07 December 2018

CLA Year in Review

It has been another extremely busy year for CLA East with a wide range of events, political engagement and lobbying on the topics and issues of most importance to our members.

Here is a snapshot of just a few of the highlights of 2018.


January – LAMMA ‘18

The CLA welcomes members and non-members to its exhibition stand at LAMMA which, due to the weather, turned out to be an eventful show.


February – Political Debate

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee, and Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin, joined CLA members for a barn meeting in Hertfordshire to discuss national political developments and local issues associated with farming and landownership.

Neil Parish

March – A Royal Visit

HRH, The Prince of Wales visited Louth Livestock Market in Lincolnshire to meet campaigners, including the CLA, who were successful in keeping the market open after a council review threatened it with closure.

Louth market

April – Future Farming Policy Discussion

CLA East branch committee chairmen met with Defra representatives at The Oval to share their views on the future farming policy consultation.

CLA East Chairmen

May – CLA East Show Season Kicks Off

The CLA welcomed hundreds of members to breakfast and lunch events in its marquee at the Suffolk Show.

CLA at Suffolk Show

June – Minister Meeting

The CLA met Farming Minister George Eustice at the Lincolnshire Show to discuss the latest politcial developments in the food and farming sector.

George Eustice

 July – CLA East Responds to Crime Survey

CLA East responded to the results of the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey that found rural communities are ‘living on the edge – in fear of crime, unhappy with the police and feeling isolated and vulnerable’.

Police vehicle

August – CLA East Raises Hare Coursing Concerns

The CLA wrote to police chief constables across the East of England to seek assurance that tackling illegal hare coursing will be a priority.

Hare coursing sign

September – Water Shortage Concerns Discussed with Michael Gove

Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove was urged to ensure water for food receives a higher priority when he met farmers and farming organisations, including the CLA, in Newmarket.

Water meeting with Michael Gove

 October – Diversification Demystified

The CLA hosted a Diversification Demystified seminar at The Granary Estates in Suffolk attended by more than 100 landowners and rural businesses from across the East of England. Watch the video from this event here.

Diversification Demystified

November – Fly-tipping Frustration

CLA East said fly-tipping incidents remain ‘alarmingly high’ as it responded to the latest Defra statistics.

Fly-tipping incident

December – Safe as Houses

The CLA provided practical advice on the management of residential lettings and an update on the most recent changes to regulation during an event in Suffolk.

CLA Event