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Consultations, surveys, notices, and selected stakeholder newsletters and industry events in the eastern region

New taskforce to help businesses on the road to net zero

A new Taskforce will provide leadership and collaboration for Norfolk and Suffolk businesses and organisations on the road to Net Zero.

The New Anglia Clean Growth Taskforce brings together entrepreneurs, academia and public sector partners to champion a range of projects which will aim to ensure that Clean Growth is at the heart of local decision making, investment and business activity.

For the full story click here.

Kids Country

Primary schools across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, London and Northamptonshire enjoyed a jam-packed day of learning about the science of eggs, farming poultry and birds within the countryside with Kids Country’s ‘Happy Chicks Day’ events delivered into schools, in partnership with sponsors Central England Co-operative, The Happy Chicks Company and Woodbine Farm.

Lesley Perry, teacher at The Priory School, Spalding, Lincolnshire said: “The children all really enjoyed the day, especially making the mini quiches with the donated eggs and being able to take their recipes home. We have hens at school so we have been able to use our newfound knowledge of different chicken breeds to go out and identify our hens. Thank you for a great day of learning and fun!”

For more information on Kids Country click here.

Festival of Hunting update

Published: June 11, 2021

Organisers of The Festival of Hunting along with the Chairman and committee of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society have announced they are planning for the 2021 event on Wednesday 21st July.

This will be regularly reviewed as they continue to progress through the pathway out of lockdown and to ensure we can proceed safely for all concerned.

Further information including any expected adaptation to the format of the event will be announced in due course.

New social media campaign to raise awareness of leadership training

New social media campaign to raise awareness of leadership training

Published: May 11, 2021

A new cross-organisation campaign is to take place in the month of May, with the aim of raising awareness of pan-industry leadership training across the agricultural career spectrum.

Taking place between 17-21 May 2021, #AgriLeadershipWeek is a joint scheme by AHDB, Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, Institute for Agricultural Management (IAgrM), Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF) and The Farmers Club Charitable Trust (FCCT).

For information about the campaign, including ways of getting involved and details of the different leadership skills training on offer, click here.

#AgriLeadershipWeek is to target current and aspiring leaders within agriculture who are unaware of or are yet to make use of any leadership training. Through the campaign, it is hoped people will become more aware of training that can not only improve them as a person but as an employee in charge of others.

Ponds for great crested newts to be created

Published: May 11, 2021

Landowners in North Lincolnshire are sought for a scheme funded by Natural England that is designed to protect the great crested newt (GCN) species.

Environmental consultancy Wildscapes CIC has been appointed to create a number of ponds across the region this year and is seeking farmers and landowners who would like to have these habitats created or restored on their land.

A number of ponds are set to be created in the North Lincolnshire area and landowners are encouraged to contact Wildscapes to discuss the suitability of their land for the project.

More information can be found here.

Norfolk outdoor producer elected as new NPA chair

Published: March 25, 2021

Norfolk outdoor pig producer Rob Mutimer has been elected as the new chairman of the National Pig Association (NPA).

Mr Mutimer, who runs a 750-sow unit producing pigs for the Waitrose supply chain, alongside a retail and wholesale butchery business with his wife, Helen, was elected by the NPA board on Tuesday (March 23). Serving for a three-year term, he replaces Yorkshire producer Richard Lister, who stands down after six years in the role. Mr Mutimer, who has served as the NPA’s vice-chair for the past three years, will have two new vice-chairs, reflecting the move to combine the NPA’s producer and allied industry groups into a single Pig Industry Group.

Northamptonshire rural police team

Northamptonshire Police has produced a leaflet to introduce the newly formed Rural Crime Team consisting of a sergeant and 6 constables.

Going forward, the team will be looking to engage with and build effective working relationships with local communities, partner agencies and neighbouring forces.

To view the leaflet and see the team click here

Proposed extension of Lincolnshire Wolds AONB

North Lincolnshire Council has been working on a proposal to extend the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a formal request has been submitted to Natural England, asking them to consider a proposal for a variation to the northern boundary.

The proposals affect many members in this region and CLA East has therefore set up a “Working Group” of affected members to influence our work around this.  If you would like to participate in the Working Group, or to receive more information on the proposals and be kept up to date on progress, please contact CLA East Regional Surveyor Alison Provis on 01638 590429 or email