15th April 2022


Rural Rap

A BARN HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY A HUGE FIRE AT ST MARY HOO, reports the Kent Messenger.  Six fire engines and a bulk water carrier were sent to the farm where a large barn measuring 80mx80m was well alight.  The barn was being used to store around 400 tonnes of baled hay.  Furthermore a small building and a number of skips were also alight due to heat and fire spread.  It is not known what caused the blaze and there were no reported injuries.

KENT COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER PROTECTED FROM FLOODING NOW THAN THEY WERE SIX YEARS AGO, reports the Kent Messenger.  Defra has released a report on its last six years of flood protection work.  In the South East, £430m has been invested to improve protection for 80,600 homes.  The Middle Medway flood resilience scheme was a key project.  In total, the Environment Agency has installed property flood resilience measures to 286 homes across the Weald villages.  A beach management scheme covering Hythe to Folkestone has left 2,190 better protected.

KCC HAS BOUGHT A HUGE SOLAR FARM IN SOMERSET, reports the Kent Messenger.  The 94 acre site is said to have cost £14m and has been acquired on behalf of the council by LASER Energy, set up by KCC to act as its energy procurement arm.  KCC says the farm will massively reduce carbon emissions while saving energy costs.  It is expected to contribute to about 30% of KCC’s Net Zero carbon reduction target.

HARE COURSING ACROSS THE EAST OF ENGLAND HAS FALLEN BY NEARLY A THIRD, reports Kent Police.  The reduction is attributed to the success of the “borderless” scheme among police forces.  Seven forces teamed up in September: Kent, Beds, Cams, Herts, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.  Borders between the forces are removed when using certain tactics, which makes apprehending and prosecuting offenders easier.  In the region, hare coursing reports have fallen by about 37% in Kent, equating to 194 fewer incidents.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED NEW MEASURES TO CRACKDOWN ON FLY-TIPPING, reports Farming UK and the CLA, among others.  New council grants totalling £450k will be issued to help fund a range of projects, including the use of covert and overt CCTV cameras at hot spots.  Households will also no longer have to pay to get rid of DIY waste under the scheme.  Fly tipping is a crime which blights communities, poses a risk to public health and the environment, and costs up to £392m a year.  The Countryside Alliance and the CLA welcomed the measures.

FARMERS WHO OWN OR OPERATE ELECTRICITY GENERATION HAVE JUST FOUR WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY FOR FUNDING TO HELP UPDATE THE EQUIPMENT, reports Farming UK.  The funding can help generator owners become compliant with new regulations, which they must abide by to connect to the network.  Once the funding ends, farmers and landowners will still need to meet the new compliance requirements, but will have to pay for the updates themselves.  In 2019, around 40% of farmers were generating low-carbon energy, encompassing around 70% of UK solar power and 10% of the UK’s electricity needs.

THE LUMP SUM EXIT SCHEME HAS NOW OPENED FOR FARMERS WISHING TO LEAVE THE INDUSTRY, reports Farming UK.  Farmers in England can now apply to the scheme which will provide a payment so they can exit the sector in a managed way.  In return, they will be expected to either rent or sell their land or surrender their tenancy in order to create opportunities for new entrants.  The maximum that farmers can receive would be around £100k.

AGRICULTURAL LAND VALUES IN ENGLAND HAVE REACHED THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL IN SIXE YEARS, reports Farming UK.  The majority of farms are now selling at, or more than, their guide price.  According to the Strutt & Parker Farmland Database, the average value of arable land is currently at £9,500 per acre – £100 per acre up since the end of 2021.  The average value of pasture is now £7,500/acre, which is up 3% on 12 months ago.

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The Canterbury Farmers Club - Notice of General Meeting

Tuesday 26 April 2022

18.30 prompt arrival.

Please arrive at 18.30 prompt, so we can be seated and ready to eat in the cafe area from 18.45.  The meeting will commence in the events room upstairs at 20.00 sharp and coffee will be served there.

Further information from info@canterburyfarmersclub.co.uk

KENT COUNTY SHOW 8, 9, 10 July

!!!The Kent County Show is back!!!

9am to 5pm daily
The Kent Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

Tickets currently available online at www.kcas.org.uk

Children go free.  Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.