27th May 2022


Rural Rap

BARNSOLE VINEYARD IS BEING SOLD “LOCK STOCK AND BARREL” FOR £1.5M, reports the Kent Messenger.  The award-winning sparkling wine producer, based near Canterbury, is on the market after the current owners decided to retire.  It is one of the oldest vineyards in Kent, with planting starting in 1993.   It grows chardonnay, pinot noir and Bacchus, and is also trialling Wrotham Pinot, England’s only indigenous vine.  It grows, picks, presses and bottles on-site, and includes a recently upgraded purpose-built winery, allowing production of up to 80,000 bottles a year.  It attracts around 5,000 visitors a year for tastings and tours.

NEW GENE-EDITING LEGISLATION HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN PARLIAMENT, reports Farming UK and the Telegraph, among many others.  The Genetic Technology Bill, aims to relax existing rules around gene editing technology.  In a major departure from EU policy, the Bill will enable the UK to develop and market precision bred plants and animals.  Defra believes this will “drive economic growth and attract investment” into agri-food research and innovation in the UK.  The CLA welcomed the news, saying “the potential benefits are high and the risks are no different from conventional breeding.”
Gene-edited crops sped up to guarantee food supplies (telegraph.co.uk)
THE NEXT STAGE OF THE FARMING INVESTMENT FUND WILL OFFER GRANTS TO HELP ADD-VALUE TO PRODUCTS, reports Farming UK.  Launching in June, the next theme of the fund will be “Adding Value,” and it will be worth a total of £30m.  Grants will be offered of between £35k and £300k to farmers and growers for up to 40% of eligible project costs.  The aim of the grants is to support farmers to process, diversify and add-value to products after they’ve been harvested or reared.

A NEW £8.8M FUND HAS OPENED TO ENCOURAGE TREE SEED AND SAPLING SUPPLIERS TO SUPPORT DOMESTIC TREE PRODUCTION, reports Farming UK.  The new funding aims to help tree nurseries and suppliers invest in projects which improve, expand or automate their operations.  This will support efforts to build nursery capacity and grow long-term tree seed and sapling supply.  Successful projects will be awarded up to £175k in grant funding to cover up to 50% of costs.


Farming Fayre Sunday 5th June 2022 - Hosted by Canterbury Young Farmers Club

Tractor Display, Demonstrations, Food & Drink, Local Stalls & Crafts…and much much more!

Sunday 5th June
Broadlees Farm, Deal Road, Swingate CT15 5DL

For further questions, or if you would like to have a stand, contact farmingfayre@gmail.com

CRICKET BAT WILLOW FARM TOUR - Farming with Trees, by Kent Wildlife Trust & The Forestry Commission

Farming with trees can help diversify farm income and benefit nature.  Join us for a tour around the cricket bat willow plantation at the Olantigh Estate.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry – the payment rate it can offer for often marginal riverside land, and the huge benefits for water quality and wildlife it provides over its lifetime.

Wednesday 8 June
The Olantigh Estates, Olantigh Road, Wye


For further information, and to book a place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farming-with-trees-cricket-bat-willow-farm-tour-tickets-334369507197

Viti-Culture - Thursday 9 June 2022

THE event for the UK Wine Industry, at the home of Viti-Culture.

This is a FREE one day event that focuses on technical developers, innovators, suppliers and services involved in Wine Production.  Visitors can tour Plumpton College’s state of the art facilities, which bring together every aspect of research, teaching and production.

Thursday 9 June
Plumpton College, Ditchling, Lewes BN7 3AE


For further information, and to book a place, please visit: https://viti-culture.com/

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.

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