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Brian Maxwell

Defra publishes information about two Countryside Stewardship Grants

Posted by Brian Maxwell on August 9th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published information about two Countryside Stewardship grants.

The facilitation fund grant application window opened on 5 August.

The facilitation fund grants money to help a group of farmers or land managers work together to improve the natural environment at a landscape scale...

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Mark Carlisle

Environment Secretary highlights important role of farmers in stewardship of environment

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 9th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Secretary of State at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Teresa Villiers, attended Countryfile Live on 1 August and gave her first speech since taking office.

Teresa Villiers noted that the rural economy generates nearly £250 billion a year for the UK's overall GDP and she applauded...

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Mark Carlisle

Who is liable to the users of a public right of way?

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 5th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

If the right of way in question is adpoted highway, then the highway authority will be responsible for its maintenance and will be liable to its users.  The landowner merely retains his interest in the subsoil from which no liability should arise.

If however the right of way is not adopted, no...

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Mark Carlisle

Luxury Hamper Competition Winner is Tom Palmer

Posted by Mark Carlisle on July 11th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

A huge well done to Tom Palmer from Colyford who was the winner of our competition at the recent Axe Vale Show. Tom is now the proud owner of a luxury hamper created by Rachael and Geoffrey Tattershall of Colyford Post Office.   I am a staunch supporter of local businesses and am delighted...

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Mark Carlisle

Government to pay farmers in stewardship agreements by the end of July

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 21st 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 19th June 2019, the government has confirmed that farmers and land managers in Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements will receive full payment for the amount they were owed, by the end of July.

A significant number of ES and CS customers have not yet received payment for...

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Mark Carlisle

Government publishes guidance on stopping harmful weeds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 3rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 20 May 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on stopping, disposing and reporting spreading harmful weeds on land that are used for grazing livestock or growing crops.

The guidance involves preventing ragwort (an injurious weed) by referring to the Code of Practice on...

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