28th May 2021


Rural Rap
SOUTH EAST LEP IS LAUNCHING A RANGE OF INITIATIVES TO HELP BOOST ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN THE SOUTH EAST, reports Produced in Kent.  Initiatives include business guidance and advice, business grants, support for the Visitor Economy, skill straining, assistance for those who are unemployed, events and free digital kit.  It is hoped that this will help to kickstart to the economic recovery.  It includes a £2.4m Covid-19 Business Support Fund and a £2m Skills Covid-19 Recovery Fund.
producedinkent.co.uk/news/south-east-lep-launches-4-4m-covid-19-recovery-fund-programmeSWALE COUNCIL HAS ISSUED £9,000 IN FLY-TIPPING PENALTY NOTICES IN THREE MONTHS, reports Kent Online.  However, not one fine was dished out in the area in the whole of 2019/20.  Since March, Swale has caught 29 people on just one camera dumping rubbish in Sheerness.  Each offender will receive a fine of £400, and a further three people received fines of £150 for littering.
kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/fly-tippers-fined-9k-247873/THE ENVIRONMENT BILL RETURNED TO PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY, reports the CLA and Farming UK.  The post-Brexit bill triggers the biggest shake-up in the UK’s environmental regulation for decades.  First announced in 2018, it seeks to put into law long-term binding targets for improving the environment and the natural world.  Measures include new ways to tackle waste crime, a legally-binding target on species abundance, and a crack down on water companies that discharge sewage into rivers.  The CLA said it was a “welcome relief” to see the “much delayed” bill return.

NEXT MONTH’S OPEN FARM SUNDAY WILL BE WEIGHTED TOWARDS SMALLER, COVID-FRIENDLY EVENTS, reports Farming UK.  Organisers LEAF are encouraging participating farmers to use a free ticketing system such as TryBooking or Eventbrite to record and manage visitor numbers.  While farmers will still have full autonomy to decide on the type of event they would like to offer, for how long and for many people, examples of activities for downsized events could include self-guided farm walks.  The main event will be on 27 June, but farmers can choose any Sunday in June to open their gates.

BRINGING FOOD AND FARMING LESSONS TO THE CLASSROOM CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON EDUCATION AND FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS, reports Farming UK.  A new report from the NFU demonstrates how farming can be used to deliver STEM lessons through real world examples.  The report follows a survey that highlights a substantial skills gap in STEM careers – including farming.  89% of responding teachers believe teaching farming at primary school is important.

CLARKSON’S FARM, A SERIES FOLLOWING JEREMY CLARKSON HAS HE ATTEMPTS TO RUN HIS OWN 1000-ACRE FARM, WILL HIT SCREENS ON 11 JUNE, reports Farming UK.  The eight-part series will observe the highs and lows of what the former Top Gear presenter hopes will be rural idyll, but could just as easily become a rustic nightmare.  It will be available on Amazon Prime from Friday 11.  A new trailer was launched this week.  A statement said that “this series follows an intense, backbreaking and frequently hilarious year in the life of Britain’s most unlikely farmer, as they contend with the worst farming weather in decades, disobedient animals, unresponsive crops and an unexpected pandemic.”


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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