May 2018 – Poor, Poorer, Poorest; Rich, Richer, Richest

Just what is productivity anyway?

I have a love hate relationship with the Spring, I think a lot of people do. It’s exciting, it’s vibrant, it’s full of promise and new life, growth and renewal. It’s also been a long time coming, frustrating, already hinting at missed opportunities, not to mention exceedingly busy! 

 Article by Anthony Weston Open PDF

April 2018 – Energy Efficiency Regulations

As many of you will have seen in the press, new regulations are coming into force on 1st April 2018 that will make it illegal to let a private rented property to a new tenant if the energy performance certifi cate (EPC) has a rating of F or G.

 Article by Victoria Mitchell Open PDF

March 2018 – Love Thy Neighbour

As you stand on the ridge of Garden field and look South West across the Medway valley towards the Ashdown Forest with the sun rising over your shoulder you could be forgiven for thinking that all was right in the world.

 Article by Mark Weaver Open PDF

February 2018 – Marsh Wars – A new hope

I noticed quite recently that an email I received from a member of staff at Natural England gave their job title in the signature at the bottom as a member of the Field Unit; a group so secret that most Natural England advisers I have asked since reading about it do not even know of their existence.

 Article by Alex Macdonald Open PDF

January 2018 – More grapes = more acres

Generating £20 billion in economic activity and £10.9 billion in sales, the UK’s wine market is the sixth largest in the world, the second largest trader by volume (behind Germany) and the second largest trader by value (behind the USA).  With UK sparkling wines sales up by 37% since 2012, there can be no surprise that the UK wine industry is bursting to increase its share of the market.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

January 2018 – What makes a good shoot?

What makes a good shoot is clearly very subjective but if you take soundings around the game cart, over lunch or over a pint you will invariably fi nd that there are some clear common denominators.  Interestingly – although obvious for some – the size of the bag isn’t anywhere near the top of the list, indeed in most cases it isn’t on the list at all.

 Article by Mark Weaver Open PDF

January 2018 – A winning formula?

Dear Father

You asked that I might refl ect on the passing year and also consider what lies ahead. I am relieved, of course, that you are confi dent we will all be spared!  Physically the farm performed well in 2017.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

December 2017 – Time for reflection

I recently heard an arable farmer state that he would never keep livestock on the basis that he enjoys the extended break that arable farming affords over the winter months giving him time to spend with his family, shooting and skiing (not necessarily in that order!).

 Article by Mark Weaver Open PDF

CLM Winter 2017 Update

New BPS Greening rules 2018. Streamlined agri-environment support for farmers. LEADER Funding. Changes to permitted development. New rules for water.

 Article by CLM Open PDF

November 2017 – What wildlife would you like on your farm?

When thinking about the farm business we often think about what market opportunities there are, what grant and subsidy opportunities there are, how we can control cost and how we can realise the value of the natural assets we have.

The reality of all this monetisation and budgeting is that a pretty common starting place, and indeed an important one, when talking with new clients is to ask them what their aims and objectives for their land are.

 Article by Anthony Weston Open PDF

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