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Mark Carlisle

Sheep farmer granted restraining order against vegan activist

Posted by Mark Carlisle on September 25th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

A sheep farmer in Devon has been granted a restraining order at Poole Magistrates' Court against a woman who describes herself as a "militant vegan". The woman harassed the farmer for eight months following his creation of a social media page to celebrate British agriculture. She was found guilty of...

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Emma Northover

Forced to Sell the Farm – Proprietary Estoppel

Posted by Emma Northover on September 23rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS .

The recent cases on Proprietary Estoppel have once again brought this unusual topic into the news.  In these recent cases, the Courts have upheld claims by children of farmers and awarded them significant interests in the farms. 

In the first case, the Court of Appeal upheld the Judge’s decision to award...

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Mark Carlisle

Site of Special Scientific Interest prosecution action taken by Natural England

Posted by Mark Carlisle on August 30th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Natural England have acted to prosecute a farmer for damage to a SSSI

The farmer had created a track, undertaken significant earthworks and felled and removed trees and vegetation. The actions damaged the woodland, mire and physiographic features of the SSSI. The farmer pleaded guilty to three charges under the Wildlife...

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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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