However, if OSR or temporary grassland will be sown during August 2018, a derogation from this GAEC 7a requirement can be applied for to allow any hedges (or trees) associated with those land parcels to be cut […]