Towards Net Zero 2040

How farmers are going to achieve the government’s aim of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is going to be difficult but achieving the NFU objective of net zero by 2040 will be more of challenge for the farming community. Whilst the NFU has identified three categories of improved productivity, farmland storage of carbon and […]

Countryside Stewardship – Split or Stick?

The application window for Countryside Stewardship Applications opened on 11th February and our new Farming Minister, George Eustice, has spoken out in support of the scheme identifying it as “a good stepping stone” towards the Government’s new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) which is due to be rolled out by the end of 2024. However, […]

Mind the BPS Funding Gap

The recent Government announcement guaranteeing this year’s BPS was accompanied by the disclosure that from 2021, BPS will start to be reduced and come to an end in 2028. At the same time the Government announced plans to reduce BPS in 2021, with the introduction of a banded reduction depending on the level of payment. […]

Potential Development Land

Now is a very good time to be putting land forward that you believe may have the potential for planning in the future. Each council must prepare a development plan for their area in consultation with the local community; many local councils are now updating their development plans. The aim of the plan is to […]