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Mark Carlisle

PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY – COVID 19

Posted by Mark Carlisle on May 5th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY – COVID 19

There has been a significant level of discussion on social media and other media

outlets on the use of public rights of way during the current Covid-19 restrictions.

Governments and their agencies have updated their guidance and in the specific

case of Wales, new laws published on...

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Brian Maxwell

NFU calls for UK agriculture standards to be protected in post-Brexit trade deals

Posted by Brian Maxwell on March 2nd 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 25 February 2020, NFU President Minette Batters in the opening speech to the NFU's annual conference in Birmingham, challenged the government to use British farm standards as the benchmark for any food imports in future trade deals. Batters stated, "This isn't just about chlorinated chicken. This is about a...

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Mark Carlisle

Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations published

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

The government published the Countryside Stewardship (England) Regulations (SI 2020/41) on 22 January 2020. The Regulations allow the Countryside Stewardship grant scheme to open for applications in February 2020.

The scheme will provide funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements through activities such as:

  • Conserving and...

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Mark Carlisle

Government provides update on Ash Archive initiative

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 17 January 2020, the government provided an update on its Ash Archive initiative. The initiative, which was aimed at maintaining and restoring ash in the British landscape following the Ash dieback disease outbreak, has successfully planted 3,000 trees in Hampshire. The initiative will continue to monitor the tolerance to...

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Mark Carlisle

Government scheme funds village halls in England

Posted by Mark Carlisle on January 24th 2020 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 20 January 2020, the government has funded £1.2 million to village halls in England for these communities to make refurbishments. The fund recognises the importance of village halls and the scheme will allow village halls to continue to effectively play a role in rural communities.

Village hall committees can apply...

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Richard Glanville

Environment Agency deadline to upgrade or replace existing septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England

Posted by Richard Glanville on October 28th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY , MOVING HOUSE .

Septic tanks that discharge to surface waters in England should be upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020.

The Environment Agency (EA) state that options for upgrading or replacing include:

  • Connection to mains sewer (where available).
  • Installation of a drainage field to discharge to ground instead.
  • Replacing the septic tank with a small sewage...

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