5th August 2022

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Rural Rap

KENT NEWS

SWANLEY CORN FIELD FIRE
Residents in Swanley were temporarily evacuated (4 Aug) after a corn field fire.

WATER RESTRICTIONS MAP

The extent of the water restrictions revealed across the county, but will some areas of Kent escape the hosepipe ban.

NATIONAL NEWS

INDIA TRADE DEAL PESTICIDE FEARS
Could the India trade deal bring a spike in toxic pesticides in UK food – report warning.

PAINTED LIVESTOCK
Some farmers are resorting to painting livestock to deter thieves.

UK CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY & HYDROLOGY CROP TRIALS
Trials of biomass crops will support UK’s progress towards Net Zero.

HEATWAVE COSTS TO CROPS
UK Farmers count the cost as heatwave kills fruit and veg crops.

MORRISONS TO SELL CARBON NEUTRAL EGGS
Eggs go on sale this week which are being fed on a soya free insect diet.

RETURN TO SCHOOL GRANT IN HIGH DEMAND
There has been unprecedented demand for the RABI return to school grant which has been offered to help farming families cover the costs of uniforms and school equipment.

AND FINALLY…..WONKY FRUIT & VEG
A survey says nearly 90% of consumers would eat ‘wonky’ fruit and veg.

 

Biddenden Tractorfest Returns - 20th & 21st August 2022

To be held in the fields of Holden Farm, Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden TN27 8EZ
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A fun day out for all the family, this will be the 8th year that the event has been held, run entirely by volunteers and now with the support of registered charity, the Kent County Agricultural Society. While tractors remain the central attraction, with over 200 expected to exhibit over the weekend, there are plenty of stalls, vehicles, demonstrations, children’s entertainment, animals and arena displays to entertain both young and old!  Pair this with enticing food & drink, live music and so much more to see and do, and there is all that is needed for a fun, family day out in the Kent countryside.

Tickets on sale now at discounted advance rates at www.tractorfest.co.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.

COUNTY HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE

The Diocese of Canterbury invites you to join in support of Kent RABI an Kent FCN on Sunday 18th September 2022 at 17.30.

At Biddenden Vineyard, Gribble Bridge Lane, Biddenden, TN27 8DF, followed by a reception.
RSVP to Karen Adams kadams@diocant.org by 2 September.

If dry the service will be held in the vineyard so wear suitable clothing and shoes.

The National Fruit Show - Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 November 2022

Free to enter register online.

Kent County Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

Cider competition now open – nominate your favourites online plus details about how to enter, trade stand bookings, dinner tickets and news about the education programme.

https://nationalfruitshow.org.uk

 

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