CLA South West Notices

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

Webinar update on the Dorset Visual Impact Provision project

Following two and half years of going underground and all the complex engineering and construction that involved, National Grid is now gearing up to do what it originally set out to do and transform the landscape for good by permanently removing the stretch of 22 pylons which form the Dorset Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project just outside Dorchester.

In anticipation for the moment when the pylons themselves are dismantled, National Grid has organised a free webinar to talk people through the incredible work that has happened on site to date – from the vast array of archaeological finds and the ongoing challenge of the British weather to the complex engineering of the steep slopes. We will also give you a preview of what is due to happen around the pylons coming down.

Register here to attend the webinar on Thursday 30 June from 1pm until 2pm.

Innovation for Growth Series: Agri-Innovation for Food Resilience

Innovation for Growth Series: Agri-Innovation for Food Resilience

There is an urgent need to transform agri-food systems towards higher levels of efficiency, resilience, inclusiveness, and sustainability. Agri-tech innovation plays an important role in this transformation with 78% of farmers across the UK using some form of agri-tech.

This event brings together RAU academics, Farm491 members and other businesses from the Greater Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, or Gloucestershire area to learn more about funding, potential partnerships and other agrifood opportunities in the area.

Who should attend?

If you are a business working with farmers, in food production and/or supply across the agri-food value chain located in the Greater Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, or Gloucestershire area this event is for you.

Why attend?

  • Get insight into potential routes to funding your innovative business ideas
  • Identify possible opportunities for partnership and collaboration
  • Network with RAU academics and other businesses working in this area

Event Details

Fri 08 Jul 2022 - 10.00am - 12.00

Cultural Heritage Institute
RAU Swindon Centre
11 Carriage Works
London Street
Railway Village
Swindon

More information

A tremendous trip to Lundy Island with the Addington Fund

After a two-year enforced break, the Addington Fund and Mole Valley Farmers are finally sailing away again to the beautiful island of Lundy, also known as the “Kingdom of Heaven”, on Sunday 17th July 2022. This fund-raising event is vital to support relief, housing and grants for those within the farming community in need, not to mention the recently established Young Entrants Scheme to help first generation farmers.

The fantastic day includes sailing from Bideford to Lundy, on the graceful Oldenburg, built in 1958 and completely refurbished in 1999, with plenty of time to explore Lundy Island. Owned by the National Trust and managed by the Landmark Trust, Lundy is a stunning place of wide spaces and big skies, with wildlife such as seals, puffins and plenty of other wild birds, not to mention a fine pub for visitors to enjoy.

Addington’s Lundy Island trip remains a highlight of the summer calendar, anticipating the event, Jack Cordery, CEO of Mole Valley Farmers says “Mole Valley Farmers has chosen the Addington Fund to be our charity partner of the year because of the natural alignment between our core values, sense of purpose, and the work that the Addington Fund do to support the agricultural, rural and farming communities. As such, we are delighted to be supporting them with this trip to the unique, unspoilt Lundy Island which lies off the beautiful coastline of our Head Office location in North Devon.”

For tickets and all enquiries please email Trevor Glasper on info@glaspers.co.uk or call on 01297 680218. (Ticket Prices: £50 for adults, £40 for children 16 and under). Limited tickets available so please book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Embark: 8:30 am, Sail: 9:00 am, Disembark: 8:30 pm.

For more information about the Addington Fund and Mole Valley’s sponsorship for the charity please visit www.addingtonfund.org.uk/events-a-trip-to-lundy-island or find them both on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Registered charity number 109792. Trip kindly sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers Ltd (www.moleonline.com/)

Can’t join us on the trip but want to support the Addington Fund? Why not donate a raffle prize to help raise vital funds for the charity? If this is something you would like to do, please call or email Annie on 01926 620135 or enquiries@addingtonfund.org.uk

Young couple seeking holding in South West

James and Isobel Wright's starter holding FBT ends in September and they are seeking to find somewhere move to.

Farming family after 150+ acres of pasture or ideally mixed, south or south west. Well capitalised with off farm income (photos of our cows 2022, family 2019/22 & ewes 2018). They require accommodation for their (growing) family, reasonable buildings and enough acreage to merit moving.

They are Pasture for Life members and would love an opportunity with a landowner who sees the benefit of regenerative, rotational grazing. James works for an agricultural software company which he can do from home, so movable off the farm income. In return, they are willing to provide a sensible rent/first charge, investment in the farm and a long term partnership with the owners.

Contact:

Mobile: 07856204233

Twitter: @JPBWFarm

Land wanted in south or east Devon

Land for largely arable use, to purchase, share farm or rent.

If share farm would be of interest, we have all the necessary machinery and a weighbridge.

We are open to all ideas and are in a position to take on land immediately.

Anyone interested would be welcome to meet us and see our farm practices.

Contact Nigel Dennis: 07977 047172