CLA North Noticeboard

Consultations, surveys, notices and selected stakeholder events

Panel appointed to award grants for Greening Eden Businesses Scheme

Greening Eden - a new initiative from Eden District Council and Cumbria Business Environment Network - has launched to help local businesses reduce their carbon footprint and help them save money at the same time. EDC has also announced a funding pot of £400,000 to help businesses with works that can help to achieve lower carbon emissions.

Greening Eden is a project is funded by Eden District Council, managed and delivered by the CBEN Partnership. The project will allow businesses across Eden to measure their greenhouse gas emissions, identify opportunities for reduction and support EDC’s ambitions for a low-carbon, environmentally sustainable Eden and Cumbria. The project will start in February 2021 and run for 39 months.

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New Community Forest created in the North East

Defra, England Community Forests and local councils across the North East area recently announced the creation of a new Community Forest to bring people closer to nature in the North East.

The North East Community Forest sees six local authorities joining forces with environmental organisations to plant trees across the region. The initiative aims to plant up to 500 hectares of trees by 2025, with a long-term goal to increase canopy cover across the north east to 30% by 2050 – almost double the current national average.

The partnership will work with people in the community, businesses and landowners with the aim of bringing forests and woodlands to those most in need across Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham.

Thousands of trees will be planted in the first year - up to 25ha, or around 35 football pitches – thanks to £480,000 in funding from Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund.

Members interested in potentially becoming involved with the project can find out more at www.newcastle.gov.uk/northeastcommunityforest or by emailing northeastcommunityforest@newcastle.gov.uk.

Meet RPA CEO Paul Caldwell - Stanhope

The North West Durham constituency claim around £7m BPS payments and £1.2m agri-environment payments each year. Paul Caldwell, RPA’s Chief Executive Officer, and an RPA Director will facilitate the event which will be held at Stanhope Village Hall on 27 August from 5 to 7pm.

Paul will provide an update on the RPA’s main services, including Rural Development, CS, ES and BPS schemes and livestock tracing.

DEFRA officials will also be on hand to provide more detail on the Environmental Land management schemes, including the early roll of the Sustainable Farming Incentive in 2022. CLA Rural Adviser Jane Harrison will also be in attendance.

There will also be a Q & A session and a chance to speak to Paul Caldwell and the Executive Team member. People from RPA will also be available if farmers wish to discuss specific claim issues with them.

For more details, including how to register an interest in attending the event, please contact External.Affairs@rpa.gov.uk

Ribble Valley Local Plan Review – Call for sites

Ribble Valley Council is currently running a ‘call for sites’, and members in the area can suggest possible sites to be considered for housing, employment or commercial development, as well as sites for nature conservation or use for open space.

Those wanting to submit suggested sites should provide details, including any ownership information, and the potential use of the site. A form can be downloaded from the council’s website, and then returning it b emailing planning.policy@ribblevalley.gov.uk.

Any sites put forward will be considered as part of the plan-making process at a strategic level initially to enable the council to investigate options for the use of land. Any options the council derives will be the subject of future consultation.

The closing date of the ‘call for sites’ is 30 September. Members who need advice on submitting site suggestions can discuss these with CLA North Rural Surveyor Robert Frewen by telephoning 01748 90 7070.

Scarborough consultation on draft Residential Design Guide SPD

Scarborough Borough Council has published a Draft Residential Design Guide Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) for consultation. The Residential Design Guide SPD brings together and expands upon the Council’s existing Local Plan policies in a way that communicates how they can influence and contribute towards the delivery of good design.

The SPD presents a new overarching ‘Design Vision’ for Scarborough Borough, which together with an accompanying set of ‘Design Objectives’ provides the focus for the document. Positive aspects of local character – the defining characteristics of towns and villages – are also highlighted within the document to help contextualise the guidance.

Ultimately, guidance is provided for both new housing developments and for alterations to existing buildings, and the SPD should be used by applicants and decision makers in order to consistently secure high quality design outcomes. Comments can now be made via the Council’s portal until 24 September. Alternatively, download a PDF copy of the document and response form by following this link.

Employing foreign nationals and how to get it right

A blog was recently published by CLA professional member EMG Solicitors in which Graham Shannon, their Employment Solicitor, objectively sets out the various routes for employers wanting to employ foreign nationals.

The Immigration Act 2016 allows Civil and Criminal Sanctions to be imposed on Employers who knowingly employ individuals who do not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

Civil penalties include fines of up to £20,000 for each individual employed. Criminal Penalties include prison sentences of up to 5 years. There is also reputational damage to consider too so the importance of understanding the pitfalls and how to avoid them cannot be overstated.

This blog concerns the employment of individuals after 16 May 2014 only. Different rules apply to individuals employed before then.

Your Obligation to prevent Illegal Working

Employers must carry out “right to work” checks on individuals before they start working and carry out follow up checks for any individual who has only time limited permission to work in the UK. Employers must also ensure they keep records of all checks carried out and that they do not employ anyone they know or have reasonable grounds to believe is an illegal worker.

Employers who use Agency workers should ensure the Agency which supplies them has responsibility for performing the right to work checks.

The Right to Work Check

The Home Office has produced a template checklist which all Employers will be find useful but essentially this is a 3 step process which involves an Employer

1.Obtaining the individuals original documents. These are prescribed by the Home Office and include passports, national identity and biometric residence permit or card numbers

2.Checking that the documents are genuine i.e. that they are valid originals which have not been altered. The checking should be accrued out in the presence of the individual so that verification of identity can be carried out more reliably and also to enable the individual to be questioned on their authenticity if needs be. Photographs should be checked for consistency with the appearance of the individual and employers should ensure dates of birth are consistent across all documents. For any students to carry out work checks should be made with the education establishment they are associated with to confirm they are entitled to work the hours proposed. Checks should also be made to ensure that the work proposed for the individual is work which is not restricted by their documentation

3.Taking copies of the documents obtained at the time they are inspected and keeping these safe and secure .Electronic copies can be taken provided that it is in a format which cannot be changed eg PDF format. Copies of passports can be limited to copies of those pages giving personal information or showing any UK endorsements.ID documents should be kept secure for as long as the individual works for the employer and for 2 years afterwards.

(Note also that until 31st August 2021 and as a result of COVID-19 restrictions employers can conduct checks via a video call.This involves the individual sending their documents electronically and then presenting the original documents to the camera in a subsequent video call).

(Note also that for non EEA residents who have a biometric residence permit or card or EEA nationals who have settled or pre settled status an optional online checking system is available).

( Note also that Sponsors of Skilled and Temporary Workers are required to provide additional checks)

Categories of Documents

The Home Office recognizes 2 categories of documents an Employer will need to see

  1. List A Documents

These are documents applicable to individuals with a permanent right to work in the UK

  1. List B Documents

These are documents applicable to individuals who either have only a temporary right to work in the UK ( in which case the right to work ends when their permission ends) or who need to provide further evidence of their right to work, ( in which case permission to work cannot be more than 6 months).

For those individuals who can only produce documents from List B an Employer will be required to conduct follow up checks to ensure employment can continue lawfully.

Brexit

In the case of EEA citizens arriving to work in the UK from 1st July 2021 Employers will need to obtain evidence of immigration status in addition to their passports. This will require an Employer to obtain evidence of that individuals eligibility under the EU Settlement Scheme ( which protects EEA citizens living in the UK for 5 years or more at 31/12/2020), or under the new ‘points based’ immigration system.

Local Nature Recovery Strategies - lessons learned

Defra has published a report outlining the main findings from the five Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) pilots, which ran from August 2020 until May 2021.

The pilots were coordinated by Natural England and hosted by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Buckinghamshire Council, Cornwall Council, Northumberland County Council and Cumbria County Council. LNRSs are set to become a legal requirement through the Environment Bill

This report is a summary of the main lessons learned, organised around 5 themes. The pilots have provided a wealth of more detailed insights that will help inform future LNRS policy, including the development of regulations and statutory guidance, on which DEFRA hopes to consult on soon.

Yorkshire Dales - removal of plastic tree guards

As part of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Plastic Free Woodlands project, supported by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), they are aiming to remove at least 38,000 tree guards from Dales’ woodlands over the next 18 months.

The Trust has linked up with landowners across the Yorkshire Dales National Park to help remove redundant plastic tree guards from the landscape. The idea is that landowners collect the tubes and then transport them to a central site where they will then be recycled.

Two central sites (and dates) are provided below:

  • Craven Auction Mart (Skipton) – Collection Point Opens Thursday August 19 at 9am and closes at 5pm on Saturday August 21.
  • W. Metcalfe & Sons Hauliers Yard (Appersett, Hawes) – Collection Point Opens Thursday October 21 at 9am and closes at 5pm on Saturday October 23.

There are limits of the site’s capacity and The Trust, who can also supply dumpy sacks, encourages woodland and landowners in the Dales to participate in this initiative.

Members in the YDNP wanting to take part in removing redundant tubes from the Dales should contact Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust by emailing tubes@ydmt.org Important to note that only tubex tubes, packed in dumpy sacks will be taken.

Rossendale Local Plan consultation

Rossendale Borough Council has started a consultation on the Potential Compensation Measures for Green Belt Release. The consultation is open until Thursday 29 July.

The work is included in Examination Library 11 and can be found via the following link.

This consultation provides members with an opportunity to suggest potential compensation measures if green belt land is to be released, not to object to the release itself, and such comments will not be considered by the council.

Members who want to discuss any of the issues related to this consultation can contact CLA North Rural Surveyor Robert Frewen by telephoning 01748 90 7070

Leeds Local Plan - Scoping Document Consultation

Leeds City Council has published, for comment, an early scoping document for the Leeds Local Plan Update (LPU). This will be an 8 week public consultation which has now started and closes on 13 September.

The draft Local Plan Update is titled ‘Your Neighbourhood, Your City, Your Planet’. The draft plan is based around carbon reduction, flood risk, green infrastructure, place-making and sustainable infrastructure.

The scoping document can be viewed on the council’s website – and is home to all information contained within the draft Local Plan. This includes separate sections for the different topic areas, which are available in long read and ‘5 min read’ formats.

The consultation will be carried out in accordance with the Interim Statement of Community Involvement. The council’s consultation activity will be online with all consultation material being made available at www.leeds.gov.uk/lpu

Members who want to discuss any of the issues in this consultation can contact CLA North Rural Surveyor Robert Frewen by telephoning 01748 90 7070. Members who can’t access the consultation material online can contact the council by telephoning 0113 37 87993 or emailing lpu@leeds.gov.uk.

CLA professional member seeking office space in Cumbria

CLA member EMG Solicitors are looking to open an office in Cumbria and are seeking commercial property for sale or rent (ideally Penrith, Keswick or Ambleside).

The space needs to work well for office accommodation, 2500 sq ft with capacity for 10-15 employees as well as client meeting rooms and a separate reception area. The property must have disabled access as well as client parking (ideally 6-8 cars).

Please contact Claire.hewitt@emgsolicitors.com for further information or to register interest.

Draft East Riding Local Plan Update & Consultation

East Riding Council is now reviewing the East Riding Local Plan which sets out planning policies for the area and is a key driver in determining planning applications and development opportunities in the East Riding.

The current Local Plan was adopted in 2016. The council has reviewed this Plan and is now consulting on a draft update. This consultation is the second stage in reviewing the Local Plan, following an Options Document consultation and call for sites in 2018. Responses to this consultation will be considered and will help to finalise a revised ‘pre-submission’ Local Plan that will be consulted on and then submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

The following documents have been published:

  • Draft Strategy Document Update - sets out the updated planning policy for development in the East Riding. This includes the broad amount and location of development, for uses such as housing and employment, to be brought forward over the plan period to 2039. Additionally, policies relating to different issues such as protecting landscape character, minimising the risk of flooding and providing affordable housing are also addressed in this document.
  • Draft Allocations Document Update - sets out site specific policies for how residential, employment, retail and mixed use draft allocations should be developed in order to meet the targets of the Draft Strategy Document. Draft allocations include the re-allocation and de-allocation of existing adopted Local Plan sites along with new sites in some locations.
  • Draft Policies Map Update - a series of supporting Draft Policies Maps show the exact locations where development is proposed, as well as areas that should be protected from development.

A range of background and evidence base documents supporting the aims of the Draft Local Plan Update was also be published and include:

  • Sustainability Appraisal - assesses whether the draft policies are a sustainable option for the future.
  • Draft Infrastructure Study - identifies the infrastructure, such as roads, schools and doctors surgeries, required to meet growth which may come forward.
  • Draft Whole Plan Viability Assessment – identifies that the range of developer contributions sought by the Local Plan will still allow developments to be financially viable.
  • Summary of Allocations by Settlement Document - sets out whether the draft proposed sites in each settlement are new allocations, existing allocations or deleted allocations.

The closing date for responses is Friday, 6 August 2021.

How to view the documents

All consultation documents are available to view on the council’s website at: www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate. Also available online are a series of interactive information pages that summarise key issues and signpost the reader to the relevant consultation documents.

How to comment on the documents

In light of the coronavirus restrictions, a longer consultation period of 10 weeks has been arranged to allow more time to review all the documents available. All consultation responses should be received on or before Friday, 6 August 2021.

To comment on the consultation documents, an online smart survey response form can be completed at: www.eastriding.gov.uk/localplanupdate.

Members wanting to discuss any issues around this consultation can contact CLA North’s Rural Surveyor Robert Frewen by telephoning 01748 907070.

St Cuthbert’s Garden Village Update

Carlisle City Council has recently published two documents relating to the St Cuthbert’s Garden Village project.

This document is of interest to those who intend to submit planning applications in the Garden Village, and for those involved in making decisions on those planning applications. It provides detailed guidance, clarity and direction to help interpret the relevant planning policies in the adopted Carlisle District Local Plan 2015-2030, and sets out the Council’s high expectations on achieving quality design in the Garden Village.

This document sets out what people told us in response to the draft St Cuthbert’s Local Plan, which was consulted on in November and December 2020, and January 2021. Later on the Council will publish a further report which sets out how they have taken these comments into account in shaping the next version of the Local Plan.

Members with queries about either documents can contact the Council by emailing stcuthbertsgv@carlisle.gov.uk

Asulam Emergency Authorisation Approved

An approval to use Asulam, subject to the terms of an Emergency Authorisation, has been granted. The application window opens on 1 July and closes on 13 September.

The Asulam page of the website has a link to the Authorisation document and provides details of the dates for the application season.

The manufacturer, UPL Europe Ltd, will be issuing supplies of Asulam to distributors with a view to these being available to purchase for the start of the application period.

The EA approval document contains data and information requirements that must be submitted to the regulator, the Chemical Regulations Division (CRD) of the HSE. UPL Europe Ltd will be distributing some forms with the product, which it will be possible to complete by hand, type on a computer or online.

The support of everyone who applies Asulam to provide this information is essential; the provision of this information to CRD is a prerequisite to securing the future use of Asulam for bracken control.

For more information, visit the Bracken Control Group’s website.

Key dates – cross compliance

A key dates reminder has been sent by the Farming Advice Service (FAS) to help farmers in England stay compliant with the cross compliance requirement.

FAS provides free, confidential advice on cross compliance requirements, some aspects of the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017 (including silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil (SSAFO), and waste exemptions) and the regulations on the sustainable use of pesticides.

To get in contact, please call 03000 200 301 (select the option for FAS) or email advice@farmingadviceservice.org.uk

FAS has produced a handy, printable, one-page poster of all the cross compliance dates for 2021, which can be accessed by following this link.

For more details about the information provided in the key dates table, please visit the Guide to cross compliance in England 2021, the Rural Payments Agency key dates 2021 and BPS 2021 pages of GOV.UK.

Members sought for litter research trials in the Lake District

Members may be aware that Friends of the Lake District have been conducting some research into why people litter with Keep Britain Tidy and YouGov. They now have the draft report with a number of recommendations and are now looking to engage some farmers and landowners who are directly experiencing litter problems.

The report’s headlines are quite shocking with over a quarter of people visiting the Lakes since May 2020 admitting to having littered when there, and more than 1 in 10 having behaved in an anti-social fashion. This does explain why there is such a large litter problem right now.

The report makes ten recommendations to prevent and reduce littering and then suggests ten interventions which could be used in the Lake District.

Friends of the Lake District and Keep Britain Tidy are interested in setting up a small working group of partners who manage land which currently suffers from littering to trial some of these interventions. At the moment South Lakeland District Council and the National Trust have expressed an interest in using the litter research recommendations to run trials and they are also hoping that some CLA members might get involved.

This year in particular they are looking to trial those interventions which can be put in place quickly on site, including :

  • Social norming
  • ‘Last bin until’ messaging; and
  • Humorous messages e.g. Don’t Be a Tosser, or The Litter Elves Don’t Live Here.

Friends of the Lake District are hoping to have some mock-ups of signage for car parks and other hot-spots available in the next few weeks, but they would also like input on local messaging, for example using children’s drawings or local families to promote the message (this is apparently more effective than corporate signage!)

They will be looking at the other interventions which need more complex implementation and wider dissemination to be developed further over the next 6-8 months.

Members interested in trialling interventions at litter hot spots can get in touch with Kate Willshaw by emailing kate-willshaw@fld.org.uk.

Wirral’s Local Plan - consultation on Local Green Space Designations

A new Local Plan is being prepared to shape the future of the borough for the next 15-year period. The Council is currently preparing the final draft for publication later in the year and is now consulting on a new evidence base study, prepared to support the emerging Local Plan.

The deadline for comments to be received is 5pm on Friday 23 July 2021.

The draft study is available to view in the following ways:

The easiest way to submit comments is through the Council’s online consultation portal. Comments can also be submitted to the Forward Planning team at localplan@wirral.gov.uk

Members wanting to discuss any issues around this consultation can contact CLA North Rural Surveyor Robert Frewen by telephoning 01748 90 7070.

Heritage Lottery small grants fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund is open for applications for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for projects which will extend the range of people who engage with heritage. This may be through the delivery of workshops or exhibitions or developing new digital tools to connect people with heritage. This fund can provide 100% funding for projects which can be a blend of capital and revenue funding.

Heritage Lottery is keen to hear from applicants who can also demonstrate that the project will create more resilience in your organisation, develop skills, boost the local economy, increase wellbeing and to create a better place to work, live and visit.

More information is available online here.

For further information please contact CLA rural adviser, Libby Bateman on 01748 90 7070.

Lammas Day – celebrating rural North Yorkshire

Dean John and the Cathedral chapter is inviting members to join them for a celebration of our beautiful county on Yorkshire Day (Sunday 1 August at 3.30pm) for a Lammas Day service at Ripon Cathedral. Lammas Day celebrates the first loaves of the season, which would be blessed at church services across the land.

Preacher: The Rt Reverend Dr John Thomson, Bishop of Selby. Refreshments will be served following the service (subject to COVID 19 guidelines).

It is anticipated that social distancing and face masks will be required. Members interested in attending can RSVP by emailing judithbustard@riponcathedral.org.uk by 9 July. Please indicate whether a guest/s will be accompanying.

Invitation to join the North East Growth Hub Peer Network

Members wanting to work with a group of like-minded individuals as part of COVID-19 recovery, can join the North East Growth Hub Peer Network programme. The Network brings together some of the North East’s smartest business minds to develop practical solutions to the problems everyone is facing, across every sector.

Whatever your area of focus, such as finding new customers, going digital or mental wellbeing, Peer Networks provides a ready-made hive mind to help your organisation evolve and succeed.

The group sessions are split by areas of interest and take place over three months, supported by free one-to-one coaching for your business. To be eligible, a business must employ more than 5 people and a minimum turnover of £100k.

For more information please visit the North East Growth Hub.

Call for sites - Ryedale

Rydale District Council is calling for submitting details of sites that could be used that could be used for development as part of a review of their Local Plan.

The Local Plan is the formal document that sets out future development of the district, drawn up by us in consultation with the community. As part of the early scoping work on the Local Plan Review, the Council is are now inviting landowners, developers, agents and other organisations to submit potential sites for uses such as: housing, commercial/business, retail and tourism.

The information received from the ‘Call for Sites’ will inform the Council’s assessment of land availability. It will help to shape the policy that will guide and determine future planning applications, and detail the scale and distribution of new development in Ryedale through allocations in the Local Plan Review.

The ‘Call for Sites’ is an opportunity for us to take a holistic look at land in Ryedale to ensure that the Council can allocate enough land for development in the right places to meet housing needs and other economic, social and environmental priorities now and into the future.

How to submit land

Members interested in submitting land can simply fill in the questions in this online form. However, if file sizes are a barrier to this, please send a zipped file or files by a file sharing platform to: localplan@ryedale.gov.uk

It is recommended to read the Council’s guidance before making a submission.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 5 July 2021.

NOTE: Land must not be within the North York Moors National Park area of Ryedale, or concern minerals operations or waste matters, as these aspects are covered by a different Local Planning Authority.

Submitting a site for consideration doesn’t mean that the site will be allocated. Decisions will be made through the Local Plan Review process, informed by detailed site assessment work and community and stakeholder engagement.

Initial community consultation and consultation with stakeholders will begin in August 2021, with proposed site allocations expected to be published in September 2022.

Members wanting to submit a site/s can also speak to CLA North Surveyor Robert Frewen for advice by telephoning 01748 90 7070.

Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation - Richmondshire

Richmondshire District Council has prepared its Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation Paper setting out the vision for the area over the whole plan period to 2039, together with key spatial objectives and strategic policies.

The full consultation document is available for perusal on the Council’s website by clicking here.

Members wanting to submit their views on the Council’s Preferred Local Plan can send them to the Council by Friday 9 July by:

  • Completing the forms available on the Council’s website and returning to them by email or post
  • Emailing localplan@richmondshire.gov.uk
  • Writing to Planning Policy, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, DL10 4JX

Members who have concerns or issues to discuss can contact CLA North Rural Surveyor Robert Frewen by telephoning 01748 90 7070.

Defra’s Census of Agriculture 2021

The census will be sent to all active commercial farms in England and can be completed online or via paper form. Members are encouraged to respond within two weeks.

The Census provides a unique and comprehensive picture of the structure of the agricultural industry. The 2021 Census will capture detailed information on land use, crop areas, livestock numbers and the farm labour force.

All information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes as per Defra’s privacy notice. Completion is mandatory under the Agricultural Statistics Act 1979.

Why it is important to complete the Agricultural Census?

The Census is an important data source that’s vital to many areas of research and government decision making. It provides the best opportunity for us to monitor long-term changes and identify trends and challenges within the agricultural industry in England.

The data collected provides the government, farming industry, policy makers and stakeholders with the necessary information about agriculture to help plan future policies and priorities. The data is also used to enable research and investment in the industry, as well as to monitor environmental changes and the wider impact of farm activities.

Results will show levels of agricultural activity in all the counties and regions in England, enabling famers to see what is happening around the country.

A high response rate to the Census will help Defra get the most accurate picture of the structure of the agriculture industry.

Measuring agriculture over time

The Census of Agriculture has run in various forms for over 150 years. The first proper agricultural census was taken in 1866 and ran every year until 1995, when it decreased to an annual sample survey. Defra now only run the census every 10 years - the last census was in 2010.

What does the data tell us?

The census shows us how agriculture has evolved over time, such as the area of wheat in England in 1900, was around 700,000 hectares. It was 1.9 million hectares in 2000. And there were 15.8 million sheep and 2 million pigs in 1900, compared to 19.1 million and 5.4 million in 2000.

When will the 2021 Census of Agriculture data be available to the public?

  • Early crops results for England will be published in August 2021.
  • Provisional crops and livestock for England will be published in September 2021.
  • Provisional land use, livestock and labour results for England will be published in October 2021.
  • Final crops, yields, livestock and labour results for UK will be published in December 2021.
  • Final land use, livestock and labour results for England will be published in December 2021.

The census can be completed online or as a paper form.

Even if members receive a paper form, the survey can still be filled out online – instructions are included on the form.

To access the survey, follow this link.

PATT Forest Academy courses for volunteer planters

With the government setting the target of planting 30,000 ha of new woodland by 2025 many organisations are gearing up their tree planting targets. Many third sector organisations such as PATT are responding to this challenge by using volunteers to carry out the tree planting.

Volunteer planted tree survival rates at five years are often, only a fraction of those achieved by professional planters.

The PATT Forest Academy offers training at three levels.

The course is delivered over Zoom by a specialist tutor who has considerable hands-on experience of community tree planting. The course is one hour in duration. All participants receive a certificate of attendance.

The cost of the training is £15 + £1.76 booking fee. Resellers can book participants onto courses for £10 + £1.76 booking fee. For further details contact Andy Steel info@pattfoundation.org or for further information, visit the PATT Foundation’s website.

Coastal Access Reports - Humber Bridge and Easington

On 12 May 2021 Natural England submitted its compendium of reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out our proposals for improved access to the coast from Humber Bridge to Easington.

These proposals form part of a programme to establish a continuous walking route around England’s coastline, as set out in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCA).

Members or organisations with a particular interest in public access and who is specified in the regulations to the MCA, you now have an opportunity to consider these proposals, and if required make a representation to the Secretary of State. Representations should be sent to Natural England by emailing northeastcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk.

CLA members with issues or concerns about these proposals can contact CLA North Rural Adviser Jane Harrison by telephoning 01748 90 7070.

Further details about these reports can be found by following this link.

AHDB Beef and Lamb and Dairy event

New approaches to parasite control to improve livestock and soil health

Members are invited to join in an event on 17 June from 7pm to 8pm, to hear how an integrated approach to parasite management can reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for wormers. The panel includes speakers Robert Howe, Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon and Nuffield Scholar, Bruce Thompson, dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar, and a sheep farmer (more details to follow).

The panel will discuss monitoring and assessing the risk of parasites, minimising over-exposure to gut worms, alternative grazing techniques and the vital role of dung beetles.

Members interested in registering for this event can do so by following this link.

Launch of free and voluntary Plant Passport E-learning

A Plant Passport E-Learning Module developed and funded by Defra, in conjunction with the Animal & Plant Health Agency and the Horticulture Trades Association was recently launched – with the first 10,000 courses offered for free..

The module will be launched 12 May 2021, the first 10,000 courses are free and the module is voluntary to use.

A factsheet published on the Plant Health Portal (see the resources section) provides the necessary details regarding the purpose of the module and how to access it.

Members who choose to take the module will not have to complete it immediately, but might find it helpful to complete the module ahead of your next Plant Passport audit visit.

Grey squirrel tree damage - call for evidence

The Squirrel Accord, of which the CLA is a partner, is gathering photo or video evidence of grey squirrel bark stripping damage to broadleaf trees - either bark stripping in action or the subsequent damage caused to trees.

Members who can assist are encouraged to email images or footage, with relevant information (e.g. county, damage severity, media credit, etc.) to info@squirrelaccord.uk or via Wetransfer to send larger files.

Read and share the Squirrel Accord’s blog which calls for this evidence by clicking here.

Woodland and tree planting opportunities – County Durham & North Pennines AONB

Two initiatives in the area, the North Pennines Woodland Project and the Durham Woodland Revival programme, provides free training and funding for woodland creation and tree planting.

North Pennines Woodland Project

Landowners, farmers and smallholders are being offered a package of support to increase the tree coverage in parts of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and on land outside of the AONB along the A68 corridor.

The AONB Partnership can offer woodland surveys, bespoke advice, and access to funding, as well as providing support for improving the management of existing woods. They can support members to explore options for new tree planting, looking at the best locations for planting, the ideal mix of species and identify potential future benefits to the farming business and the environment.

The work is funded by Durham County Council, the Woodland Trust and Northumbrian Water Ltd.

Members wanting to find out more can contact Ben Scotting, Woodland Officer at the North Pennines AONB Partnership, by emailing ben@northpenninesaonb.org.uk or telephoning 07920 577284. For more info, click here.

Durham Woodland Revival programme

Durham Woodland Revival is a four-year partnership programme, mainly focused around a 10 mile radius of the city of Durham, with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Durham County Council and Woodland Trust.

The programme’s aim is to create 81ha of new woodland – the size of the centre of Durham city – across three Woodland Trust sites as well as on privately owned land.

They are looking to improve the management of existing woodland, particularly ancient woodland both on Durham County Council’s estate and land which is privately owned. In addition, they are providing training for woodland owners and contractors, supporting existing community woodland groups and helping to set up new ones.

Funding is available for tree planting of areas over 0.1ha but smaller than 3ha. They also have funding available for trees outside of woodlands including hedgerow and parkland trees. Members who are considering creating larger areas of woodland can also approach the programme for assistance with funding applications.

Members that are interested in either of these schemes can contact Ben Scotting by emailing ben.scotting@durham.gov.uk or by telephoning 07920 577284.

National Lottery Heritage Fund - North

10am – 12pm. Six dates, running to 18 August

These events are for groups interested in finding out more about NLHF’s small grants programme. There is no project enquiry service at this level so these webinars have been created to answer all questions and help applicants put in good quality applications.

The session will explore:

  • how heritage can be used to transform places and change lives
  • what a well-planned project looks like
  • how to write a strong funding application to the fund.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to share their project ideas and ask any questions. The webinar will be especially helpful for first-time applicants and those completely new to funding.

Find out more about Heritage Lottery small grants

Book your place here.

Survey on cyber security in businesses

Lizzie Buckler, client relations manager at the North East Business Resilience Centre is currently conducting a survey on cyber security as part of her studies for an MSc in Criminology and International Security. The survey takes around 7 minutes it is entirely anonymous, and GDPR compliant.

Fill out the survey

Arnside & Silverdale AONB - Farming and Land Management Group

The Arnside & Silverdale AONB Partnership has established a Farming and Land Management Group to support landowners and land managers, especially with the establishment of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme.

The aims of this group are to:

  • enable farmers, land managers, landowners and organisations to work together across the area and access the new environmental payments that are slowly replacing the Basic Payment Scheme
  • provide a focus for sharing information, opportunities, knowledge and views
  • make new contacts and share ideas with neighbouring land managers, discovering how best to cooperate and work together
  • encourage and support landscape enhancement and nature recovery and
  • improve agricultural practices to benefit the natural environment and resources such as soil health.

Membership is free and will have the opportunity to take part in a range of events and activities. Members interested in finding out more can contact Helen by emailing helen@arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk

Retrofitting old homes – webinar recording available

Cumbria Action for Sustainability recently hosted a webinar on retrofitting homes built before the 1920s, which was very well attended by a crowd of interested residents. Members who are interested in the topic can view a recording of this event on youtube.

Watch the recording

GREENING EDEN BUSINESSES

Eden District Council and the CBEN partnership are inviting applications from Eden based Businesses for an opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions, while saving money.

As part of the Greening Eden Businesses project, applicants will undertake an environmental assessment with CBEN who will offer practical advice on how to reduce emissions. These solutions could range from no cost changes, to capital investment projects. CBEN will provide advice on grants available to fund chosen solutions. A potential grant opportunity is Eden District Council's Greening Eden Businesses Grant which offers £1000 to £10,000 per business, depending on the impact of chosen carbon reduction solutions.

To learn more about Greening Eden Businesses please visit CBEN Greening Eden.