Rural Powerhouse Week content

The CLA's Rural Powerhouse Week was a four-day digital event showcasing the strength and versatility of the rural economy.

Each day of the week explored a different issue affecting CLA members through a programme of videos, blogs, webinars, podcasts and workshops with exclusive insights from senior industry and government figures and analysis from CLA experts. With thanks to our supporters - Strutt & Parker, Barclays, Roadnight Taylor, Catesby Estates, Oakbank and Saffery Champness.

Please find below links to all the digital content, plus recordings of all the webinars.    

Webinar recordings


Mark Tufnell in conversation with Christopher Pincher - watch here

Thoughts on design and planning with Sebastian Anstruther - watch here

Top three tips on planning success - watch here

Thoughts on planning with Roger Tempest - watch here

An overview of Barlavington Estate - watch here

Thoughts on modular design with Bill Dunster - watch here


Embarking on a planning venture
CLA North Communications Manager Henk Geertsema speaks to members about their planning projects on burial sites. Read the blog.

Getting the green light
Jeremy Troughton shares his family's journey to transform their dilapidated farm buildings into revenue-generating opportunities. Read the blog.

Designing for future rural vitality
David Lort-Phillips explains his vision behind revitalising an estate village in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Read the blog.

A new era for planning?
Catesby Estate looks at the proposed reforms to the planning system, including public consultations. Read the blog.


Electrical storage as an alternative farm income - listen here

Webinar recordings


An introduction to Holkham Estate - watch here

Sustainable tourism at Holkham Estate  - watch here


Forestry and woodland in Wales
Anthony Geddes, National Manager for Wales at Confor, explains more about tree planting in Wales to CLA Climate Change Lead Alice Ritchie. Read the blog.

Climate and cattle
Alice Ritchie speaks to CLA member Tom Morrison about the role of livestock in achieving net zero and the work of the Pasture for Life Association. Read the blog.

Renewable energy opportunities
Hugh Taylor of independent power and energy consultancy Roadnight Taylor looks at the large-scale renewable energy opportunities for landowners and explains how to maximise the chances of achieving a viable solar, wind or battery storage scheme. Read the blog.

Natural capital accounts explained
Strutt & Parker outlines the work it is doing to promote natural capital and its collaboration with Economics for the Environment Consultancy. Read the blog.

Supporting the drive to increase sustainability
Oliver McEntyre, National Agriculture Strategy Director at Barclays explains more about how the company is driving sustainability through its agritech campaign. Read the blog.


The road to net zero - listen now

Webinar recordings


Advice on how to trade your product internationally – Ridgeview Winery - watch here

Technical teach in from the Department of International Trade - watch here

The CLA Charitable Trust - watch here


Concerns over a ‘no deal’ Brexit
Patrick Holden CEO of Sustainable Food Trust shares his thoughts on the impact ‘no deal’ will have on the agriculture sector. Read the blog.

What lies ahead for international trade
Dartmoor farmer Mary Alford reflects on the future of upland farming given uncertainty over the UK's trading relationships. Read the blog.

The opportunities are endless
Douglas Adamson, Executive Chairman of Anthropods & Co, explains how international trade has accelerated growth in his business. Read the blog.


The risks and rewards of international trade - listen now

Webinar recordings


Rural Powerhouse Week: In Conversation with Lesley Griffiths - watch here

Rural Powerhouse Week: Beyond BPS with CLA Members, Charles and Will Mann - watch here

Rural Powerhouse Week: Beyond BPS with CLA Member, Johnny Wake - watch here


Future agriculture policy in Wales
CLA Senior Policy Adviser, Wales Fraser McAuley examines what the future holds for farming and land use in Wales as the sector moves away from BPS. Read the blog.

Considering the future for upland farming 
CLA Senior Land Use Policy Adviser Harry Greenfield finds out how a CLA member in North Yorkshire is preparing for a future without BPS and what is in store for his business. Read the blog.

Developing the Environmental Land Management scheme - a view from Defra
Lynne Phillips, Defra’s Programme Delivery Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme addresses what Defra is trying to achieve and outlines some of the work her team is undertaking. Read the blog.

Why Countryside Stewardship is still a great option for most farmers
Ian Gould, Director at Oakbank Game and Conservation, argues that the current Countryside Stewardship scheme is a good interim measure until the new ELM scheme is fully available. Read the blog.


ELMs tests and trials - listen now


A joint CLA and Strutt & Parker survey has shown farmers and landowners have a strong interest in the environment and the need to tackle climate change - but they do have concerns over the lack of clarity on the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme. 
The survey offers an insight into how land managers feel about changes in the policy framework and signals which public goods they are most likely to want to provide as we transition away from direct payments and towards the provision of environmental services. 
Read the report.