Regional Round Up - March 2019

28 March 2019

CLA South West staff attended a number of meetings and events during the month of March. We saw the second of the seminars in our spring events, filming ahead of our Smart Farming seminar went ahead on an extremely wet and windy day as well as a number of engagement meetings with organisations across the region. 

Tax Planning and Asset Preservation 

Members from around the south west region convened at Castle Hill Estate in Devon. CLA Vice President, Mark Tufnell, welcomed members and cited the important work that the association was doing on behalf of the membership. Representatives from event partners Foot Anstey and Albert Goodman gave an insight into how farmers and landowners can better prepare themselves and their families for succession and the potential challenges that could be faced. Quilter Cheviot covered the current investment market situation.

Members also heard about the current trends in fine arts, antiquities and collectables including classic cars. This was followed by a tour of the beautiful house and gardens with Lady Arran and Lady Duckworth-Chad. 

Smart Farming

Ahead of the Smart Farming seminar, which will be hosted at Overbury Farm, Gloucestershire on 2 April, Communications Manager, Kim John and Rural Surveyor, Will Langer met up with Jake Freestone the Estate's Farm Manager to film a video as part of the CLA's video communications strategy. 

Jake covered the importance of the introduction of smart farming technology to large scale farming operations as well as talk a little more about the kit used at the estate. Keep an eye out for the video on the CLA South West Twitter account which will also include a round up of the event itself.  

Want to check other videos the CLA has produced? You can find them all here - you can find the CLA South West videos by heading to Playlists and selecting South West. 

Glos LEP ‘Let’s Grow’ event

Rural Surveyor Graham Clark attended the Glos LEP 'Let's Grow' event for rural businesses at RAU Cirencester. Attendees heard the initial findings of a study commissioned by the LEP Agrifood & Rural Business Group to quantify the size and make-up of Gloucestershire’s rural economy. This study will help make the case to the LEP that the rural economy is sizeable, growing and worthy of investment and support alongside other sectors.

West of England LEADER Local Action Group

Graham Clark also chaired the penultimate meeting of the West of England LEADER Local Action Group in Pucklechurch where grant awards were made to three village infrastructure projects.

Cornwall AONB

Rural Surveyor Will Langer met with the Cornwall AONB team in Truro. The role of farmers and landowners in the AONB was discussed at length, including the importance of supporting rural businesses and communities.

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council 

Chairman of the CLA Gloucestershire Branch, Robert Killen and Rural Surveyor Graham Clark met with the CEO of Gloucestershire Rural Community Council to discuss matters of mutual interest.


Other events and meetings included a tour of James Kittows Butchers in Par, the Cornwall Farm Business Awards and Cornwall AGM, the first of our AGMs of the year.