28th January 2022


Rural Rap

INCIDENTS OF FLY-TIPPING HAVE INCREASED IN EVERY PART OF KENT, reports the Kent Messenger.  A farmer near Gravesend has spoken of the financial and emotional burden of rubbish being illegally dumped on agricultural land, saying that fly-tipping is a daily occurrence amongst his local farming network and, not only is the problem become more frequent, but the scale is increasing too.  Tonbridge and Malling saw a 75% increase in fly-tipping incidents in 2020-21, while Medway was the worst hit overall, with 5,998 separate incidents.

KENT POLICE JOINED FORCES WITH SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL IN A TARGETTED OPERATION TO COMBAT FLY-TIPPING, reports Kent Police.  The Rural Task Force joined up with the Council, the Environment Agency and the Met Police on 20th January.  Throughout the day, numerous vehicles were stopped and skip hire site visits were carried out.  One man was identified as being connected to ten fly-tipping offences on private farmland in 2021 and arrangements were made for him to be interviewed.  The EA issued documentation to five drivers for various offences including failing to have a Waste Carriers Licence.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET OUT PROPOSALS TO CRACKDOWN ON WASTE CRIMINALS, reports the CLA and Farming UK.  Proposals set out in two new consultations will clamp down on waste crime and support people and businesses to manage waste correctly.  The reform will see increased background checks for firms who move or trade waste, as well as making it easier for regulators across the UK to take action against rogue operators.  Mandatory digital waste tracking will be introduced, meaning that those handling waste will record information from the point of production to the stage at which it is disposed of, recycled and reused.

THE CHANCELLOR HAS BEEN URGED TO ROW BACK ON A THREAT WHICH PUTS PLOUGHING MATCHES AT RISK, reports Farming UK.  The government has pledge to abolish the red diesel exemption for most sectors as it “funds pollution.”  The move is part of wider measures to ensure the UK reaches its net zero ambitions by 2050.  While agriculture is exempt from the ban, tractors used at matches and runs must run on white diesel instead of red diesel as the government does not regard them as “agricultural use.”  Organisers are now fearing for the continued existence of the events.

RABI RACEDAY & LUNCH - Monday 28th February 2022

RABI request the pleasure of your company at the race day and lunch, kindly sponsored by Betty Chantler. 

Gates open at 11.20am, with lunch served at 12.15pm in the track side marquee. 

Tickets £70 each (tables of 8, 10 or 12) to include entrance, welcome glass of English sparkling wine, lunch, afternoon tea, car parking and race card

NB This year’s bookings are being taken directly by the racecourse.  To book, visit plumptonracecourse.co.uk and select “Buy Tickets.”  From the fistures section, select Monday 28 February – RABI Raceday.  Scroll down to the “Add a Voucher Code” and enter RABI2022.  This will bring up the option to purchase tickets for £70.  Any questions should be directed to Molly Taylor or Rebecca Warnett at Plumpton on 01273 890 383 or at racing@plumptonracecourse.co.uk

AONB KENT DOWNS : Grants for farmers, land managers and landowners

Applications are now open for the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme (link)

The three year scheme aims to fund outcomes for People, Place, Climate and Nature in the Kent Downs.  It is possible to apply for more than one year.  Applications can range from £250k, to no miminum.  Funding can be up to 100%, but value for money is part of the assessment criteria.

Applicants will be supported to carry out projects that:

  • Provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and cultural heritage
  • Support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses
  • Mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • Support nature recovery


RABI, Addington Fund, FCN, Forage Aid and RSABI, supported by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, have launched the Farming Help initiative.  The initiative is also being launched with the NFYFC, the NFU and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust. 
FARMING HELP recognises that this will be an anxious time for many farmers and farming families and periods of poor health or self-isolation may result in temporary practical difficulties on farm.  For help drafting a contingency plan, for practical local help with livestock, shopping etc, or to discuss your concerns and anxieties,

Contact 03000 111 999 or visit www.farminghelp.co.uk

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