Under new rules, if your septic tank currently discharges directly to a surface water you must replace or upgrade the system by 1 January 2020. This Guidance Note updates the guidance produced earlier this year by the CLA, aiming to make it clearer what is required by the 2020 deadline, as well as covering the other rules and regulations related to private sewage systems.
The Rural Powerhouse is a CLA campaign designed to unleash the potential of the rural economy. It aims to close the rural productivity gap, adding £43bn to per year while transforming the lives of millions of people who live and work in the countryside.
Judicaelle Hammond is the CLA's Director of Policy and Advice.
CLA Director General Sarah Hendry looks ahead to next month’s Rural Business Conference…
The CLA has responded to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry on agriculture, achieving net-zero emissions. In our response, we highlight that landowners and managers are crucial to achieving net-zero across the economy. The ambition to achieve net-zero for the sector should be reframed to look at the full range of positive contributions from farmers and landowners towards the national obligation rather than focussing on the sector specific emissions.
The CLA has responded to Defra's Call for Evidence on key flood and coastal issues to help develop a flood and coastal erosion and national infrastructure strategy. Our evidence outlined the importance of resilience to flood and coastal erosion for farmers and landowners, as in farming the speed of recovery is often slow due to the production cycle, and costs can be very high. Farmers and landowners have long dealt with changeable weather events and are able to cope well, however, their resilience is dependent on good drainage, well-maintained flood defences and a strong strategic vision from Defra and the Environment Agency.
The CLA has responded to the Environment Agency consultation on the new Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England, urging the Government to consider the strategic importance of land when it comes to the introduction of new measures to protect areas at risk of flooding in England.
Agriculture and land use contributes to around 10% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon accounting on farms is one of the best ways to start measuring and then reducing the emissions produced on-farm. This Guidance Note explains the basics of carbon accounting, recommends two carbon calculating tools available for land managers and explains how to interpret the results. The Guidance Note also runs through the different farm management practices that can help reduce emissions for a variety of farm systems.
CLA Director General, Sarah Hendry reflects on her experiences working in climate change and how recent public campaigning has renewed a public sense of urgency.
For many rural businesses, diversification will be a factor in their post-Brexit planning. Trees and woodlands can provide an all too often overlooked opportunity to add sustainable income.