Environmental Impact Assessment

I have recently had to apply to Natural England for a “screening decision” under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations for a client.  These do not get done that often on farms, unless a planning application is imminent.  However, when they are done, they take quite a bit of work. I have a feeling they should […]

Where Have the Worms Gone?

It is estimated that the humble earthworm and his friends in favourable conditions can move 40 tonnes of soil per hectare per year!  Fresh earthworm casts are 5 times richer in available nitrogen, 7 times richer in available phosphates and 11 times richer in available potash, than the surrounding upper 6 inches (150 mm) of […]

The Agriculture Bill

It has been a long time coming, but on 12th September the new Agriculture Bill was introduced into the House of Commons. The phrase “take back control” was used again in the headline of the press release that was issued that day.  The Bill sets out how farmers and land managers will be paid in […]

Farming Rules for Water

New soil erosion and farm pollution regulations came into force from the 2nd April 2018.  This may well have passed a number of people by as it was not widely publicised.  The new regulations put the onus on the farmer to analyse risk and take appropriate action to ensure soil remains in the field and […]