TOKA WINNERS 2023
Kent’s fruit grower of the year and farmer of the year announced at the Taste of Kent Awards 2023.
LOWER THAMES CROSSING – SIX MONTH REVIEW BEGINS
A six-month inquiry into one of the UK’s largest planned road projects is due to begin.
The Lower Thames Crossing project would link Essex and Kent, with work starting in 2026.
INTEREST RATES – BANK OF ENGLAND GOVERNOR ADMITS RISE PAINFUL FOR MANY
The Bank raised rates to 5% from 4.5%, the highest level in 15 years. Most analysts had expected a smaller rise.
Kent gets hort innovation boost
A new partnership has been announced between Growing Kent & Medway and Canterbury Christ Church University to connect horticultural and food and drink businesses with agri-technology specialists.
Expanded Sustainable Farming Incentive offer to roll out from August
The Sustainable Farming Incentive’s (SFI) expanded offer will start accepting applications in a controlled rollout from August, the government has confirmed.
Nearly £480m invested in English vineyards in past five years
Nearly £480 million has been invested in vineyards and wineries over the past five years as interest in English wine continues to grow.
Sweet start to UK cherry season
Driscoll’s UK cherry growers have confirmed that, despite a very British start to the year with plenty of rain and cold, the recent rise in temperature means that their cherries will be bursting with even more flavour than previous years, just in time for harvesting season.
Government announces abolishment of DIY waste charges at tips
Welcome news from Defra this week as they announced that householders no longer need to pay to get rid of DIY waste. Defra are abolishing the fees which some local authorities charge for disposing of DIY waste at household waste recycling centres (HWRCs). This will support householders to dispose of their waste in a responsible manner and encourage recycling.
Census data released on second home ownership
Census data from 2021 has been released, and the Office for National Statistics has published analysis revealing the hotspots where second addresses are used as holiday homes across England and Wales. Perhaps unsurprisingly many of the areas identified as having a high proportion of second homes are in rural areas.
Act now to avoid animal welfare crisis in the countryside, BASC warns Defra
BASC has warned Defra that shooting businesses are facing financial ruin, criminal charges, or both unless it urgently reinstates a licence for the release of gamebirds in protected areas of England.
Cancer warning for farmers
A third of UK adults don’t use sunscreen despite most burning at least once per year, new survey data shows, with farmers particularly vulnerable to skin cancer.
Venue: Holt Store, Yew Tree Farm, Stanford North TN25 6DH
What3words location: mailing.play.waking
Parking: At the back of the venue
Contact on the day: Amanda Corp 07393 460903
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, water, pastries and biscuits will be available.
Farm Transport: NFU
Safe Stacking: Chris Gage, CA Training Ltd
Workshop Safety: NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Overhead Powerline Safety: UKPN
This meeting will be held at Macknade Food Hall, Selling Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XF
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