Grandfather Rights

Last month, the CLA’s Agricultural Adviser met with the City and Guilds Institute and the Chemical Regulations Directorate to discuss the cessation of Grandfather Rights under the Sustainable Use Directive, which comes into force in 2015.

The CLA was asked to help design the layout and operation of a new assessment, ensuring it will have the least burden on farmers and landowners who apply pesticides under Grandfather Rights.

We were encouraged by Defra Ministers and the Chemical Regulations Directorate’s desire to ensure that any changes arising from European legislation have the minimum impact on pesticide users operating under Grandfather Rights. On the back of the CLA’s demands, City and Guilds is now designing a qualification that will be least burdensome to CLA members using Grandfather Rghts.