Land & Business - September 2019

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The crème de la crème Increasing value through raw milk, cheese and ‘ethical’ dairy

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Contents September 2019

News & opinion 7

WELCOME President’s briefing

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NEWS

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LETTERS Hear from other members

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LOBBYING Who are the new faces in Boris Johnson’s Cabinet?

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Advice 15

LAND VALUE CAPTURE – HAVE YOUR SAY The CLA is seeking evidence from members

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HELD TO ACCOUNT Keeping accurate and detailed accounts is a hugely important part of farming partnerships

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YOU CAN GET THE STAFF Suggestions for attracting and retaining a motivated team

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23 THE END OF SECTION 21? Residential landlords in England have a chance to respond to government proposals

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36 IN RARE FORM Rare and native farm breeds could have a greater role to play in UK agriculture 38 CRAFTED WITH SKILL The art of making Yorkshire cross-boarded doors

Your CLA 41

Features 29 THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME Diversify your dairy business and maximise profits 34 INSIDE THE COUNTRY HOME The joys and challenges of improving rural properties

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43 THE GLAMPING SHOW A look at what holidaymakers want from ‘staycations’ 44 MEMBER OFFER: MITSUBISHI 47 CLA INSURANCE Thinking of renovating?

48 DRIVERS OF INVESTMENT Book your tickets to the CLA’s Institutional Landowners Conference 49 BOOKSHELF The latest titles reviewed 50 CLA RURAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2019 Avoid disappointment and book your tickets today 51

CLA HEALTHCARE We need to talk about mental wellbeing in rural and farming communities

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CONTENTS

Editorial

52 UNDER THE MICROSCOPE CLA Council examines climate action and the potential restructuring of the farming industry 56 EVENTS DIARY Key CLA events across England and Wales

A word from the Editor

The long view

56 In your area 52 NEWS ACROSS ENGLAND AND WALES What’s happening where you are

The last word 82 COUNTRY VIEW Brian Martin considers a testing test g year for shooting

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hile our politicians are gearing up for a crucial period between now and Brexit day on 31 October, life for rural businesses and communities continues. Many of you have been harvesting, tending the livestock and putting in the long hours demanded of running a business. But looking further ahead, beyond the day to day duties, many will also be taking the long view, assessing where there is opportunity to adapt. This issue offers several ideas to strengthen your business for the years ahead, whatever the future may hold. Tax Adviser Jimmy Tse sets out on page 17 practical advice on managing a farming partnership – which could help to avoid pitfalls one day, particularly when it comes to succession.

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On page 21 Fraser McAuley gives advice on hiring and perhaps even more importantly retaining a strong and motivated team. And for those of you looking for inspiration with your holiday businesses, we hear from three experts on refurbishing rural properties on page 34. I also urge you to read our article on page 15 about land value capture – if these ideas were to take hold and become policy proposals in future it could have significant implications for rural landowners. By completing the CLA’s survey you will help our advisers give MPs a fuller picture and influence the debate. I hope you enjoy the issue.

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WELCOME

President’s

Briefing with Tim Breitmeyer

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he difference between Theresa May’s approach to politics and that of the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is quite remarkable. Mrs May was quiet, methodical and humble in her style. Mr Johnson is bombastic, loud, but above all optimistic. Time will tell which yields the greater outcome, but it is at least refreshing to see a ‘can do’ attitude coming from Downing Street, although some of it appears wildly hopeful. But there is so much to do in so little time. With regard to No Deal planning, some reports suggest we have only 10% of the customs officers necessary to staff our Europe-facing seaports, and two-thirds of businesses that trade with Europe have still not registered with HMRC for customs purposes. The situation looks similar on the other side. The UK is a massive market for the Republic of Ireland, a country which also needs to use the UK as a land bridge for its exports to the EU. Dublin’s own No Deal plans look patchy at best, and perceived wisdom in Brussels parations are less is that the continent’s preparations advanced than they admit. dibility to the This might give some credibility nship strategy – Prime Minister’s brinkmanship e high. but my word the stakes are igence of a European The deep-seated intransigence ving its political Commission focused on saving restimated. project should not be underestimated. ed, business As continually highlighted, groups have been warning on No Deal olitical for over three years, yet political ains and public sentiment remains largely unchanged. That is e why it is vital for us to take a pragmatic view. Togetherr with the Tenant Farmers he Association, we wrote to the Prime Minister to explain what measures should be put in place my to protect the rural economy ss. should No Deal come to pass.

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These measures included a transition support package to primary producers who will see the value of their output undermined by EU tariffs, ensuring continued access to EU markets through Tariff Rate Quotas and maintaining access to seasonal labour. Perhaps we can try to view the world through Mr Johnson’s eyes. It is indeed true the potential to explore new markets is exciting. There are 7.5 billion consumers out there, and the last 10 years or so has seen the most extraordinary reimagining of British food and drink. We sell cheese to the French and chocolate to the Belgians, but we also sell tea and wine to China, not to mention pork, beef, lamb and a broad variety of other produce to growing markets in Asia, Africa and South America. f Those who fear that, post-Brexit, our high standards may be negotiated away have justifiable concerns. But that is only half the story. Our standards, u undoubtedly some of the highest in the world, are the very reason why cus customers in far off lands should want to b buy our produce. It is by far our bi biggest selling point, and we should si sing it from the hilltops. The Prime Minister promised to ‘‘turbo charge’ the promotion of U UK food exports post-Brexit. They aare fine words, but the campaign is o over and we must now deal with the rreality. The risks rural businesses fa face will only be mitigated, and the op opportunities we see will only be exp exploited, if Mr Johnson makes good on his promises.

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NEWS

News round-up The stories that matter to you

We must be prepared for No Deal Brexit The CLA and the Tenant Farmers Association have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson setting out how best to mitigate the risks posed to farming by a No Deal Brexit. The letter stated that leaving the EU without a deal is ‘deeply undesirable’, but welcomed government efforts to prepare for all eventualities. CLA President Tim Breitmeyer said: “For some sectors in the rural economy, leaving the EU without a deal would be deeply damaging. But make no mistake, damage would be done to the European economy too. That is why we have encouraged both

sides to return to the negotiating table immediately. “Our recommendations are designed to help government mitigate the risks of No Deal and prepare for the future, giving a degree of certainty to the thousands of rural businesses who are dependent on a thriving export market.” The letter called on government to focus on key areas in the runup to 31 October including: Maintaining and developing market access through: Ensuring continued access to EU export markets for agricultural commodities

Developing enhanced routes to market both at home and abroad Responding swiftly to market disturbance through: A transition support package to primary producers Implementing the import tariffs on food announced in March 2019 Ensuring tariff-free access to imported inputs for the agricultural industry Enabling longer-term profitability in a No Deal context through: Committing to consider the migrant labour needs of the farming industry Regulating to ensure fair treatment of primary food producers Legislating to ban the imports of food produced with techniques banned in the UK Reviewing the timing of the transition to a new policy platform.

UN climate change report

Section 21 consultation

A major climate change report has called for more sustainable uses of land and food consumption. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted how “agriculture, forestry and other land use” contribute to climate change through deforestation and peatland degradation, citing the use of land for animal agriculture and overuse of fertiliserǠas key contributors to the global increase in greenhouse gas emissions. CLA Head of Land Use Policy Susan Twining said: “There is no silver bullet to dealing with climate change.ǠFarmers are

The government’s consultation A New Deal for Renting has been published, setting out plans to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and make changes to the alternative Section 8 eviction process in the Act. CLA Senior Legal Adviser Harry Flanagan said: “The bolstering of the Section 8 route with new and improved grounds sounds promising but, in practice, this will only help landlords if the court system is fit for purpose and properly resourced, which it currently is not.” The consultation is open until 12 October. For more details and how to respond turn to page 23.

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keen and ready to farm in the most sustainable way but the tax, planning and future agriculture policies must allow them to do so.”Ǡ The CLA is continuingǠto lobby government to encourage, incentivise and enable farmers to form stronger environmental and economically sustainable rural businesses.

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INFLUENCE

The future of farming in Wales

NEWS IN BRIEF

Members have until 30 October to respond to the Welsh Government’s (WG) consultation Sustainable farming and our land. This consultation sets out latest WG thinking on post-Brexit land use policy in Wales and includes revised

Stewardship payments

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has respondedǠto CLA concerns surroundingǠEnvironmental and Countryside Stewardship payments. The RPA said that allǠclaims up to 2018 have now been paid and that it will be movingǠto single payments for 2019 claims, which should allowǠpayments to be processed more quickly in the future. The application window for the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is now open and will close on 4ǠOctober.

Water wins

The government’s response to the Improving our management of water in the environment consultation contained a number of CLA wins for members.

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Defra will follow through with CLA recommendations on the importance of water trading, better options for water storage and the need to take into account all aspects of a farm business before considering reducing or revoking abstraction licences. The CLA among others criticised proposals to reduce or remove abstraction licences without providing compensation, howeverǠit looks likely that Defra will proceed with these.

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proposals from those seen in the 2018 consultation ‘Brexit and our Land’. The latest proposals show a shift away from the two-pronged approach of an Economic Resilience Scheme and a Public Goods scheme and towards a single ‘Sustainable Farming Scheme’. Farmers seeking to access the scheme would be required to undertake a farm sustainability review with advisers before preparing a farm sustainability plan. Undertaking actions identified in that plan would lead to a sustainable farming payment for actions not rewarded by the market (mainly environmental). These proposals are also closer aligned to the legislative framework which underpin much of the policy advancement in Wales. CLA Wales Director Rebecca Williams said: “This could have benefits as the Well Being of Future

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Generations (Wales) Act and the Environment (Wales) Act are themselves underpinned by Internationally agreed sustainable development goals, however more practical detail of how the scheme will work in reality is required.” Many questions about the latest proposals remain unanswered around funding, eligibility criteria and transition measures. CLA Cymru will be responding to the consultation and would welcome comments or views from members. HAVE YOUR SAY

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Energy and Rural Business Show An exciting new era begins for the Energy and Rural Business Show with the announcement that it will next take place at The East of England Arena, Peterborough, on 3 and 4 March 2020. Following on from the success of the 2019 show in Telford, the event is poised for expansion to meet the increasingly important need to provide lucrative farm diversification options and sustainable, low carbon initiatives to forward-thinking farmers, landowners and rural business owners. Once again held in association with the CLA, the Energy and Rural Business Show – incorporating Energy Now Expo, Low Emission Vehicles Expo and Rural Business Expo – will provide ideas and guidance on renewable energy generation, energy and carbon management, low carbon vehicles and machinery, and rural diversification. Demonstrations and test drives of the low carbon vehicles will also be available throughout the event. CLA East Director Ben Underwood considers it an important event in the show calendar. “With the ongoing uncertainty facing landowners and rural businesses, this event provides a great opportunity to explore new ideas,” he said. Registration is free and CLA members also have access to the VIP lounge. For more information visit energyandruralbusiness.co.uk or call 01293 854405.

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A lost river walk I have about a mile of a brook called the River Ise running through my farm. It was of interest to all, full of wildlife. A fishing club put trout in it and there were pools where you could splash and swim in, and areas where small children would paddle and build dams like they do. To walk its grassy banks was a delight to all – a great walk to see the wildlife. Every year it was dredged out and the silt put on the river banks, soon lost in the grass. A few years ago the

S Environment Agency put up LE TAR TT posts and netting with barbed ER wire along the top and stockproofed the river, so no longer could the banks be grazed. Today it is just a strip of weed and tall grass and rushes. No longer can I walk and see its banks and see the wildlife. And no longer can fishermen walk the banks. I am sorry to say the Environment Agency has ruined what was once a nice stream. Now I have a sad walk along the banks, kept back by netting!

steps to protect rivers. She said: “We do work with landowners to manage the impact of livestock on our rivers. This helps prevent accidental damage or erosion to the riverbank, and also helps protect water quality by preventing animal waste and extra silt building up in the river.”

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AN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY spokeswoman confirmed that in some instances the agency takes

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I read your recent article ‘Cream of the crop’ about growing hemp with great interest. However, one important thing to point out is that under current Home Office licence it is illegal to use the leaves and/or the flowers and also illegal to produce cannabidiol (CBD) from a UK crop. Therefore all CBD sold in the UK is produced non-domestically (as opposed to being made by UK farmers). To sell CBD in the UK is very easy and virtually unregulated by the Home Office outside of preventing it being produced domestically. The World Health Organisation, on 24 January 2019, advised the UN that hemp with <0.2% THC should not be regulated in any way and so I am interested to know how long it will take the government to address the licence to grow hemp, which at present is utterly unfit for purpose. FREDDIE FELLOWES, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Correction: In our article ‘Cream of the crop’ (Land & Business July 2019, page 21) we incorrectly stated that hemp varieties have to contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabidol (THC) – the psychoactive element of the plant – in order to be approved for growing in the UK. In fact hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC to be approved for growing in the UK.

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ANALYSIS

ELEANOR WOOD CLA PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER eleanor.wood@cla.org.uk 020 7235 0511 @CLAEleanorW

New term Boris Johnson and his Cabinet look set to enter a difficult autumn, but who are the new faces in government?

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n July, UK politics underwent a significant change, with Boris Johnson succeeding Theresa May to become the 55th Prime Minister. Mr Johnson moved quickly upon his appointment to secure a new Cabinet before the parliamentary break. Now that summer is over, there will be significant challenges for the new administration to pass Brexit legislation before the 31 October deadline, with Boris Johnson declaring that this date is “do or die”. This will be a significant challenge with a staunchly split Parliament drawn down the Brexit battle lines. It is highly likely that there will be a general election before the end of 2019. But first let us take a closer look at the new team and what this means for CLA members.

access full fibre broadband by 2025. Mr Johnson is pro international trade, but has said that in a No Deal Brexit he “would not want” to impose tariffs on imports into the UK. This suggests that a government led by Boris Johnson may choose to reduce tariffs on food imports into the UK.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Defra

The most notable departure for the rural sector was the loss of Michael Gove from Defra. He was a

Ms Villiers brings with her extensive ministerial experience but appears initially to have a limited background on rural issues. She has campaigned extensively on strengthening both environmental and animal welfare protections, which aligns fully with the CLA ask to make sure any future trade deals ensure that all products entering the UK market meet the same high animal welfare and environmental standards that UK producers meet. Within Ms Villiers’ ministerial team we have seen the return of George Eustice as Farming Minister, having previously quit the role in February in protest over the government’s Brexit policy. Thérèse Coffey and Lord Gardiner continue in their roles as Environment Minister and Lord’s Minister respectively. This this is a solid ministerial team for the new Secretary of State. In addition Zac Goldsmith

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a hugely recognisable figure as the ex-mayor of London and a major player in the Vote Leave campaign. Although he was MP for Henley early in his political career, he has predominately been focused on urban issues as mayor, and latterly as MP for Uxbridge. During his campaign to become Prime Minister he made several commitments to the rural economy, such as a pledge to enable every home to be able to

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radical but ardent cheerleader for the sector and he has now moved on to the role of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, a position that will play a key part in preparing the government for a No Deal Brexit scenario. He was replaced as Secretary of State at Defra by Theresa Villiers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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LOBBYING

George Eustice, Farming Minister

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

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has been appointed Junior Minister for Animal Welfare – a role split between Defra and the Department for International Development.

Thérèse Coffey, Environment Minister

Lord Gardiner, Minister for Rural Affairs

Zac Goldsmith, Junior Minister for Animal Welfare

Esther McVey, Housing Minister

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Matt Warman, Digital Minister

Department for Digital, often preventing much Culture, Media and needed and desired Sport rural housing. Nicky Morgan has been appointed Mr Jenrick is being as the Secretary of State for Digital, supported by Esther Culture, Media and Sport. Ms McVey as Housing Morgan must deliver for rural people Minister. Housing in the case of both broadband and has been outlined by 4G in order to close the growing the Prime Minister digital divide. In order to achieve as one of the priority this legally binding coverage targets areas that the government must get must be in put in place so that the right, with Mr Johnson hitting out rural economy can achieve its full at Labour’s policy of building more potential. She will affordable homes, be supported by saying their policies Digital Minister “which centre on the WORKING Matt Warman. building and control of FOR YOU Prior to becoming state-owned housing” The CLA has written to an MP, Mr Warman were “diametrically each of the Secretaries of was the technology opposed to the State listed in this article correspondent at interests of most and is looking to met with the Telegraph. families”. them in the near future

‘The most notable departure was the loss of Michael Gove from Defra’

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick at 37 becomes the youngest Secretary of State in the Cabinet. He is a rural MP (his constituency is Newark) and a previous Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. The CLA has written to Mr Jenrick to highlight the challenges of attempting development in rural areas, with planning difficulties

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ADVICE FENELLA COLLINS CLA HEAD OF PLANNING fenella.collins@cla.org.uk 020 7235 0511

PROPERTY RIGHTS

The CLA is seeking evidence from members in England and Wales to help influence policy

Land value capture – have your say

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and value capture’ has risen up the political agenda over the past year. The term refers to the increase in land values resulting from state activity, whether through the grant of planning permission or the development of infrastructure. Government, politicians, and think tanks from across the political spectrum have questioned whether landowners should retain these uplifts or whether they should instead be used for public benefit, particularly for affordable housing, open space or infrastructure. For the CLA to give politicians a fuller picture, balance the media debate, and influence any new policy, we need evidence from members, and have set up a survey to collect it. Previous governments have sought to capture land value increases. The current policy instruments are Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and the use of Section 106 agreements for planning obligations. Many commentators are now calling for policy, taxation and legislative changes to reduce the remuneration landowners receive when selling their land for housing

and other development. Their key message is that the state should be seeking to capture more of the value created when planning permission is granted. If these ideas became policy proposals and were subsequently implemented, they would threaten the financial interests of landowners. In the meantime, the amount that the state currently captures to finance public goods does not feature in media coverage, which is a reputational issue for members, and thus skews the debate. We will only be able to counter the arguments put forward if we have accurate and comprehensive evidence of our own and we need members’

TAKE PART IN THE CLA SURVEY

The survey is open until midnight on 30 September 2019. To take part, go to cla.org.uk and find the survey link on the home page. We will, of course, handle all evidence received in the strictest confidence.

help in gathering this evidence. The CLA’s starting point will be to compile data on the extent to which existing mechanisms (CIL, s106 planning obligations and capital gains tax) already capture increases in land value. This is a hotly contested point. Government data is unhelpful and other sources vary widely. The Centre for Progressive Capitalism argued in 2018 that the state only captured 25% of land value, while Barratt Homes put the figure nearer 50%. Clearly the average percentage will be hugely significant in any discussion regarding the efficacy of the existing system, and therefore the justification for reforms. The CLA’s survey therefore seeks data on what proportion of value the state (at local and national levels) has been captured from members’ developments in England and Wales through CIL, s106 planning obligations, and capital taxes. Without sufficient evidence, the CLA’s ability to lobby will be reduced, so we urge members, or their agents, who have obtained planning permission since December 2011 for a development that has been the subject of CIL charges and/or a 106 agreement, to respond to the survey.

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Dog Boarding and Day Care

An ever increasingly popular form of diversification and change of use of land and buildings is dog related. Dog day care and boarding is one area that is seeing an upsurge in demand by both dog owners and landowners alike. A number of companies who offer day care facilities are now looking for premises and land to exercise. Other uses such as kennels, breeding, training and grooming are also on the rise. Such uses particularly suit sites that are limited in scale. Traditional agricultural smallholdings or equine sites with an established use are often ideally suited for such activity. It is important to consider the suitability of any existing buildings or whether any new buildings are required, the latter being a potential problem in the Green Belt. In terms of existing buildings, planning permission for a change of use would be necessary in addition to any land changing use for exercising. In terms of use classes, development related to dogs falls within ‘sui generis’ i.e. does not fall within any particular use class.

One of the main considerations with canine use is noise impact on any neighbouring dwellings. In a recent appeal case for a change of use from equine to dog breeding, the Inspector concluded that the distance and orientation of nearby buildings were important factors. However, he placed less emphasis on ‘disturbance and noise’ as the dogs would be familiar with their surroundings potentially resulting in less disturbance and noise. Disturbance and noise is likely to be greater in the case of day boarding and day care and therefore would be a key consideration. Access and highways impact would also be important with potential for increased vehicle movements and intensification of an access use. Using sites with established similar vehicle movements, such as a livery yard, can be of benefit. Other considerations may apply depending on the precise nature of your proposal, so please contact your local Acorus office to discuss further.

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ost professional advisers would agree that farming partnerships can benefit from having comprehensive business records in place, including wills, a written partnership agreement and accurate accounts. These documents do not just deal with the farming business. They also regulate the ownership and occupation of land. The rights and duties of partners can be found in the formal documents, such as the partnership agreement and minutes, as well

as in informal agreements implied through a course of dealing, which may be evidenced in other documents, in particular, the signed accounts. These can override what has been agreed and can change the position between the partners over the years. If nothing is recorded or if the documents are silent on a particular point, the Partnership Act 1890 will then apply. This can lead to the partnership business being automatically ceased when one partner dies, for example, or that the income and capital profits are shared equally among all partners.

Keeping accurate and detailed accounts is a hugely important part of farming partnerships. Fail to keep proper records and you could face trouble down the line

It is not uncommon for farming partnerships to hold valuable landed assets for inheritance tax reasons. English law makes a distinction between the legal and beneficial ownership of land. The legal owners (those named at the Land Registry or on the title deeds) hold the land on a trust for the beneficial owners. Therefore, where land is held as partnership property, it is not necessary for all the partners to be the legal owners. The legal owners need only declare that they are holding it on trust for the partnership and this should be evidenced in writing, normally as a deed. Once the land has been introduced as partnership property, a specific gift of that land in a will may become ineffective. This is because the original owner no longer holds a beneficial interest in that land, but instead has an interest in the partnership capital. Wills should therefore be checked and updated, if appropriate to leave the share in the partnership rather than the specific asset.

Structuring the capital accounts The business assets and liabilities are summarised on the balance sheet, which also reflects the partners’

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entitlement. Strictly speaking, each partner should have a capital account (reflecting the capital they have introduced) and a current account (which represents their income profits, less drawings). It would be inappropriate to combine the capital and current accounts on the balance sheet. This is something Roderick l’Anson Banks – a leading author on partnership law – describes as an “accounting heresy”. Unless a separate land capital account is used, the partnership land will be treated as part of the general capital of the partnership, and will be distributed as such when the partnership is dissolved or

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Recommended format for a farm partnership balance sheet 2019 Tangible assets

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It is not enough for the property to be reflected on the balance sheet when putting land into the partnership. Recent cases, such as Ham v Bell [2016] EWHC 1791 and Wild vs. Wild [2018] EWHC 2197, have confirmed that, as a matter of principle, one partner cannot unilaterally bring an asset into the partnership without agreement from the other partners. In the absence of a partnership agreement, this could cause real problems as the court in Wild vs. Wild held that despite having been settled and signed, the accounts can be reopened and therefore they are not conclusive.

was 16. His other son, Gregory, joined the partnership in 1994. Ben died in 2003 and the partnership continued between Malcolm and Gregory. The brothers fell out and the partnership was dissolved in 2016. There was no written partnership agreement, but there was a reference in the partnership accounts to “property” of £40,750 with no further description. Gregory argued that the farm and bungalow was part of the partnership and should therefore be brought into account when winding up the business. Malcolm, on the other hand, was of the view that the farm was never an asset of the partnership.

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The family farm partnership was first set up in 1978 between Ben Wild and his son, Malcolm, when Malcolm

The court concluded that the £40,750 accounting entry was a reference to the farm. Although this was very

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powerful and persuasive evidence, it was not conclusive. There was other evidence – of instructions being taken for a will which demonstrated that the late Ben saw the farm as his personal property rather than belonging to the partnership. There was also evidence to suggest that Ben was the driving force, making important partnership decisions, without consulting Malcolm. Consequently, the court considered it was unlikely that Ben would have given up control over the farm when making Malcolm a partner at the tender age of 16. The court concluded that the inclusion of the farm in the accounts was a unilateral decision by Ben, without any discussion or agreement from Malcolm. Accordingly, the farm was held not to be a partnership asset and so fell to be distributed in accordance with Ben’s will.

when the land is sold. To avoid this problem, a separate land capital account can be used to ringfence the interest of the land-owning partners. It is therefore important for the partners to specify in the partnership agreement how the profits and losses within these accounts should be divided.

The importance of paperwork Determining whether the land is partnership property has wider implications for the partners as individuals. Recent decisions have highlighted the overreliance placed on partnership accounts and have said that other evidence must also be considered. This is a highly technical area and business partners do not always understand the difference between property jointly owned by individuals and partnership property. A lot of preliminary work – involving legal, accounting and valuation – is often required when putting these arrangements in place. The problem is that the best witness (i.e. the deceased) will no longer be available to give his/her own account and that’s what makes paperwork so important.

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ith more people moving from rural to urban areas for work and affordable housing, combined with the reduction in availability of migrant labour both now and potentially after Brexit, it is no wonder farmers are facing challenges when attracting motivated, enthusiastic staff.

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What makes a good employer? Surprisingly pay is often cited as the least important factor employees consider when applying for and staying in a job. Often having a good employer is much more desirable than being paid in the top quartile for a particular role. So, what does make a good employer? Effective and regular communication between staff can often head off any issues before they become too serious. Employers who delegate and trust their staff to carry out the job (once fully trained) will likely gain their trust and loyalty. Clear leadership, a team environment and inclusive decision making (where appropriate) are other qualities high quality staff demand most from their bosses.

Recruitment is one of the biggest challenges facing rural businesses. Here are some suggestions for attracting and retaining motivated staff Attracting staff It is important your job advertisement is clear as to the role and responsibilities your vacancy will entail. In addition to a clear job title, giving as much detail as possible to the production system, size of holding, housing and local infrastructure will allow potential applicants to make an informed decision about applying. Once this is covered a clear job description should be provided that covers: Job title and location A summary of the role and how it fits into the business Tasks and responsibilities Personal qualities needed Reporting structures and working relationships Skills, qualifications, licences and experience required Expectations such as production targets Whether the position is full-time, part-time or casual

Retaining staff Staff who stay a long time can be a real asset to your rural business, both as an indicator of a positive working environment, but also as a trainer of new employees. Keys to

attaining a stable workforce include making sure you have high levels of health and safety in your business and a regular review system that heads off any issues before they become toxic. If your position includes accommodation make sure it is maintained to a high standard and make sure you have the correct planning permission for the type of accommodation you are offering. This is most salient for seasonal employees in the horticulture sector who may make use of mobile home accommodation to meet increased demand during particular times of the year.

Brexit effect on migrant employment Many EU migrants are less willing to move or stay in the UK either seasonally or permanently as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. This has made it more difficult for some rural businesses to fill all their vacancies. If you currently employ EU staff it is important you check the gov.uk website to determine what you need to do in order to keep staff and ensure they are legally allowed to stay in UK after Brexit.

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The end of Section 21? Residential landlords in England now have a chance to tell government not to abolish Section 21 repossessions without a suitable replacement system in place

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he past decade has seen the ever-increasing regulation of the private rented sector (PRS) and in April the government made the shock announcement that it plans to end the section 21 repossession route, the so called ‘no fault’ ground for possession that is available only to landlords of assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs). The promised consultation A New Deal for Renting – Resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants (which can be found on the website gov.uk) was published on 21 July. It is proposing some of the most far reaching changes the PRS has seen in a generation and we have until 12 October to respond.

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the alternative Section 8 eviction process in the Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants but only if one of the specified “grounds” can be proved. This requires an application to the courts. The bolstering of the Section 8 route with new and improved grounds sounds promising but, in practice, this will only help landlords if the court system is fit for purpose and properly resourced, which it currently is not. Sensing the government’s determination to pursue the ban, earlier this year the CLA joined together with other leading landlord organisations to form the Fair Possessions Coalition. We issued a detailed statement (which can be read in full on the CLA website) making the case for landlords.

The key point of this was that “a thriving private rental market that provides choice for tenants hinges on landlords having confidence that they can regain possession of their property in a timely and efficient way. At present, only Section 21 repossessions provide that certainty. It should be kept unless and until a new system is in place that provides landlords with the same level of certainty. The other routes currently available for repossessing properties do not meet this test”. The aim was to try to make the government see sense and, at the earliest opportunity, to help shape the nature of the debate. We argued that to remove Section 21 without such a system in place could have serious unforeseen consequences for the PRS and would undermine

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investment at a time when private landlords are being relied upon to provide homes for 20% of English households.

The consultation seeks ‘how’ rather than ‘whether’ to abolish Section 21 Disappointingly, this consultation seeks views on “how” rather than “whether” to implement the government’s decision to abolish Section 21. It therefore feels very much a fait accompli and, indeed, its means of achieving the change is to propose the removal of the AST regime altogether. All future tenancies would be “assured tenancies” (either periodic or fixed term), which can only be ended by the landlord if they gain possession through the courts. The consultation also seeks to explore how Section 21 has been used in the past, and the circumstances in which landlords should be able to regain possession “once it has been abolished”.

A transition period for landlords

In summary, the government seeks views on: The implications of not allowing landlords to grant ASTs in the future. Whether to introduce a minimum length for fixed term tenancies and whether that should be six months, 12 months or two years. The circumstances in which landlords should be able to regain possession – the government is contemplating allowing additional grounds for possession so that Section 8 notices could be served if a member of the landlord’s family wishes to live in the property and when the landlord wants to sell the property, although this right would only be available after two years of a fixed tenancy. The improvement of the process for repossession

The reforms are not proposed to be retrospective so there will be a transition period when landlords and tenants can still enter into ASTs and Section 21 will still be available to end existing ASTs (and statutory periodic tenancies that continue beyond the date when the legislation comes into force). The government is currently planning to commence the new law six months after royal assent to give the sector time to adjust. Many landlords remember and fear a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Rent Acts and the government reassures us that it does not want to see this either. However, if removing ASTs is to work it is clear that significant improvements and investment must be made to the eviction process. While the government has acknowledged this, the reality is that this will require

HAVE YOUR SAY ON SECTION 21 Respond to the government’s survey online: at surveymonkey. co.uk/r/52JFF5T Let the CLA know your thoughts and views. Email: section21@cla.org.uk

orders through the courts. Whether the proposed changes should apply to other landlords, for example, housing associations or those in the build-to-rent sector.

‘It is proposing some of the most far reaching changes the private rented sector has seen in a generation’

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Serious risk to the rural economy The CLA believes it is totally unacceptable for these changes to be made without there being a new system in place that establishes clear and comprehensive grounds for repossession and a properly funded and accessible court system that landlords can rely upon. From the rural perspective, it is absolutely key that landlords who house their employees can be confident of repossession when the job comes to an end. We will continue to stress to government that without this there would be a serious risk to the efficiency of the rural economy.

A chance for landlords to be heard This consultation is our chance to make the voice of rural residential landlords heard and, while the CLA will be responding on behalf of our members, we would encourage as many of you as possible to respond directly too. The government’s preferred method of response is the online survey (see box above). We would also urge landlords to lobby their respective MPs to reinforce the strength of feeling on this issue. There is much uncertainty (even as to whether this policy will survive – with the ministers who set it up now gone), but we are working on the assumption that we will need to defend landlords’ position and be thinking creatively about the shape of new legislation. In the meantime, please do take time to respond to the consultation.

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The crème de la crème Dairy is one of the leading sectors within UK farming, but in a highly competitive market, it is worth considering the options available to diversify your business and maximise profits. CLA Land Use Adviser Fraser McAuley reports

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he rich history of milk and cheese production in the UK combined with excellent grass growing conditions and the cando nature of our farmers has helped to create one of the leading dairy industries in the world. However, volatility can affect output prices in dairy just as in any other industry.

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When competing on world markets with the US high input-high output production model on one side, and the low input grass-based production system of New Zealand on the other, there can be a need for our dairy farmers to diversify their business model to maximise profits. Here is an overview of the different dairy diversification options available to farmers – not just the well-known routes of ice cream and cheese making but also ‘ethical’ dairy farming and raw milk.

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You are much more likely to commit the time and effort to a diversification project if you are interested in it so weigh up your interests before committing. This also goes for evaluating the skills you already have. You will save significant time and money if upskilling for a new diversification is not required.

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If there is any opportunity to use redundant farm buildings or existing facilities in your dairy diversification then you are likely to save considerable set-up costs.

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Make use of others’ experience. It is often easy to find other businesses across the country who have diversified into something similar so do your research and speak to as many people as possible.

4 Start your own creamery While this is quite a well-trodden path, the variety of cheese that can be produced allows you to carve your own local niche if required. As farmers markets have continued to grow in many locations, consumers are more likely seek out artisan, locally produced products. The nature of cheese production means it is feasible to start small and grow slowly

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as you become more experienced and your market grows. Not only does diversifying into cheesemaking create another income stream, it may be possible to make the process itself a source of income. Some farm businesses have introduced cheesemaking courses and open days allowing the public to see the process for themselves and MILK PRICES even take part. The UK average milk price for June This can sometimes 2019 was 28.09ppl according to Other more be even more Defra, up 0.25ppl (0.9%) on the stringent tests lucrative than previous month. The GB five-year when selling raw other enterprises average price was 27.23ppl in milk straight to the on the farm. June, down 2.4% from the same the consumer include If cheesemaking month in 2018, when it was 27.91ppl, extra testing for can seem quite showing the relative stability of the brucellosis and daunting it could be five-year average over the year. tuberculosis over worth considering and above what is butter or ice-cream normally required ventures. While it for a farm supplying a milk processer. is still critical to gain the necessary skills, butter or ice-cream can be slightly easier ‘Ethical’ dairy farming to plan for as there is no time required for UK animal health and welfare standards maturation, resulting in better cash flow. are among some of the highest in It is worth remembering that if you do the world, however there are some diversify into a particular product you consumers who do not agree with the can still continue to send a proportion of required production cycle of dairy cows your volume to the milk supply company, and their calves. To cater for this niche giving you some added certainty. market some businesses have changed Go raw from taking the calf from the dam at the Raw milk (milk that has not been earliest possible stage (normally within 24 pasteurised or homogenised) is becoming hours) to leaving the calf with the dam for more popular as there is some evidence around six months. that suggests the natural state the milk is There have been some improvements consumed in is better for the human gut. in cow and calf welfare in addition to However, there are some precautions and reduced antibiotic use, however output extra regulations you have to consider has reduced. before going down this route. As with developing any rural In mainstream milking routines enterprise careful consideration for pasteurisation kills any potentially business output and costs needs to be harmful bacteria, but as a raw milk taken before committing to any new producer your hygiene routine has to be diversification project. flawless to make sure there is minimal It cannot be said enough that gaining contamination with impurities such as the right advice and guidance is crucial to hair, dung or urine. There are a range of ensure the success of any diversification. stipulations that you need to consider Taking the time to consider planning, before selling raw milk from sheep, cows, taxation and succession issues will pay goats or buffalo – for further information dividends in the long term. If you would visit food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/rawlike further advice contact your local CLA drinking-milk office in the first instance.

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Don’t leave it too late Securing planning permission to build on farm, estate and other edge of settlement land for housing development or employment is not a challenge for the fainthearted. Colin Muller, from Muller Property Group, explains how early action helps realise development value for landowners

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chieving a large residential planning consent for farm, estate and other edge of settlement land is a challenging, time consuming and expensive exercise. It requires expert knowledge of the planning system at both local and national level, tenacity and deep pockets. In short, it’s not easy. And, my favourite mantra is: ‘Don’t leave it too late!’ as it’s of critical importance to be the first in the queue for development in a settlement. Like with many things that are difficult, the rewards are significant and the financial incentives of a housing consent are enormous. At a time when many farmers are looking to invest in farm infrastructure, machinery or equipment, or are looking to diversify, the value that can be yielded from a piece of land is significant - life changing in fact. Whereas agricultural land has a value of £10,000–£15,000 per acre, the same land with a residential housing consent can achieve 10, 20 or more times that value.

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In terms of speculative applications, Muller successfully gained outline planning consent for 149 dwellings, across two phases, on a 12.78 acre site in Ansley. Located within North Warwickshire District Council, we successfully demonstrated that the 9.4 year housing land supply that the council's claimed at the time was unsound. We proved that their actual supply was 3.5 years, triggering the “presumption in favour of sustainable development”. Being ready to quickly make a planning application when it became apparent that the authority had a lack of housing supply was critical in gaining consent. Muller was the first company to blow the doors off the council’s housing land supply figures in North Warwickshire.

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“Colin helped one of our clients secure planning on a challenging site. Despite refusals they just kept going, throwing all their expertise at it. And they won through in the end. Our client was delighted and we were all impressed with their tenacity.” Robert Holley, Tayler & Fletcher, Stow-on-the-Wold

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From the smallest refresh to the most ambitious structural project, estate owners are embracing the joys and challenges of preserving and improving their properties. Tim Relf reports

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clear vision, lots of enthusiasm and a contingency fund – that’s what you’ll need if you’re planning work on a country house, according to Sarah Callander Beckett. If you’re entering the holiday accommodation sector, it’s vital to know your market and identify your USP, says Sarah, who converted a semiderelict 19th century stable block to self-catering lets at Combermere Abbey in Shropshire. “Nowadays, first-class furnishings and facilities are the norm, but we’ve always tried to make a real statement and gone for 5-star quality,” she says. “We’ve continued to invest heavily to make sure our interiors are up to date, but it is possible to make stylish changes inexpensively.” Books, the internet and TV

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programmes are great sources of ideas and inspiration, but tastes are subjective, she points out. “If it’s a home that you’ve just acquired and are keen to put your own stamp on, spend time in it before making big changes. You need to Nick. “The older and bigger the house, understand how you live in the space the larger the can. So allow meaningful and the way the house flows. contingencies for the unexpected, but “There’s a big difference between remember that for a Grade I-listed decoratively refreshing a room and house these will need to be much higher doing bigger work like, say, fitting than for a more modern standard-build new bathrooms.” property.” Building a good working Any refurbishment and renovation relationship with professional partners can bring challenges and be allsuch as architects, mechanical and consuming, but those electrical consultants, who do it usually view quantity surveyors and being involved as “a experienced contractors pleasure and a privilege”, is key, says Nick Jones, TOP TIPS says Nigel Heldreich of the resident agent Wheathills, a Derbyshirefor Glynde Estates in Create a ‘mood based firm specialising in Sussex. board’ from photos conserving and restoring The range of work of objects, styles and period buildings and their undertaken at Glynde colours you like contents. Estates has included Speak to retailers “If people have had a an award-winning such as Laura house passed down to them, restoration of the Ashley and OKA who they usually feel a massive principal house, Glynde have design consultants responsibility when making Place, to make it a Have a preliminary any changes, but houses “fit-for-purpose, conversation don’t stay the same, inside 21st century family with your planning/ or out, and it’s important home”, as well as to conservation officer that architecture, designs preserve and maintain to see if your plans and fashions continue to its fabric for the benefit require consents evolve,” says Nigel. of future generations. Remember, a “Any work on a country “With any major listing can place house is part leap of project, remember big – potentially faith and part journey of the ‘can of worms’ costly – limitations on discovery.” analogy, too,” adds renovation work

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etween 1900 and 1973, 26 native breeds of farm animal became extinct in Britain, with demand for high-production agriculture using specialist, highly efficient, single-purpose breeds in place of traditional multi-purpose breeds a key factor. In more recent decades, however, thanks to work by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, active individual breed societies and keepers, farm parks, and a renewed interest in the merits of particular native breeds, numbers of many of them have stabilised or shown

upward trends. No further breeds have gone extinct since 1973. So why keep native and rare breeds?

Niche markets “It makes total sense to keep rare pedigree Lincoln Red cattle on the Lincolnshire wolds,” says Amy Jobe. “The Lincoln Red formed the backbone of Lincolnshire beef production for decades. Their nature is phenomenal and their meat is amazing.” Amy, a trained agronomist and fourth generation livestock and arable farmer near Louth, bought 10 Lincoln Reds in 2015 and keeps them as a separate enterprise from her father’s herd of

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continental cross-breeds. Her herd has since grown to 47 breeding cows in spring (20 in autumn) and she sends six a month to slaughter. Meat is hung for a month. “The higher fat covering compared with most ‘modern’ continental cross-breeds allows for a longer dry hanging time, enabling flavours to really develop naturally.” Amy sells meat locally, via meat boxes and to London restaurants or butchers under the Lincoln Russet brand, to distinguish it from beef marketed as Lincoln Red that may be Lincoln Red cross. Competitive pricing – “my father gets two grain-fed, fast-growing animals for one of my grass-fed, slow-growing Lincoln Reds” – is challenging. But through sheer hard work Amy has built a loyal following. While Amy believes there could be “huge scope” to expand the business, at the moment it remains “a small part” of her working day on the family farm. “The satisfaction from seeing Lincoln Reds in the field and producing stunning meat is undeniably rewarding,” she says.

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Longhorns grazing beneath Carreg Cennen Castle

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funny cows or funny sheep’ and choose Wool and grazing Gloucestershire-based Katie Allen keeps to come here rather than somewhere 60 Castlemilk Moorit and Portland else, I can live with that.” sheep, and her husband James keeps 23 His pedigree native Longhorns British White cattle including one bull. certainly look the part grazing around Katie uses the chocolate-brown and medieval Carreg Cennen Castle in cream wool from her sheep to make Carmarthenshire. Loopy Ewes contemporary artisan Bernard and his wife Margaret have homewares, trading on their ‘fleece made the most of having a castle on their to fibre’ story of sustainability. The working hill farm, developing a thriving couple sell lamb and beef through visitor business around it including select outlets and via meat events and wedding boxes, strongly marketed facilities. “We get around RARE BREEDS on values of “provenance, 80,000 visitors a year, to IN NUMBERS quality not quantity, and the castle and footpaths – slow-grown tastiness.” one is rated in the top 20 There are around Without land of their AA walks.” 30,000 herds and flocks of native breeds own, Katie and James (who Bernard and Margaret in the UK. They also works full time in IT) established their Carreg contribute over £700m hire out their stock for herd of Longhorns in 1981 to UK local economies. conservation grazing and and their animals have (Source: RBST) this provides another key since “dressed the set” in £3,200 – cost of element to the story behind films as well as around the a full cattle embryo collection for the their products. castle. “Although they look National Gene Bank “Like most native breeds, ferocious with their horns, our sheep and cattle are they tend to be quite kind pretty hardy and can thrive cattle,” Bernard says. He outdoors on sparser vegetation and also keeps sheep like Balwens, Radnors pasture that has not been improved with and Jacobs to add to visitor interest. fertilisers and other inputs,” Katie says. Not just pretty faces, the Longhorns “Conservation grazing includes are farmed for beef. “I think people are winter grazing of species-rich eating less red meat and are perhaps a wildflower meadows and there bit more choosy about the quality they is a growing movement, around do eat – slower maturing, flavoursome regenerative agriculture, for grazing for meat.” Bernard’s prize-winning herd is soil health, mob grazing and rotational well known on the showing circuit, too, grazing,” James says. and he has recently sold two bulls to They have recently been offered longGenus Breeding. W carregcennencastle.com term grassland and parkland grazing by

“Our heritage breeds are crucial to the UK’s farming future,” according to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), founded in 1973. The RBST works to protect more than 150 individual breeds from nine different species and monitors trends through its annual Watchlist. Alongside the cultural significance of animals like White Park cattle that roamed England before Stonehenge was built, native breeds matter economically, socially and environmentally, says chief executive Christopher Price. He says: “As we leave the EU and CAP, farming will start to look very different. It’s unlikely that most farmers will be able to compete on the production of commodities with the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. Many farmers will have to look more towards alternatives, producing low-volume, high-value niche products. Our native breeds with their wonderful history can form part of that.” Maintaining native breeds is also important for long-term risk management, Christopher says. He believes we need a diverse livestock gene pool to preserve traits needed to face future challenges like diseases or climate change. RBST collects genetic material to save in the National Gene Bank, focusing this year especially on some of our rarest breeds of cattle including Native Aberdeen Angus and Irish Moiled. Anyone willing to loan a cow for IVF or Embryo Transfer is urged to get in touch. W rbst.org.uk

the manager of a large local estate. “We are also working with him to graze our stock off leys which will be put into the arable rotation to help build soil fertility,” Katie says. “It’s a creative way to improve soil health rather than lots of inputs.” James says: “We are getting more and more requests like this. It is definitely a growth area.” W loopyewes.co.uk W heritagegraziers.co.uk LAND & BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2019 37

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eter, who established his Halifax-based business Meakins Carpenters and Joiners in 2002, served his apprenticeship more than 40 years ago at a traditional joiners and undertakers in the area. From an early age, he worked on historic and listed buildings where he became a dab hand in making crossboarded doors which are considered the oldest method for creating doors commonly found in historic churches, farm houses and older buildings. As an experienced carpenter, Peter worked on various restoration projects both big and small, including Salts Mill in Saltaire and Dean Clough Mills in Halifax, but it was his life-long passion for producing cross-boarded doors which inspired him to set up his own business. It should come as no surprise that Peter enjoys restoring ash frames on classic cars including racing Bentleys and Rolls Royces. A major challenge for the business is the sourcing of good quality oak for the doors, and they were fortunate to have identified Summerscales Saw Mills in Grimsby which sources and cuts its own wood. Peter personally selects the boards for each door, and in addition, makes all the nails and studs individually in his workshop. Hinges are made by a local engineer, while ironmongery, which incorporates high security locks, is also sourced locally. Peter says: “The construction and

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appearance of our doors gives a quality feel and the perception that they many be hundreds of years old, even though they often incorporate high specification locks and alarm technology. In our workshop, we always aim to exceed our customers’ expectations by marrying craftsmanship with the best quality materials.” Peter visits every customer to meet them in person, and to measure the doorway where the

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product will be fitted. The crafting of cross-board doors is a painstaking process and starts off in the workshop where traditional methods are used to mature the oak. Peter’s team of craftsmen blends various oils, including linseed, to produce a natural finish. The process of building a crossboard door is very hands-on to ensure the quality of each door is finished to a high standard. More recently, Peter and his skilled team finished a three year renovation project on a Grade II*-listed A Star yeoman's manor house in Halifax which included restoring a 14th century door. Other projects include a Maltings barn restoration and producing a consignment of cross-boarded doors for an order from Japan. In addition to three plank doors, Peter and his team also has extensive experience in designing and constructing staircases to individual customer requirements, including both modern and traditional GET IN TOUCH geometric W meakinsheritage.co.uk curved T 07980 748 086 designs.

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Having recently committed to a 2050 net zero carbon target in an effort to limit global warming, reduce pollution and improve air quality, UK government recognises that electrically-powered low carbon ground source heat pumps have a critical role to play in providing a more sustainable heating infrastructure, and aid further decarbonisation of the grid.

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ground source heat pumps, thus reaping the benefits of better cost savings, enhanced RHI income, and opportunities to diversify and grow their businesses. Many will already have invested in wind or solar systems, possibly linked to localised battery storage, to keep energy costs down and encourage self-sufficiency. Linking these up to a ground source heat pump will allow landowners to enjoy ultra-low cost heating. Further, any surplus electricity can power the ground source heat pump for other revenue generating and diversification opportunities, such as drying, delivering the required heat at the lowest possible running costs and carbon impact. Being electrically-powered devices, ground source heat pumps can also take advantage of dynamic tariffs which vary electricity charges depending upon the time of use. They can be run when power supply is at its cheapest and lowest carbon.

Many are already taking advantage of the low carbon and financial benefits that ground source heat pumps bring. These non-combustion devices extract freely available heat energy from ground and water sources, producing three times as much energy as they consume without creating any point of use pollution or CO2 emissions. For these reasons, landowners installing ground source heat pumps into their rural properties and agricultural businesses are being rewarded with a double win of low carbon, low cost heating and Established in 1999 from its base hot water, complemented by the in Cornwall, Kensa Heat Pumps lucrative tariffs available through has pioneered the adoption the government’s Renewable Heat of ground source heat pump Incentive (RHI) scheme, in place to technology in the UK, offering a 2021.

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The Glamping show

The Glamping Show Louise Winters of the Glamping Show looks at what holidaymakers want from ‘staycations’, including unique stays, getting close to nature and digital detox

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word of caution: plan your offering to meet the demand from the market to see a solid return on your investment. Barclays’ recently published report The Great British Staycation contains useful market insights for the UK tourism sector and the key points for outdoor tourism are outlined below. Holidaymakers want unique experiences to reminisce about and share on social media. This explains the popularity of glamping which can put guests right into the heart of a beautiful and unique landscape, giving them plenty to experience and fabulous photo opportunities.

with luxuries like spa or hot tub access. Think about what your location can offer and how you can partner with activity providers or local businesses to create a unique holiday experience.

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The Glamping Show takes place at the NAEC Stoneleigh from 19-21 September. To register for your free ticket and for more information visit theglampingshow.com

Seventy per cent of those aged 25-34 – an age group with good spending power – are looking for a ‘digital detox’ to escape the pressures of being constantly connected for work. Glamping and luxury accommodation partner very naturally with wellbeing activities, spa breaks and

eco-living practices, leading your guests away from their screens and offering the rest and ‘me-time’ they are craving.

Putting it into practice To get your business off to a good start you will need to source the right suppliers and advice. Featuring more than 100 exhibitors, 45 seminars and a host of experts, the Glamping Show provides the tools you need to create a successful glampsite. The CLA will have its own centrally located stand (110) with the CLA seminar theatre. Members will be able to meet the team and hear from CLA experts who will be presenting on topics including: top 10 things to consider when starting up, planning permission and improving your online media strategy.

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MEMBER OFFER To obtain your exclusive CLA member discount please follow the simple process outlined below: You should visit any of Mitsubishi’s 130 Authorised Main Dealers, inform them that you wish to purchase a Mitsubishi vehicle using the CLA’s specially agreed discount terms, and quote your CLA membership number. Your nominated dealer will then give you current prices, CLA discount rates,

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CLA INSURANCE

PATRICIA JONES HEAD OF RURAL AT CLA INSURANCE

Thinking of renovating? If you’re planning to extend, renovate, build or demolish any part of your property you need to review your existing cover to make sure you are covered for the works you are seeking to carry out Does my household policy not cover the works? Many home insurance policies may not provide suitable cover in these circumstances. The insurer may void the policy when the work commences and you may need to find alternative cover. Insurers need to be informed of any planned renovations and will not automatically provide cover for the existing structure. They may also limit the perils for the duration of the works, often to ‘fire, lightning, explosion or aircraft’.

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Your contractor may have insurance for the building work itself (a Contractors All Risk policy) but many may not have cover for the existing structure. Their policy might not protect you in all circumstances, as different contractors will have different levels of cover, with their own limits and exclusions. It is

important to let your insurance agent know if you are thinking of renovating so terms can be agreed prior to renovations commencing.

What do I need to know? Building works can be one of the riskiest times during an insurance policy. There is an increased risk of: Fire Flood Escape of water Subsidence Theft Accidental damage You can insure the existing structure, contract, works, contents, materials and liabilities under one seamless policy. When entering into a contract, it is important to select the correct insurance clause to ensure that your cover is not jeopardised. Some contracts (such as JCT) may make you liable for insuring the works so it is important that you understand your obligations.

What next? It is important to remember that if you are planning on renovating your home (either yourself or hiring a contractor to do so) you must inform your insurance agent of the following key facts: The project start and end dates at least 30 days before commencement Details of those participating in the project Budget and projected cost including VAT and applicable fees Schedule of works Confirmation of the contractor’s liability cover This is not an exhaustive list, as each project differs so depending on the scope of the work additional information may be required.

GET IN TOUCH Call 01234 819 521 to speak to a CLA Insurance adviser. We are confident our quote will at least match your existing policy. With 99% of our clients renewing, it shows our service is as strong as our products.

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strategy and opportunities for how financial, social and environmental improvements can be generated. Featuring guest expert speakers from Rothschild & Co, the Ernest Cook Trust and the Wheatsheaf Group among others, this is an unmissable event for anyone working on behalf of, or with, institutional landowners.

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Taking place at the Hallam Conference Centre in London on Wednesday 2 October, tickets are now on sale. Tickets cost £150 + VAT for members (£295 + VAT for non-members). To book please visit cla.org.uk/ilc2019 or call Tahirih McLaren-Brown on 020 7460 7928

GRAHAM RAMSBOTTOM CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE WHEATSHEAF GROUP

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REVIEW

Book shelf CONSERVATION

The latest titles reviewed

Practical Deer er Managementt By Charles Smith-Jones es Published by Quiller bac ack) k) Publishing, £25 (hardback)

RURAL LIFE

Practical Deer Management gem emen entt iiss bo both meely y, wr writ ites es much needed and timely, writes Robert Frewen. ncreeas asee in deer dee eerr Awareness of the increase ears rs numbers over the lastt 30 yea years sciousn snes ess, s, is rising in public consciousness, spondiing aand n nd mainly due the corresponding hicle coll llis isio ions ns unfortunate rise in vehicle collisions with deer on public roads. Female roe deer (does) tend to have twins every May and the milder weather has meant a significant drop in winter mortality such that locally in Yorkshire the roe population has probably increased by a factor of three in the last 30 years. Fallow deer in southern England are running

The Decline of an English Village By Robin Page Published by Quiller Publishing, £18.95 (hardback) Former TV presenter and countryside activist Robin Page returns to his critically acclaimed debut, The Decline of the English Village, with an updated 45th anniversary edition, writes James Ketchell. Lamenting changes to the rural way of life, Page highlights the loss of community, political interference in rural affairs, and over-intensification

herds some of which are over a thousand strong. A management plan for deer on most lowland estates is becoming increasingly necessary and this book is a first class guide in doing just that. It covers every aspect of putting in

plac a management plan starting place with details of current populations incl in clu u including population maps for ea of the six species of deer and each thei th eirr increase, different methods their of management, m of cull planning and iden id en cation. Crucially, there is identifi deta de ta detailed advice on all aspects of the law surrounding deer control to law k ep landowners and farmers on the ke keep righ side of their local constabulary. right c I commend this book to all our members who have deer on thei land – they always say that their e for every deer you see, there f are four you don’t. Effective management of those populations is going to become increasingly important and this book provides complete guidance in a format that is both easily read and understood.

‘This book covers every aspect of putting in place a management plan’

of farming as having disastrous effects for the countryside and ecology across the original text and updated conclusions. While many readers may well recognise the idyllic and quintessentially English rural scenes painted by Page, there are times when the nostalgia can become phs overwhelming as the paragraphs nge,, build to invariably attack change, ost all ll in almost any form and in almost instances. ple, pl e Recognition that, for example, new homes, technology, and kin ki ng changing working lso practices can also tun unit itie iess present opportunities ora rati tion on for the reinvigoration uld ul d of rural life would perhaps have he e strengthened the core argument

that only the countryside has the understanding to decide its own destiny. However, given Page’s unashamed partisan approach, I suspect he cares not one jot. This is still a lovely autumn read for anyone with a yearning for the countryside of yesteryear, if only to remind readers hav ave already alre al read ady y lost. lo of what we have

‘There are times when the nostalgia can become overwhelming’

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EVENT

Join us to hear from landowners who are identifying and exploiting new markets at home and abroad

SPEAKERS INCLUDE

Follow the conversation online: #RB2019 JESS BROOKS GAME AND CONSERVATION WILDLIFE TRUST

TIM PALMER FARMER CHAIRMAN OF MARTIN DOWN FARMER CLUSTER

Jess and Tim will talk about environmental success achieved through the Martin Down Farmer Cluster, and explore how Environmental Land Management Schemes could support farm clusters in future

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW Taking place at the QEII Centre in London on Thursday 28 November, early bird member tickets are now on sale. Tickets cost £80 + VAT for members (£350 + VAT for non-members). To book please visit cla.org.uk/conference2019 or call Tahirih McLaren-Brown on 020 7460 7928 or email claconference@cla.org.uk

CLA Investors Masterclass Series Tickets are also on sale for the CLA Investors Masterclass Series, which is part of the Rural Business Conference programme and takes place across the country in September and October. To find out more see pages 56-57 or go to cla.org.uk/conference2019

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CLA HEA HEALTHCARE

RICHARD GOULD DIRECTOR OF CLA HEALTHCARE

It’s good to talk We need to talk about mental wellbeing within rural and farming communities

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n important date this month is 10 September which marks World Suicide Prevention day. With figures indicating that on average one farmer a week dies by suicide, this is an increasingly important subject for rural and farming communities. With one in four people being diagnosed with a mental illness, looking after our mental wellbeing has become one of the biggest health challenges within the UK.

What is causing poor mental health in the sector?

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Major causes of stress and depression for British farmers are the financial pressures they face, the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit and the impact of bad weather on their businesses. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) identified that the risk of suicide was higher among those working in specific agricultural roles such as harvesting crops and rearing animals (almost twice the national average). In addition, the sector is recognised as having a poor safety record and stress can often be an

associated cause of accidents and injuries on farms. Some people living in rural communities report feeling isolated. Culturally, for many in the sector, talking about their feelings does not come naturally. Some people feel that there is still a stigma associated around talking about their mental health although it is positive to see that with greater national awareness around this subject and high profile campaigns such as ‘Heads Together’, this is quickly changing.

Improving mental health within farming and rural communities The pressures of farming aren’t going to disappear, so it is important to have strategies in place to help you cope with the challenges you face. Research indicates that mental wellbeing is crucial to our overall long-term health, and can even protect us from disease. Taking positive steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. This could include: Taking regular exercise This

releases chemicals which give us a natural boost of energy Socialising Making time to catch up with friends and family Talking about your worries Equally, if you suspect that someone you know is suffering from poor mental health, make time to talk and let them know it’s okay to not be okay Getting professional help before problems escalate This might be speaking to your GP or a mental health practitioner Eating well and avoiding alcohol Making time for yourself Getting a good night’s sleep

Finding help No one has to face mental health problems alone. If you can’t talk to your family or friends, there are lots of organisations who offer confidential support: Farming Community Network (FCN) – fcn.org.uk Mind – mind.org.uk Samaritans – samaritans.org Mental Health Foundation – mentalhealth.org.uk If you want to find out more about ways you can support your overall health and wellbeing, speak to a member of the CLA Healthcare team.

GET IN TOUCH Specialist help for CLA members If you want to find out more about ways you can support your overall health and wellbeing, speak to a member of the CLA Healthcare team on 01274 717361 or email healthcare@cla.org.uk

CLA Healthcare is a trading style of Punter Southall Health and Protection (part of Howden UK). The Country Land and Business Association Limited (CLA) is an introducer appointed representative of Punter Southall Health and Protection. CLA Healthcare is a trademark of CLA. Punter Southall Health and Protection is licensed to use CLA Healthcare as a trading name. Trading Office: Butterfield Park, Otley Road, Baildon, West Yorkshire, BD17 7HE. Punter Southall Health and Protection Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) number 312841. Not all products and services offered are regulated by the FCA.

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CLA COUNCIL

Under the microscope The role of landowners in climate action and the potential restructuring of the farming industry were subjects of critical debate at CLA Council

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Climate action With the dramatic rise of climate change up the media agenda Council considered how the industry could best respond to negative press coverage and how practices to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be encouraged. The point was raised early in the debate that agriculture’s contribution to global emissions was relatively small compared to the worst offenders, generating 10% of GHGs. However, this was countered with the argument that farming has to keep pace as other sectors take steps to reduce their environmental impact, and that land managers should be on the front foot in demonstrating that landowners are part of the solution. Council heard that members have already completed carbon audits using tools such as the Cool Farm Tool – something that can both improve efficiency on farms and demonstrate good practice. “Data capture on our farms will be key,” said one member. The point was made was that climate actions in land use and agriculture need to be considered in the context of the global need for food and energy security, so any policies must make sure that reducing emissions in the UK does not lead to a rise elsewhere. One challenge was: “Should we be

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looking at carbon tariffs on imports?” A point members agreed on was that landowners have a tremendous opportunity to tackle climate change, by reducing GHGs through changes in farm management practice, carbon sequestration through land use change, production of renewable energy and, as technology advances, through bioenergy crops and carbon capture storage.

spectrum it could involve selling or changing occupation of the land. Members considered whether policies should seek to manage the changes or leave market forces to play out, and whether the health and wellbeing of farmers and landowners should be taken into consideration during the transition. It was recognised that there are economic, environmental and social grounds for government intervention in managing a major policy shift Change on the horizon around farm payments, but that it Many accept that some restructuring could be hard to quantify the social of the farming industry is necessary and cultural value of farming. in order to achieve the vision of a Council considered reports that self-reliant and competitive industry. there could be a 10-30% reduction With provisions in the Agriculture in the number of agricultural Bill to remove direct payments for holdings by 2030. One point raised farmers and to introduce payments was that there is a need to inform for environmental public goods it the public about the benefits that is likely there could be significant larger businesses can bring to changes to the makesociety – showing up of the industry that large scale following the UK’s farming is “not departure from necessarily bad”. WHAT IS CLA the EU. However, members COUNCIL? Restructuring also heard that could range from restructuring should Council is the guardian small changes be seen as broader of the CLA’s long-term objectives and meets through to larger than just efficiencies three times a year. If you scale expansions, of scale, as new are interested in being collaboration between technology could involved with the CLA’s businesses and at alter the economics of committees contact your the other end of the farming in future. local CLA office.

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Electricity Network Connection Appointments FOR WPD CUSTOMERS AND INDEPENDENT CONNECTION PROVIDERS. Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the electricity distribution network operator (DNO) for South Wales, South West England and the Midlands. We operate the regional electricity network and provide new connections to homes, businesses and generation sites at voltages from 230 volts to 132,000 volts. Ahead of applying to us for a new connection and particularly for Generation Connections, our customers and Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) often have questions and want to understand more about the process, timescales, technical matters, consents/legal requirements and possible constraints of making a connection to the network in a particular area. If you are a landowner, an ICP, developer or community group and you need to discuss your requirements and the connection process, before making an actual application for a new connection to the network, please contact WPD on the relevant number below.

Midlands:

0800 121 4909 South West & Wales:

0800 028 6229 wpdconnectappoint@westernpower.co.uk Please mention that your enquiry is for connection appointments when you call. For details of our operational area please visit our website www.westernpower.co.uk

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INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT

Sharp shooting BEST IN CLASS

With the shooting season underway this selection of clothing and equipment will help you to be at your best

Twisted Tweed Not all tweeds are created equal. This is Twisted Tweed. Starting at the mill nestled on the banks of Teviot Water in the Scottish Borders, where our tweed is woven, the cap is then hand finished in Yorkshire, meaning it never travels outside of the UK. We worked with renowned Hermès scarf designer Sylvia Kerr to create a signature print for the lining of our caps elevating this humble component of all caps to a piece of art in its own right.

The final piece of the puzzle was about giving something back. When you purchase any Twisted Tweed product not only do you instantly become the envy of all your hat wearing friends but we’re genuinely thrilled to donate 10% of our profits between two amazing charities: Racing Welfareand Restart Rugby. We love our caps and we hope you do too. The best thing is that each one reminds us of a favourite watering hole.

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Wingfield Digby ArdMoor Clothing ArdMoor was founded to offer the very best quality country clothing at exceptional prices and with unbeatable customer service for all who share our passion for the outdoors. With an unbeatable selection of shooting clothing & equipment for men & women, every item has been chosen by our experts to ensure they meet our own high standards of quality, durability & style. To celebrate the arrival of the new shooting season, save 10% by quoting code: OCTOBER19

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If you are looking for the perfect ’shooting thank you gift’, then look no further. Here at Wingfield Digby we make beautifully unique and stylish gifts all made with real Game Bird feathers. Whether you are after traditional Cock Pheasant or chic Guinea Fowl we have a style for all occasions. Our products range from Photo Frames and Trays, to matching sets of Placemats & Coasters in several stunning designs. We also have a collection of Candles, Decorations and Menswear. Shop now and enjoy 10% off everything with code NEWBIE10 (offer ends 31 October 2019).

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Sasta

Promatic

This year Sasta celebrates 50 years in the outdoor clothing business. Formed in the wilderness of northern Finland in 1969, Sasta has always been a family run business and is known for its high quality and technical products. Sasta prides itself in working with the best materials on the market, such as Gore Tex linings, Polartec, Ventile and Primaloft. Whether you are out in the countryside, shooting or dog walking you will find one of our Gore-Tex range of jackets, trousers or breeks to suit.

For over 35 years, Promatic have been designing and building the finest clay traps on the market, and are used and trusted in over 100 countries worldwide. Promatic HQ is based in the North west, at the heart of the aerospace and automotive region, therefore precise engineering methods and component quality standards are incorporated into everything they do. The range of machines available spans all clay shooting disciplines – from Sporting & Compak, Olympic Trap and Skeet, simulated game to small, personal use traps. Furthermore Promatic provides an excellent after sales service, so you can ensure reliability and longevity of the machines.

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Komodo Pro The good news is... it’s not raining. The bad news is you have just arrived at your peg, the sun is right in your eyes and you can’t see a thing. The unique sensor on the front of Komodo Pro sunglasses detects light invasion and darkens the lenses instantly, which means they will block out the glare to give you 20/20 vision. These glasses are a must-have for all game shooters and available from KomodoPro, RRP £185.

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Cool dogs travel with Lintran

Lintran transit boxes - light, cool, safe and washable. Award winning, dog and gun ranges for all vehicles. With over 30 years experience in manufacturing, we can design and build to suit your needs. Innovative new ideas for the shooting man in any vehicle to keep valuables and dogs safe. Suppliers to the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Blue Cross, MOD, Police, and pet lovers and professionals worldwide. We can supply van kit outs and quality insulated dog trailers with fans and thermostats. We stock many universal and popular custommade dog boxes and fans to keep dogs cool and are happy for you to visit our showroom at Lintran, LN8 3SF on main road A46 near Lincoln.

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Eley Hawk Eley VIP Steel Pro Eco wad cartridges are the first of their kind loaded by a UK Manufacturer. For the first time Wildfowlers game and clay shooters can now shoot steel shot cartridges safely with a non plastic wad that is harmless to the environment. The cartridge is heat sealed on the crimp to prevent ingress of moisture and has been rigorously tested for safety and ballistic confidence. Pro eco wad dissolves in 24 hours in water 100% Hydro soluble wad made with all Organic materials – non toxic to the environment Will degrade in 30 days and break down into soil in three months – 100% ecologically friendly Cartridge case is recyclable Perfect for all clay or game shooting over water Pro Eco Game in 32 Gram 3 and 5 shot Pro Eco Clay in 28 gram 7 shot

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EVENTS

Dates for the diary Highlights from the CLA calendar

CLA EAST

Nottinghamshire Branch Drinks Reception 19 September

6.30-8.30pm, Papplewick Pumping Station, Longdale Lane, NG15 9AJ Price: £15 per person

Northamptonshire Branch Drinks Reception 25 September

Wakefield Lodge, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Price: £15 per person

Natural Capital: Investing in the Environment

WHAT’S COMING UP

15 October

CLA SOUTH EAST

Forestry Conference 2019 9 October

Demonstrating and celebrating how the sector is about so much more than supplying timber is the theme of the CLA, Forestry Commission and Grown in Britain’s Annual Forestry Conference 2019. It will be held once again at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire, from 8.30am to 3pm on Wednesday 9 October, 2019. The conference aims to provide informative, practical advice for landowners, managers, foresters and farmers, kindly supported by Pryor & Rickett Silviculture, AECOM and Forest Holidays. We will also hear a keynote address from Sir Harry Studholme, chair of the Forestry Commission, about the opportunities and challenges facing it in a post-Brexit world.

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CLA NORTH Lancashire Branch AGM 2 October

10am-3.15pm, GA Petfood Partners, Plocks Farm, Leyland, PR26 9AX Speakers include CLA President Tim Breitmeyer and GA Petfood Partners chairman Roger Bracewell. The visit to GA Petfood Partners’ factory will start at 10am, followed by lunch and the formal AGM. After the AGM, the newly built ingredients kitchen will be visited.

Cumbria Branch AGM 18 October

10.30am-4pm, Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD Join us for the AGM, a two-course meal and a tour of Levens Hall and gardens. Speakers include Richard Bagot of Levens Hall and CLA Director General Sarah Hendry.

Anne of Cleves Barn, Great IN M A S V E S TO Bardfield, CM7 AQD TER RS CLA SS Price: members £30 plus VAT, non-members: £40 + VAT This seminar and tour will demonstrate how it is possible to apply a strong economic case for investing in the natural environment.

CLA WALES Usk Show

14 September Gwernesney, NP15 1PP. 9am-5pm

Rhug Estate and North Wales and Montgomeryshire and Meirionnedd Branch AGMs 25 September

Corwen, LL21 0EH. 10am-4pm. £35 plus VAT

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FURTHER INFORMATION To find out more about CLA events in your region contact your local office or book via MyCLA at cla.org.uk

FURTHER INFORMATION on CLA events in your region contact your local CLA office or book via MyCLA at cla.org.uk

our stand throughout the show. Our advisers will be on hand to assist with your queries. The breakfast is supported by Porter Dodson and Old Mill. Our stand is supported by Blanchards Bailey LLP. Booking onto breakfast does not include ticket entry to the show.

CLA MIDLANDS Drinks reception

CLA SOUTH WEST Dorset County Show 7 and 8 September

Innovation & Diversification Wales 26 September

Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, LD2 3SY. 9am-5pm. Register with Farming Connect on 08456 000 813

Making Success of New Markets

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1 October

Llanerch Vineyard, Llanerch Vineyard, CF72 8GG. 10am-2.30pm. Part of the CLA’s Rural Business Conference 2019 program

Join us on Saturday 7 September for a full English breakfast where we welcome our speaker Steve Hodson, Governor, HMP & YOI Portland. Steve will cover whether prisons should be about punishment or rehabilitation and ways to include rehabilitated prisoners to help the labour shortage in the agricultural industry. We will be serving refreshments on

17 September

Kinlet Hall, Bewdley, Shropshire, 6.30-8.30pm, by kind permission of the Engleheart family. CLA members and guests have the opportunity of attending a drinks party at Kinlet Hall – an elegant, Grade I-listed Georgian manor located at the end of a one-mile drive, which sits at the heart of 100 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland. After hearing a little of the fascinating history of the Hall from our hosts, we will enjoy drinks and canapés in the oak panelled drawing room.

For full details of all events and to book please visit the CLA website

Puffin Produce & Dyfed Branch AGM 8 October

Pembrokeshire Showground, SA62 4BW, 10am-2pm. £30 + VAT

Stormy Down AD Plant & South East Wales Branch AGM 15 October

Meet at Cobbles Kitchen & Deli, Ty Maen Farm Buildings, CF32 0QP. 10am-2pm. £30 + VAT

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IN YOUR AREA

Cymru/ Wales news 100 years of the Royal Welsh Show – certainty in a world of change

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his year saw Royal Welsh Show celebrate its 100th event – and such an important milestone was marked by a successful show highlighting the best side of agriculture and indeed all things rural. For that one week in late July, the Showground is the centre of the agriculture world. Everyone who’s anybody is there. Government announcements and consultation discussions, business launches and countless networking events all form part of the week. The CLA Cymru Pavilion is the location of countless meetings with key decision makers and opinion formers. This year the newly launched Welsh Government consultation Sustainable Farming and our Land,

Our line-up at the popular Royal Welsh Show CLA breakfast debate: Ross Murray (compere and sponsor as Knight Frank), CLA President Tim Breitmeyer, CLA Cymru Chair, Rory McLaggan, (bottom row) Welsh Government Director, Energy, Environment & Rural Affairs department, Tim Render, Alice Lampard, James Owen, Andrew Sowerby Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales with Tim Breitmeyer and Rebecca Williams

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which sets out proposals for postBrexit support for Welsh farmers, was hotly debated by members and visitors alike. But beyond the future of farming, the Royal Welsh Show is a platform to highlight the wider contribution that farmers and landowners make to the rural economy and communities, but also the critical role played by farmers in delivering against some of today’s biggest challenges.

Engaging with key decision makers Politicians from Westminster and Cardiff flocked to the LLanelwedd – showing their support and backing for our rural communities. Never before has it been more important

Secretaries of State Rt Hons Michael Gove MP and Alun Cairns MP with CLA Cymru Director Rebecca Williams

for the CLA to engage with, and highlight to all politicians, of all political persuasions, representing voters in all parts of the UK the important contribution farming makes. This year we entertained two secretaries of state, countless ministers from the Welsh Assembly and many other influencers and thinkers. The now established annual member debate breakfast was well attended and bears witness to the commitment of our members both to our CLA community and the rural economy. Our panellists highlighted the breadth of diversity and depth of thinking that allows us to challenge the status quo and show leadership in our work. One thing everyone can agree on that we will see significant change, one way or another.

A breath of fresh air But for many, the Royal Welsh Show is a world away from all the political dealings, and simply a break away from the farm – the annual holiday not far from home (and close enough to be able to pop home to check on animals and crops!) I cannot think of any other event

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CLA CYMRU Orbit Business Centre Rhydycar Business Park Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1DL

Tim Breitmeyer concluded the breakfast debate with a call-to-action to support the CLA’s lobbying efforts Phil Steele, former rugby-player, teacher and TV personality enthralled the Monday evening reception audience with his humour and a passionate song about Welsh farming

CLA WALES DIRECTOR REBECCA WILLIAMS rebecca.williams@cla.org.uk 01547 317085 @CLAWales

as it had for many of the 99 previous years, outside our bubble, the world was changing. Rapidly. And these changes will undoubtedly shape and influence the show for the next 100 years. By the time we packed our bags on Thursday night we were returning to a world with a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet and a new determination to leave the European Union. Looking over the showground on that Thursday afternoon, it was hard to comprehend what impact that political decisions taken many miles away in London will have on our Royal Welsh Agricultural Show for the next 100 years.

Iain Hill-Trevor, Vice Chairman, CLA Cymru: one of many who made strong contributions from the floor Outside the CLA marquee, Europe’s biggest agricultural show draws the crowds – notably to see the cobs

where this sense of community and belonging are so much a part of the tradition. It is true for many of us that there are friends we have that we only see at the show – but friends nonetheless. And the CLA plays its part here too. Our Monday night social event brought many of these friends together. The entertainment from former rugby professional and TV personality Phil Steele was a real hit.

Shaping the next 100 years But while the rhythm and routine of the show continued much in the same way

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IN YOUR AREA

South East news UPCOMING EVENTS

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex

21 SEPTEMBER JOIN US in the members’ area at the Royal County of Berkshire Show for a breakfast and talk on rural crime from Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell. It starts at 8am, supported by James Cowper Kreston.

25 AND 26 SEPTEMBER OUR 2019 AGM season will end in style this month, with events at Barton Manor on the Isle of Wight on 25 September, supported by BCM and Moore Stephens, and at Yattendon in Berkshire on 26 September, supported by Dixon Wilson and Carter Jonas.

Award winners at the New Forest show

New Forest rural success stories

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he CLA and New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) honoured rural success stories at their joint annual awards this summer. The winners were crowned at a ceremony and drinks reception at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, supported by Moore Blatch and the New Forest Agricultural Show Society. The CLA land management award went to Fiona and Kevin Gover, who have a smallholding in the Western Escarpment and have been bringing it up to modern standards for their herd of cattle. Mrs Gover said: “I’m completely gobsmacked to win, and very pleased to be recognised. We love what we do.” The winners of the rural diversification category were Stephen and Wendy

Maughan, for their project “Forest Meats @ Manor Farm”. They have recently set up a cutting room and chiller unit at Manor Farm in Bramshaw. The couple are helping other commoners by storing and cutting their animals once back from the abattoir. It was this provision of a local facility for others to use which impressed CLA judges. Mrs Maughan said they were “absolutely delighted to receive such a prestigious accolade”. Highly commended in the rural diversification category was Kate Collison, who set up the New Forest Tartan Company in 2017. In the categories judged by the NPA, young commoner of the year was Daisy Slocombe.

15 OCTOBER HEAR FROM experts how to grow your business at the CLA’s tourism conference at Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire, supported by cottages.com and Rural Solutions.

6 NOVEMBER WHAT WILL farming look like in 2050? We will be exploring this issue at our inaugural Hampshire debate at Sparsholt College, supported by Lloyds Bank and Carter Jonas.

Housing in Surrey – how can we squeeze it in? That is the subject of our next debate, to be held at The Refectory at Guildford Cathedral on Wednesday, 18 September from 5pm to 8pm. The event, supported by Smith & Williamson and chaired by its tax

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partner Luke West, will focus on how to meet growing demand in a geographically small and biodiversityrich county. The speaker panel includes a representative from the CLA,

Councillor Jan Harwood – lead member for planning at Guildford Borough Council, and Tom Fyans – deputy chief executive of CPRE. Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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CLA SOUTH EAST Fosse House, East Anton Court, Icknield Way, Andover, Hants SP10 5RG

ACTING REGIONAL DIRECTOR While the CLA undergoes the recruitment process for Robin Edwards’ successor as Regional Director, Regional Surveyor Tim Bamford will be the acting Regional Director. In the meantime please contact the office in the usual way if you need advice, information or support.

Top award for fruit growers Fruit growers who take a ‘whole farm’ approach to conservation, and where staff are encouraged to photograph species sightings, have been awarded the CLA’s Emsden trophy. Hugh Lowe Farms, based in Mereworth, has been recognised for its conservation efforts in Kent. The business, which grows strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, was nominated by FWAG South East and picked up the award at an event supported by BTF Partnership and Cripps Pemberton Greenish.

It was praised for its approach to the environment, including water, energy and plastic use, as well as soil and crop protection, and waste management. Managing director Marion Regan said: “We have seen some real improvements in biodiversity from our ‘land sharing and sparing’ approach, and it is terrific to have the hard work and focus acknowledged.” The trophy was presented during a farm walk and drinks reception hosted by last year’s winners, B R Brooks & Son Ltd, at Langdon Manor Farm.

The Emsden presentation in Kent

Councillors consider centre cuts and charges The CLA has raised fears that mooted new charges at recycling centres could lead to a rise in fly-tipping. West Sussex County Council is considering a number of cuts as part of its 2020/21 budget. In July, councillors discussed options such as closing two recycling centres, reintroducing charges for DIY waste, and stopping the mobile waste service in Selsey and the Witterings. While members agreed to suspend the centre closure plans for 12 months, support was expressed for charging for disposal of soil, rubble, asbestos and plasterboard. While the council bids to save money, such efforts could be self-defeating if it ends up having to pay more in fly-tipping clean-up costs.

Tackling illegal hare coursing must be a priority As farmers and landowners face a seasonal rise in hare coursing, the CLA has been urging the police to make tackling the crime a top priority. The CLA recommends any suspicious activity should be reported via 101, or call 999 if a crime is taking place. Criminals should not be tackled directly and calls to the police should be made from a safe location.

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South West news Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire

Rural crime

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ew analysis by the CLA – How to combat rural crime across the countryside: a 5-point plan, released in July, revealed that some police forces across England and Wales are failing to recognise the detrimental effects of rural crime, which is estimated to cost the economy around £44.5m a year. However, the research also showed that all police forces surveyed across the South West have a rural crime strategy and/or dedicated rural crime team fully or partially in place or are making efforts to improve their approach to rural crime. All forces are engaging with the CLA South West team. CLA South West Acting Director Ann Maidment said: “We advocate a united approach to tackle rural crime. We all have a part to play. We obviously need to secure our own property and report incidents to allow for accurate data reporting and distribution of police resources.

“But this report shows that police forces need more resource and funding if they are to meet the expectations of those who live and work in the countryside. “It is encouraging that forces we deal with in this region appear to be ahead of the game in many respects. We work closely with the forces in the South West to make sure the importance of tackling rural crime is recognised. “We also hear of successful targeted policing against crime such as hare coursing, heritage crime and fly-tipping that can be rolled out to other forces. “Clearly, budgetary constraints are an issue, and we’d like to see more forces being given the tools and

John Mortimer In March, we announced that John Mortimer had gone on a period of longterm sick leave while he underwent treatment. Following his period of treatment, John has decided to step down from his role as CLA South West Director, enabling the CLA to appoint a new Director who can take

forward our important work on behalf of the members in the South West. John will remain an employee of the CLA albeit continuing on long term leave for the foreseeable future. John said: “The CLA is an amazing organisation. Working with members

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strategy to ensure rural crime is taken with the seriousness that it should be.” The CLA’s research, which examined 38 rural police forces across England and Wales, showed that more than a third (37%) lack a dedicated rural crime strategy, nearly two-fifths (39%) do not have a rural crime team, and only 10 forces (28%) deliver rural crime training for new recruits. Recently revealed statistics from the NFU suggested that the cost of rural crime in the south west had fallen by 1% between 2017 and 2018, with Dorset showing the biggest decrease in cost, falling by 22%.

through committees, sharing time at shows, AGMs and other events has been an enormous privilege and great fun. I’ve learnt so much and I hope I’ve been able to make just a small difference to how the role of landowners and the importance of the rural economy is perceived regionally and nationally.” The CLA is currently in the process of appointing

a successor and in the meantime, Ann Maidment continues to run the region as Acting Director.

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CLA SOUTH WEST Manor Farm Stables, Biddestone, Wiltshire SN14 7DH

The CLA South West team continues to meet regularly with forces across the region and always welcomes feedback from members when it comes to rural crime. The CLA would remind you that while the police remain central to combating rural crime it is vital that farmers, landowners and the wider rural community take action to make sure their businesses and communities are secure from crime. It is only through a united approach to tackling crime that those responsible will be caught and face the fullest extent of the law.

ACTING REGIONAL DIRECTOR ANN MAIDMENT 01249 700200 ann.maidment@cla.org.uk @CLASouthwest

What3Words While we are on the topic of rural crime we’d like to bring your attention to a helpful app that emergency services across the UK are using. What3words is a new global system designed to make it incredibly simple to talk about any location with precise detail. There are many day-to-day uses for this system in rural and remote locations. On top of this, many emergency services throughout the UK are now using it to help their response teams locate emergencies much more quickly and easily. Most of the services in South West England are now using the

app, and are actively encouraging people to download it to their phones so that they can easily tell the emergency services where to find them if they are in an emergency in a rural location that is difficult to describe. South West Ambulance, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue and Avon & Somerset Police are all keen proponents and both Cornwall and Avon Fire & Rescue now use it in their control room. The free app is available for iPhone and android smartphones and can be downloaded from your app store. W what3words.com

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Honiton Show The Honiton Show falls on the first Thursday of August and always proves to be a busy show. This year saw us move from the “professional’s row” and take up a larger spot by the Hound Show giving us plenty of space to put out the garden furniture and enjoy the hound judging on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. As always, we welcomed members new and old to the stand throughout the day. Rural Surveyor Graham Clark was on hand to give members advice and Sue Osmond, Territory Manager for Devon and Cornwall, had a busy day signing up new members to the CLA. Later this month we look forward to hosting breakfasts at local shows Melplash and Gillingham and Shaftesbury before finishing our show season with our stand at the Dorset County Show. Further details and booking can be found on the CLA website and navigating to the events section.

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Midlands news New Woodland Trust grants

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Woodland Trust pilot scheme is offering expert advice and grants of up to £4,000 to landowners who want to create small, new native woods. TRUSTwoods is open to people looking to create between one and three hectares of woodland in a trial area of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. To qualify for a grant, new woodland should meet at least one of these criteria: Extend existing ancient woodland

Extend other woodland Increase ecological connectivity, such as linking hedgerows Engage the public – for example, with a new tree planting event Increase public access to woodland Enhance the ecological, cultural and visual value of the landscape Applications will be assessed on a firstcome, first served basis. Planting should take place in the winter of 2019-2020. FIND OUT MORE

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Derbyshire AGM Our final AGM of the year was the Derbyshire AGM, which included a visit to Nestlé Waters UK Bottling Plant followed by afternoon tea at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton. Our thanks to Nestlé and the University of Derby.

CLA at The Glamping Show With regular articles in the news telling us that ‘staycations’ are booming in the UK, what does that mean for landowners and can you benefit? Are you interested in using your land to generate new revenue streams? Do you want to find out more about how to create unique visitor experiences to make the most of the growing trends in sustainable and wellness tourism? If the answer is yes, then visit the Glamping Show taking place on 19-21 September at the NAEC, Stoneleigh

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Park. Featuring more than 100 exhibitors, free seminars and one-to-one “meet the experts” sessions, this free-to-attend event offers the advice and inspiration you need to set up a sustainable revenue stream through tourism. The CLA will have its own centrally located stand with CLA seminar theatre. CLA members will be able to meet with our experts and listen to presentations on a range of essential topics for anyone thinking about diversifying. For more information and to book your free ticket visit theglampingshow.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

Cheshire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

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National Forest Landowners Event CLA members are invited to the National Forest’s first Forestry Forum on 17 September 2019 starting at 10am. This will be a unique opportunity for landowners, contractors and agents to get insight on grants, equipment and best practice for woodland management in the National Forest. The day will be split between a morning and afternoon session with lunch included. The morning session will be opened by John Everitt, National Forest Company chief executive, followed by presentations from the NFC’s woodland management officer on what first thinning aims to achieve. CLA Midlands Rural Adviser Helen Dale will give detail on the national grant options available to woodland owners. A biomass chipping machinery demonstration and site walk will be followed by lunch. The afternoon will focus on challenges and opportunities in the local forestry sector, with talks from the National Forest’s woodland business adviser. The National Forest Woodland Management awards will be presented before the forum closes with an informative workshop discussion designed to allow your thoughts to be captured on how you see the National Forest developing and the National Forest Company’s role. The event is free but preregistration is essential. Please contact Beverly Fairbrother at bfairbrother@ nationalforest.org or telephone 01283 551211.

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CLA MIDLANDS Knightley, Woodseaves, Staffordshire ST20 0JW

Rural crime at the Burwarton Show

A United Approach: CLA Midlands Regional Director Mark Riches discusses the CLA Rural Crime report with Shropshire Police Inspector Nikki Roberts, and Shropshire Rural and Business Crime Officer Graham Donaldson

REGIONAL DIRECTOR MARK RICHES 01785 337010 mark.riches@cla.org.uk @CLAMidlands

Branch committees update We welcome four new branch committee chairs following the AGM season: Ross Houlden – Cheshire Joe Evans – Herefordshire Andrew Moffat – Leicestershire & Rutland Paul Wolferstan – Staffordshire Our thanks go to the retiring branch chairs: Philip Posnett – Cheshire David Curtis – Herefordshire, who takes over the role of Branch President Charles Wollaston –

Leicestershire & Rutland Piers Monckton – Staffordshire, who takes over the role of Branch President Look out for next month’s magazine, in which we’ll profile the new branch chairs and give more detail on how committees work and how you can become involved. If you would like to find out more in the meantime, please contact Jan Hewes at the regional office by emailing jan. hewes@cla.org.uk

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s well as entertaining members and guests with Pimms and canapés in the sponsors’ marquee, the regional team took time to get out and about on the showground to visit rural businesses and exhibitors at this traditional country show. In one of several profitable, productive meetings at the event, we met with representatives of Shropshire Police to discuss our rural crime report, our five-point plan to tackle the issue and our desire for a united approach, meaning we all have to play our part. It was reassuring to hear that since the publication of our report Shropshire Constabulary has already taken delivery of five new dedicated rural vehicles and are looking at incorporating dedicated training for new recruits.

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Derbyshire Harvest Festival

CLA members Ivy House Environmental, along with Cawarden Demolition, are hosting their annual Harvest Festival on Thursday 26 September between 1-4pm. In aid of local charity Titan Trust it will bring together key people from property and construction – providing networking opportunities plus wellie-wanging and clay pigeon shooting. W ivyhousenv.co.uk/harvest-festival-2019 T 01332 661987

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North news

Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Yorkshire

Flash flooding in North Yorkshire

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LA North Director Dorothy Fairburn wrote to Farming Minister George Eustice, calling for help and support for those affected by flooding in parts of Upper Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale. Key support measures called for in the letter: The Environment Agency to issue immediate licences for affected farmers and landowners to realign water

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courses where they have been changed by the floods, and remove boulders, drifts of sand and gravel and other debris from grassland, to enable it to be returned to its previously intended use. Environmental Stewardship project officers to start immediate farm visits to agree with affected farmers on how any works to rectify damage will be undertaken and to issue appropriate derogations where such work would otherwise be in conflict with their agreements.

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Defra to issue a notice of ‘force majeure’ to farmers who have been affected by the floods in such a way that impedes their ability to meet cross-compliance rules for the Basic Payment Scheme. Defra to set up a fund (much as was done in Cumbria in 2015 in the wake of Storm Desmond) to provide financial assistance with costs in rebuilding dry stone walls, clearing sand, gravel, boulders and other debris from fields, drying out buildings, realigning water courses and replacing damaged infrastructure. The letter was also copied to Thérèse Coffey as Environment Minister responsible for flooding..

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Reporting poaching and hare coursing incidents Could your business benefit? (Lancashire) Lancaster University is seeking research projects for its students. Businesses can submit an overview of the data they are keen to collect and collate, projects they wish to scope or theories they wish to develop. This is then matched to a student who will work with the business to develop the research. The student will not be working within the business but will need

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to work in partnership. However, the closer the connections the stronger the evidence base will be. Previous projects have included a feasibility study for bee-keeping on a small tourism estate, green energy opportunities and solutions, energy reduction opportunities and mapping out of specified assets. If you think your business could make use of this research opportunity then please make contact with CLA North Rural Adviser Libby Bateman by telephoning 01748 907070 or emailing libby.bateman@cla. org.uk for information about how to submit your project.

CLA North has reissued advice for landowners and farmers who suffer from poaching and hare coursing incidents, especially since the latter is more prevalent after harvesting. When telephoning the police, be prepared to give an accurate description of what is happening. This could include descriptions of the people, their vehicles and dogs. It is crucial that you do not just obtain the vehicle registration number but also make, model, any damage or identifying features. Number plates are often taken off before suspects commit offences. Call 999 if there is any danger or if a crime is taking place and 101 for non-emergencies. The CLA, in partnership with the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, have created signs encouraging people to report this illegal activity. Landowners and farmers interested in obtaining these signs should contact CLA North Adviser Libby Bateman on telephone 01748 907070, or by emailing libby.bateman@ cla.org.uk

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CLA NORTH Aske Stables, Aske, Richmond, North Yorkshire DH10 5HG

MEMBER SURGERIES CLA North advisers will be holding various member surgeries across the region for the rest of this year. These events will take place between 10.30am and 3pm on the following dates: 30 September – Gisburn Auction Mart, Gisburn, Clitheroe, BB7 4ES 29 October – Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Front Street, Bishop Middleham, DL17 9AJ 26 November – St Johns Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR 13 December – Helperby Village Hall, Main Street, Helperby, YO61 2NS

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The clinics provide an ideal opportunity for members to speak to an adviser face to face about any landowning issues. There is no need to book in advance. Members wanting advice can also contact the CLA North advisers by telephoning 01748 907070.

REGIONAL DIRECTOR DOROTHY FAIRBURN MBE 01748 907070 north@cla.org.uk @CLANorth

Members delight in visit to Mount St John Close to 40 members recently attended an exclusive private tour of the beautiful and unique gardens of Mount St John in Felixkirk. The gardens were designed by eight times gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith. Mount St John is not open to the general public and so the visit was a rare opportunity to view these stunning gardens at their best. The tour was rounded off with a delicious supper at The Carpenters Arms in Felxikirk.

CLA members Mr and Mrs Vaux enjoying an informative conversation with Mr Chris Blundell, owner of Mount St John

Westmorland County Show 2019

The CLA North team will be out in force at this year’s Westmorland County Show on Thursday 12 September where members are welcome to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of wine. Our stand will have a forestry and woodland theme in association with CLA members Trees Please from Hexham. Regional advisers will be there to discuss any issues with members. The venue is Crooklands, Milnthorpe, LA7 7NH, just off Junction 36 of the M6.

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This year the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Harvest Festival Service will be held at Selby Abbey (YO8 4PU) on Sunday 6 October at 10.30am. CLA North will be hosting lunch afterwards at the Selby Town Hall’s Arts Centre in York Street, Selby YO8 4AJ. Pre-lunch drinks and canapés will be served on arrival. Early booking is advised, to book online, visit the CLA North event page at cla.org.uk AGM convening notices have been inserted into the magazine as enclosures for respective postcode areas to cover Lancashire and Cumbria. Members who have not received a convening notice should contact the CLA North office by telephoning 01748 907070.

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East news UPCOMING EVENTS

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk

10 SEPTEMBER

Norfolk Miscanthus farm walk

A CLA and Terravesta farm walk in Melton Constable, Norfolk, by kind permission of miscanthus grower Adam Brewer. Price: free

19 SEPTEMBER

CLA Nottinghamshire branch drinks reception at Papplewick Pumping Station

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he East of England faces some ‘challenging times ahead’ regarding the use and management of water in the region, CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood has warned. The contrasting challenges of severe flooding in some parts of the region and concerns in others areas that water abstraction licences, which allow farmers and landowners to take water from a natural source, are being revoked without compensation, is creating a difficult climate for profitable food production and land management. Ben said: “The devastating flooding in Lincolnshire this summer brought to the fore some of the significant challenges this region faces in terms of water management. Many farmers and landowners in the East of England feel vulnerable to the risk of flooding and the devastation it could cause their land and rural businesses. “By way of contrast, we know of landowners in Norfolk who are having their licences to abstract water revoked by the Environment Agency due to concerns over water levels and the environment. While we recognise there is the need for sustainable abstraction, the fact that these licences are being taken away without any compensation is of great concern. “There is little doubt that the impact of climate change, population growth and extreme weather events will to lead to some extremely challenging times ahead when it comes to water supply and management in the East of England. Farmers and landowners can play a crucial role in providing solutions to these challenges and must be involved in the conversation.” Senior officials from the CLA have met with the Environment Agency to raise their concerns over flooding in the region and the revoking of water abstraction licences.

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6.30-8.30pm Papplewick Pumping Station, Longdale Lane, NG15 9AJ Price: £15 per person You are invited to the CLA Nottinghamshire Branch Drinks Reception at the unique and spectacular Papplewick Pumping Station. This event is kindly supported by Roythornes Solicitors.

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CLA Northamptonshire branch drinks reception Wakefield Lodge, Towcester, Northamptonshire Price: £15 per person Rupert West, President of the Northamptonshire Branch of the CLA, requests the pleasure of your company at the annual CLA Northamptonshire Branch Drinks Reception.

15 OCTOBER

Natural Capital – CLA Seminar and Tour

Finchingfield, Essex This seminar and tour will demonstrate how it is possible to apply a strong economic case for investing in the natural environment. It will include a tour of a project where beavers have been reintroduced to help with flood prevention. Price: Members £30 + VAT | Nonmembers £40 + VAT For further information on the events listed email east@cla.org.uk or call 01638 590429.

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CLA EAST The Court, Lanwades Business Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7PN

Hertfordshire fly-tipping pilot scheme update Three more districts in Hertfordshire have joined a scheme where farmers and landowners who are the victims of fly-tipping can have the rubbish cleared up for free. Stevenage, North Herts and East Herts have joined the pilot set up by David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire. To be eligible for the funding farmers or landowners will have to prove they already have a waste disposal contract in place with an authorised collection firm. The contact details for those wishing to report flytipping in the districts involved are as follows:

REGIONAL DIRECTOR BEN UNDERWOOD 01638 590429 ben.underwood@cla.org.uk @CLAEast

Minimum energy efficiency standards CLA East staff attended a workshop run by representatives from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy looking at the trajectory for increasing Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards from the current E minimum to a C Rating by 2035. With 3.4 million properties across the UK currently below a C Rating for energy performance, and 180,000 properties in rural areas off the gas grid, this policy proposal could have serious implications for CLA members with residential let properties among their assets. The workshop presented a good opportunity for the CLA to raise the concerns they have regarding this ambitious target and how it will be implemented particularly given the age of rural housing stock and the near impossibility of bringing many properties up even towards an E let alone a D or C rating.

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Show moves to East of England arena Th d Rural Business Show is to open its doors at The E Energy and The East of England Arena in March 2020. The Show, which incorporates Energy Now Expo, Rural Business Expo and Low Emission Vehicles Expo, will take place on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March 2020.

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Suffolk Green Access Strategy Suffolk County Council has begun a consultation on its Green Access Strategy – Rights of Way Improvement Plan. The county council, under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000), is required to put together this plan which identifies changes to rights of way provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with mobility problems. The plan looks at rights of way access up until 2026 and the consultation runs until 20 September. LAND & BUSINESS | SEPTEMBER 2019 69

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