Planning Permission Finally Granted After Appeal Lost

In mid-April I spoke at a planning committee meeting along with a client, to try to persuade a planning committee to grant permanent permission for an existing log cabin, that only had a temporary planning consent. It was first placed on the farm in 2007 and was followed by an application for a bricks-and-mortar house […]

It’s Not a Crime to Take Time Off!

Every farmer is very busy and in a lot of cases feels that they cannot take time off away from the farm as they “need” to be there. Taking time off is not a crime, in fact you could argue that not taking time off is a crime. Time off gives you chance to recharge […]

Digging Holes!

The recent DEFRA survey “Farm Practice Survey” has revealed that 55% of farmers dig holes in fields to look at compaction, but more worryingly 45% do not. Digging holes to check soil structure and compaction is the only way to know for sure whether you need to spend money on subsoiling, sward lifting or aerating. […]

Farming Trip to New Zealand

My wife Vicki and I were lucky enough to spend 4.5 weeks travelling in New Zealand in February and the first part of March. This was partly to visit our son, who was working for Gavin’s, a large agricultural contractor in the Waikato. Forage harvesting grass/ maize and all other aspects of farm work, including […]