28th July 2023


Rural Rap


Drinks giant Chapel Down has secured permission for a new winery, following a major blow earlier this year.
The well-known grape-grower originally got the greenlight for the new venture at Canterbury Business Park, off the A2 near Bridge, in April.

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A Kent rewilding project will expand after being awarded £100,000. Kent Wildlife Trust will use the money from the charity Rewilding Britain to connect woodland in the Blean, an area home to bison that were introduced last summer.

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Advance BPS payments to be issued to farmers

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) advance payments will be issued to famers on 1 August, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced (25 July).

Advance payments will be up to 50% of the total annual BPS payment and will help farmers impacted by price rises throughout the industry with their summer season cashflow.

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‘Stasis’ in agricultural let sector across Britain, survey reveals

A ‘stasis’ in the agricultural let sector has been revealed in the latest survey by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

The annual Land Occupation Survey covers decisions made where tenancies were granted or ended and other occupations changed in that year.

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Defra unveils £10m funding pot for cattle shed upgrades 

Defra is making £10m of additional funding available to livestock farmers in England to replace aging cattle sheds with state-of-the art facilities.

The Animal Health and Welfare Infrastructure Grant will allocate awards to farmers ranging from £15,000 to £500,000, prioritising new and upgraded calf housing. The application window will open later this summer.

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British berry sector ‘under threat’ as retailers accused of holding profits

The British berry sector is ‘under threat’ as supermarket returns are failing to meet growers’ inflationary costs of production, an industry body has warned.

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BASC accuses Defra of issuing illegal advice 

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has accused Defra of issuing illegal advice to cull hundreds of thousands of gamebirds.

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Young farmers targeted in Tesco sustainable farming plan

Tesco and Harper Adams University’s School of Sustainable Food and Farming (SSFF) have unveiled a major new multi-year programme to help up-and-coming British farmers develop their skills in sustainable agriculture.

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Bird flu confirmed in commercial poultry at Kent farm 

Bird flu of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain has been found in commercial poultry at a farm near Elham, in Kent.

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More lobbying success for the CLA, as consultations launched on permitted development rights and funding to deal with planning backlogs announced 

Earlier this week, Housing and Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove committed to a package of planning reforms that will help reduce the complexity of the planning system, something that the CLA has long-called for as part of its Rural Powerhouse campaign.

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Nature recovery projects to boost wildlife and access to nature

An area bigger than the size of Hertfordshire is to be dedicated to fast tracking nature recovery as six new landscape-scale nature recovery projects are launched by Natural England and the government.

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Biodiversity Net Gain moves a step closer with more funding

New nature positive developments moved a step closer this week with additional government support announced to enable the rollout of Biodiversity Net Gain.

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Biddenden Tractor Fest 2023

Biddenden Tractor Fest Holden Farm, Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8EZ.  what3words ///sizes.mopped.dabbling

19th & 20th August 2023

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Weald of Kent Ploughing Match - Saturday 16th September 2023

We look forward to welcoming you all to the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match at

Reed Court Farm, Hunton Road, Chainhurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9SX
by kind permission of Fridays Ltd and sponsored by BTF Partnership.
Gates open 8am.

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2023 CLA Rural Business Conference

This year’s CLA Rural Business Conference ‘Competing visions: the future of land’ will help those who own or manage rural land to make sense of the vital role of land in an increasingly political and polarising landscape.

Taking place at the QEII Centre in central London, our flagship event will allow landowners and land managers to explore the complex relationship between themselves, consumers, corporations, governments, environmentalists and political campaigners.

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