1st July 2022

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Rural Rap

BISON COME TO KENT WOODLAND

The wait is almost over Wildwood Trust is to introduce new Bison herd to Canterbury woodland which arrives in two weeks. https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/wilderblean

ONE MILLION TREES TO BE PLANTED
Lower Thames Crossing A million trees to be planted as part of scheme National Highways plan to create two parks and a community woodland as part of the Lower Thames Crossing linking Kent and Essex.

VISIT TO KENT SITES
Locate in Kent to host visit to NIAB EMR, Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne and University of Greenwich labs at Medway A host of fresh fruit and wine producers from Europe will be in the county in a bid to showcase the facilities.

NFU PRESIDENT VISIT
Kent County Show – Minette Batters will be at the Kent County Show on 8th July.

NATIONAL

SUPPLIER V SUPERMARKET
Who will win the battle between Tesco and Heinz? This disagreement over payments could set a precedent for how other suppliers approach negotiations over the coming months.

HABITAT PROTECTION TO END?
UK Government to scrap European law protecting special habitats. George Eustice is reported to have told MPs the Habitats Directive was in a list of laws he would like to amend in the forthcoming Brexit freedoms Bill designed to cut red tape.

PROTEIN FUND
Defra earmarks £12.5m to develop home-grown protein fund to improve the efficieny of farm-based protein production in the UK to reduce dependence on imports.

ANCIENT LANDSCAPES

Study suggests existence of up to 2.1m ancient and veteran trees in England. Researchers find there could be many more ancient trees than previously recorded amid calls for better protections.

RISING COSTS FOR RURAL MOTORISTS
Rural residents will pay £800 more per year to keep driving research by the CLA.
EARLIEST EVER BARLEY HARVEST
Earliest harvest ever for UK farmers Suffolk farmers started their earliest barley harvest ever on 29 June.

MORE SUPPORT FOR PIGS NEEDED

Anger as Defra rejects calls to provide more support to pig sector. The National Pig Association says it has tried every way possible over last 18 months to persuade DEFRA to provide support to producers.

CAGE CONSULTATION
Government confirms consultation into ending cages in farming. The move would end cages for laying hens and crates for farrowing sows.
AND FINALLY…..DOG ICE CREAM?  Kent Producer Simply Ice Cream has launched a range of dog ice cream to help keep pooches cool this summer.

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.

FARM WALK & EMSDEN TROPHY PRESENTATION 2022 - Hosted by CLA South East & sponsored by BTF Partnership

Thursday 14 July 2022

Farm walk, trophy presentation and networking.

Laurence J Betts Ltd, Church Farm, ME19 5NZ

Free to attend and for more information or to book call the CLA South East office on 01264 313434 or email southeast@cla.org.uk

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match - Saturday 17th September 2022

Gates open 9am to 5pm
New Barn Farm, New Barn Road, Hawkenbury, Kent, TN12 0ED

Come and enjoy ploughing, farmer’s market, trade stands, main arena displays, gymkhana, dog agility, clay shoot and much more.

Open to trade bookings now.

Tickets £7.50 in advance or on gate and under 12’s free. www.wkpma.co.uk

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

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