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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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.

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.

Routemap to Carbon-Negative Business Roundtable

The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking representation from business support organisations and businesses across all sectors to contribute to a regional plan for reaching negative carbon emissions. They are particularly interested in tourism and hospitality, food and drink, construction and professional services. The Routemap to Carbon-Negative Business Roundtable will be held on Wednesday 2 June from 10am to 12 noon.

The session will focus on co-creating a plan for the greener future of York & North Yorkshire’s businesses, getting input from business representatives on:

What do we need to do – reviewing and generating consensus on the Carbon Abatement Pathways report’s targets for:

  • Increasing energy and materials efficiency
  • Fuel switching from fossil fuels to electric, bioenergy and hydrogen
  • Low carbon heating
  • Renewables and carbon capture and storage (CCS)

How we can achieve it

  • Reviewing recommended next steps and adding our own
  • Discussing linked policies, plans and projects in Y&NY organisations

Who will be doing what

  • Building on existing local activity to identify lead organisations for different areas of work
  • Governance of the Routemap

Members who have any questions about this session can contact Energy Programme Lead Katie Privett, katie.privett@businessinspiredgrowth.com Register for this event via this link.

New Forestry Innovation Funds announced

The Forestry Commission have announced three new funding streams under their ‘Woods into Management - Forestry Innovation Funds’. These are mainly aimed at woodland management companies, conservation organisations, timber processors, agents and contractors as well as owners.

The timeframe is tight – applications need to be made by 20 June 2021.

These schemes aim to restore vulnerable woodland habitats and help woodlands adapt to a changing climate and recover from the impacts of pests and diseases.

There are three Innovation Funds - ‘Routes to Market for Ash Timber’, ‘Temporary Infrastructure’ and ‘Regional Woodland Restoration’ (with the latter only running in North West and West Midlands).

More information can be found via this link.

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.

State of Rural Services survey 2021

Rural England would like to know what changes people have made to their lives and how those might influence surrounding communities, services and business. This survey aims to collect data that will be vital in helping to inform these urgent debates.

Rural England, working in partnership with the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), wants to hear your views and experiences. In that way, they can try to make sure that politicians and policies are more informed, based on an understanding of what really happens at a local level.

As a thank you for completing the survey, Rural England is offering an Amazon voucher worth £20 to 5 lucky respondents chosen at random at the end of the survey period.

Take the survey

Advice and support for CS Mid Tier applications

Natural England, on behalf of The Rural Payments Agency, is providing support and advice for Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier Scheme applicants through a series of free webinars and one to one advice sessions held on-line to help applicants develop a high quality application for an Agreement that will benefit the local environment and the farm business.

There are several scheme changes for Countryside Stewardship Agreements that commence on 1 January 2022 and this support programme will provide information on these and the land management and capital grant opportunities available through the Scheme. Applications for Mid-Tier including the Wildlife Offers are now open and close on 30 July 2021 (30 April for capital only applications).

The dates (all webinars run from 12noon to 1.30pm) targeted at the North of England are:

  • Thursday 20 May
  • Tuesday 15 June

To book onto a webinar and/or a follow up one-one advice session Call 08453 713399 or Email bookings@ADAS.co.uk

For more information please refer to the Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier pages on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mid-tier-farm-advice-framework-faf-events

The Rural Payments Agency will handle all Countryside Stewardship enquiries and requests for application packs on 03000 200 301.

The Quernmore Park Clay Shoot – 26 June

CLA members Carol & Andrew (Zuky) Johnson will be hosting the The Quernmore Park Clay Shoot, in aid of St John’s Hospice and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, on 26 June, starting at 10am.

There will be a 4 shooter team event: 6 stands individual Quernmore springing teal competition (cartridges available on the day, sponsored by Malmo Guns), as well as a BBQ lunch, with beer and wine.

BASC will be present giving those attending an opportunity to try standard steel ammunition. All the major shooting organisations are calling for a 5 year phase out of lead shot for live quarry shooting in the UK.

BASC are offering people the opportunity to try one of the non-lead alternatives (steelshot). This is intended to be an informal experience to give people to opportunity to try the ammunition and to dispel some of the myths regarding steel shot. We can also check your guns proof marks to ensure its okay to use steel if you have any concerns.

Members wanting to attend can R.S.V.P. by 7 June - a reply form (and gift aid form) can be obtained by emailing qpclayshoot@gmail.com.

State of Rural Services survey 2021

Rural England would like to know what changes people have made to their lives and how those might influence surrounding communities, services and business. This survey aims to collect data that will be vital in helping to inform these urgent debates.

Rural England, working in partnership with the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), wants to hear your views and experiences. In that way, they can try to make sure that politicians and policies are more informed, based on an understanding of what really happens at a local level.

As a thank you for completing the survey, Rural England is offering an Amazon voucher worth £20 to 5 lucky respondents chosen at random at the end of the survey period.

Take the survey

Rural Design Centre’s invitation to its first virtual rural café

Members interested in how innovation is supporting the North East’s rural communities might be interested in the Rural Design Centre’s invitation to join them for an online event on 27 May from 10am to 11am. For their first event, they will be introducing attendees to the work of the Rural Design Centre, to meet the team and discuss any ideas or issues.

Book your place

British Deer Society Range day – Sunday 6 June

The British Deer Society (BDS) will be hosting a Range Day at Grayrigg in Cumbria. The BDS have also secured access to another range, quite near to the North West of Forest of Bowland so will shortly be releasing additional dates.

The first range day of the year will have the added opportunity to try non-lead ammunition. The announcement that the AGHE members from August 2022 will not be accepting non-lead shot carcasses will have a massive impact on anyone selling carcass to AGHE dealers.

Alastair Boston, Deer Officer from the Forestry Commission (FC) will be attending to talk to anyone about the FC’s long experience with non-lead ammo and deer as well as an RFD who has been using copper for many years.

Because of Covid restrictions members interested in attending MUST book a slot in advance. Time – from 10am, with last arrival at 2pm.

Location – Grayrigg, Cumbria LA8 9BU. Take A685 north from Kendal, south from Tebay junction of the M6, left at the Grayrigg church if coming from the south, right if from the north. Follow the narrow tarmac road until the hosts are seen.

Members interested in booking for this event can contact Andy Massingham by emailing andymass36@hotmail.com There will be BACS for pre-payment. £10 plus any non-lead ammo if required.

Other range and event dates available here, page will be updated when confirmed North West England - The British Deer Society

For any further information please contact Alastair Boston – alastair.boston@forestrycommission.gov.uk and 0778 894 8281.

Farming and Waders with Patrick Laurie - Tuesday 18 May, 7pm

Patrick will share his perspectives as a farmer on the challenges of conservation. And recount his experiences looking out for birds like curlew, lapwing and golden plover which are rapidly disappearing from, but intrinsic to, our lives and landscapes.

Patrick Laurie is a writer and farmer based in Galloway. And he's a champion of wader conservation. He is the author of Native - life in a vanishing landscape, shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize for nature writing 2020.

Book now

United Utilities Draft Drought Plan 2022 - Consultation

United Utilities have just published their Draft Drought Plan and are inviting views until 23 June.

The Drought Plan sets out the actions that will be taken to protect water supplies should a severe drought occur and a new draft plan has been published for consultation, to cover the period 2022 to 2027. United Utilities would especially appreciate feedback on drought levels, drought management actions, communication plans, and overall structure and presentation of the plan.

Further information and consultation questions can be found on the Drought Plan webpage which can be used to help in preparing a response.

Consultation events

Due to COVID-19 restrictions it will not be possible to hold stakeholder events in person. Instead, United Utilities is running a virtual workshop to present their draft plan and host a Q&A session. This will be running the week commencing 31st May.

Members who are interested in attending can reserve a place by emailing water.resources@uuplc.co.uk.

Responding to this consultation

Responses to this consultation can be made by completing the form on their webpage, emailing Water.resources@defra.gov.uk using the subject “United Utilities’ draft drought plan consultation” or by writing to:

Defra
Water Company Drought Plan
3rd Floor
2 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 4DF

Members who have specific questions on responding to this consultation, can do so by emailing water.resources@uuplc.co.uk.

Members wanting to discuss any issue related to this consultation or any water management issue can contact CLA North Rural Surveyor Robert Frewen by telephoning 01748 90 7070.

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

Rural Business Survey – NICRE

The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) is asking rural and farming businesses in the North East, South West and Midlands how they are dealing with COVID-19 to explore the lesser-known area of rural resilience.

There is little research about how small firms in rural areas manage crises and how they recover so NICRE is speaking to more than 4,000 businesses over the next two months to shed light on this area.

NICRE co-director Prof Stephen Roper said: “As we take steps along the road to recovery, it's surprising, perhaps, but we have very little robust information on rural resilience - how small firms in the countryside deal with crises and how they recover.

“Our large-scale survey fills an important gap in our current knowledge of rural enterprise and aims to improve how local and national government support rural businesses in the future.”

Members with rural businesses interested in giving their views can contact Prof Roper by emailing Stephen.Roper@wbs.ac.uk.

Natural England providing advice webinars for Countryside Stewardship applicants

Natural England, on behalf of The Rural Payments Agency, are providing support and advice for Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier Scheme applicants through a series of free events (webinars) and one to one advice sessions held on-line to help applicants develop a high quality application for an Agreement that will benefit the local environment and the farm business.

There are several scheme changes for Countryside Stewardship Agreements that commence on 1 January 2022 and this support programme will provide information on these and the land management and capital grant opportunities available through the Scheme. Applications for Mid-Tier including the Wildlife Offers are now open and close on 30 July 2021 (30 April for capital only applications).

The dates and time of the webinars targeted to the North of England are as follows:

Dates (all webinars start at 12noon and finishes at 1.30pm

  • Thursday 20 May
  • Tuesday 15 June

To book onto a webinar and/or a follow up one-one advice session call 08453 713399 or email bookings@ADAS.co.uk.

For more information please refer to the Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier pages on gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mid-tier-farm-advice-framework-faf-events

The Rural Payments Agency will handle all Countryside Stewardship enquiries and requests for application packs on 03000 200 301.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY 2021

In addition to LEAF’s (Linking Farming And Environment) Open Farm Sunday on-farm events on the 13 June 2021, LEAF will also be hosting a series of ‘virtual’ farm visits online.

Following last year’s success, when LOFS took to screens for the first time, two ‘online’ farm open days will take place this Spring and Autumn, alongside a programme of monthly live broadcasts every month throughout the year.

There will be two LEAF Online Farm Sunday events, on Sunday 28 March and Sunday 26 September. Each will include an afternoon of live virtual farm tours on Facebook @LEAFOpenFarmSunday, featuring a range of different farms spanning the country and shining a spotlight on all farming sectors. In addition, monthly farm visits broadcast live on Facebook will feature a different farm on the first Sunday of each month adding to the kaleidoscope of farming stories shared with the public.

All these activities will promote a greater understanding of the different aspects of agriculture such as productive soils, animal welfare, clean water and air, public access and enhancing biodiversity.

These on-farm and online events are at the heart of the new LEAF Open Farm Sunday three-year strategy to ensure a continued positive impact on the whole farming industry and enriching the understanding of wider society to act as global citizens supporting climate positive farming and food production.

Members wanting to get involved in sharing their farming story can find more information by following this link.

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.