South West

Manor Farm Stables
Biddestone
Chippenham
SN14 7DH
T: 01249 700200
F: 01249 700201
E: southwest@cla.org.uk

The South West is the most important agricultural region in the country - as well as being a major tourist destination, home to two national parks, World Heritage sites and a host of designated fragile and important landscapes.

The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.  We offer our members leadership and professional advice, and we use our expertise and experience on rural matters to promote our members' interests and to influence decision-makers.  We speak for everyone who believes in a living and working countryside.

The CLA in the South West not only represents the interests of the people who own, farm and manage the land, but it also campaigns for the kind of vibrant and healthy rural economy which supports the beauty of the landscape, the diversity of the environment and the populations of our villages and market towns.

John Mortimer is Director with responsibility for the overall management of regional business.

The CLA and You

Our policy work and lobbying successes benefit all our members. We use your experiences and your concerns to inform what we do and to support our efforts to moderate or modify legislation and regulations which impact on our members and their businesses.

Our policies encompass all aspects of landownership and rural life with a particular focus on the protection of private property rights and the facilitation of rural economic development.

In the South West, your regional team provides advice and rural representation as well as a range of social and professional benefits for over 6,000 members in:

  • Cornwall 
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Somerset
  • Wiltshire

Our members own and manage some 250 separate and different types of rural business and are engaged in all aspects of the rural economy. They include farmers, landowners, shop owners, brewers, holiday parks, historic houses and every shade of private property owner.

All of our full members benefit from the complete range of CLA activities including:

Advice – Full members enjoy access to a free and unlimited advisory service providing independent, impartial information and advice across the whole spectrum of rural and business issues.

We are fortunate in having two Chartered Surveyors Graham Clark and Ann Maidment, as well as a Rural Adviser, Will Langer, who bring expertise in all rural policy and land management areas to the CLA team and are based at our Biddestone. 

For details of your regional advisers and the topics they cover see our contacts page.

If you would like help from our advisors simply contact the regional office - the sooner you call, the sooner we may be able to help you.

Lobbying - Our team meets regularly with MPs; MEPs with local authority representatives, police forces, business and policy leaders and numerous government and non-government agencies. Our team is also engaged with the new Localism Agenda and represents members' interests on Local Enterprise Partnerships across the region.

Media – Kim John is Interim Communications Manager managing our media and member-facing activities. We use our media expertise to maintain a high profile across the region on the issues affecting our members and to support our lobbying activities. You can hear us regularly on local radio and read about us in your local and regional papers. Keep up-to-date by following us on Twitter @CLASouthwest

Local representation – Each county has a branch Committee elected from the membership that ensures local concerns are addressed at the highest level. We also have a South West Regional Committee to give us a wider view of regional issues and many of our county Committee members represent the interests of the South West on CLA National Committees.

Up to date information – Members our monthly magazine with a detailed “Branch News” section. They also receive a regular 'Enews' (Do we have your email address?), plus access to a wide variety of information leaflets and briefing notes.  You can also keep in touch with the latest news by following us on Twitter @clasouthwest

Events – Sarah Fern, who is our Events and Partnership Manager and thanks to her work, members can enjoy a wide range of technical, social and professional events and activities – conferences, seminars and workshops on key policy issues plus tax and legal advisory clinics, informal meetings with the SW professional team plus a programme of social visits to the hidden gems of the South West.

Shows – The CLA in the SW maintains a high profile presence at our three major shows where we host ground-breaking business and political breakfasts exploring the issues that affect our members and our region with key opinion formers from Government and from Europe. We also offer drop-in-advisory clinics at all three major shows and a full catering service for members and guests visiting the Royal Cornwall Show. We maintain a presence at many of the one and two-day shows across the region where we are happy to offer members hospitality and a warm welcome

Contact Us

To make communication with the regional team as straightforward as possible, we have a single telephone number for all the staff in the region. If you dial 01249 700200 your call will be answered by one of the team at Manor Farm Stables where our office is manned between 9.00am and 5.00pm five days a week. Which ever of the regional staff team you wish to speak to,you will be connected or a message will be taken if they are not available.

Join Us

If you are interested in membership or just in finding out more about the CLA just call the regional office on:

01249 700200 – Whoever you need, whatever you want, one number does it all.

Consultations

Our professional team, Graham Clark, Ann Maidment and Will Langer respond to various consultations on behalf of CLA members and sit on many panels, boards and advisory bodies throughout the region. Keep abreast of ongoing consultations in your area. 

Events

CLA South West organises a year-round programme of technical, professional and social events across the region every year.

Notices

A wide range of information from the CLA and other organisations for South West members – if you have information about issues or events you’d like to communicate to other CLA members contact the office on 01249 700200