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Posted on 10:56am Wednesday 8th May 2013
British Solar Renewables has successfully secured planning permission for an 11MW solar farm in St. Allen, Truro. The land is part of an existing sheep and llama farm and, as well as providing the farmer landowner with a regular source of income to bolster his existing business, the solar farm will also provide enough clean energy to the local grid to power the equivalent of 3,125 average households.
Posted on 2:13pm Tuesday 19th March 2013
A new survey called ‘Renewable Energy: What do you need to know?’ has been launched to identify what information farmers and landowners need to help overcome the confusion surrounding investing in renewable energy.
Posted on 2:29pm Monday 14th January 2013
Are you a keen smallholder or are you interested in setting up a smallholding? A rare chance exists to purchase two individual properties set within 2.5 acres of land in Cornwall.
Posted on 11:39am Monday 15th October 2012
The Kennel Club has helped thousands of dog owners and potential dog owners across London and the south east over the past few months, thanks to a joint initiative with local authorities to foster responsible dog ownership. The Kennel Club wrote to all local authorities in the south east at the beginning of summer, encouraging them to hold special community days to educate the public in a fun and informal way about how to keep their dogs happy and healthy, and the benefits of being a responsible owner.
Posted on 11:34am Monday 15th October 2012
The NFU is urging landlords to keep rent increases at realistic levels following a challenging harvest which has seen yields down as much as 15 per cent. It comes after the NFU heard from many of its members describing how landlords were looking to increase their rents significantly following this autumn’s review. The NFU believes this could have a devastating impact on their businesses and could force them out of the industry.
Posted on 11:45am Friday 7th September 2012
Demand for commercial farmland continued to surge ahead as prices reached record levels for the fourth consecutive period, says the latest RICS Rural Land Market Survey, H2 2011. The average price per acre – which has now almost trebled since 2003 - increased to £6,628* during the first half of the year, as demand outstripped fresh supply.
Posted on 9:00am Sunday 5th August 2012
Wales is not necessarily a cheaper place to move to compared to some other parts of the British Isles but from a smallholding perspective it is probably the most cost effective if you consider its location and environment .
Posted on 8:00am Sunday 29th July 2012
Most people move to a smallholding because it is realising a dream to toil the soil, get away from the rat race and find a more peaceful way of living but in reality it is worth remembering that if or when this dream fades you still need to have the financial resources to move on.
Posted on 9:00am Wednesday 18th July 2012
RUMPS are being fussed over on the Cotentin peninsula. It is not the long silky eyelashes, but backsides and udders that draw the competitor’s eye, leading up to the Fete des Vaches Normandes this month in St M`ère Eglise, where cows are weighed up back to front, writes Penny Lewis.
Posted on 7:23am Tuesday 26th June 2012
Travelling to a show can be a challenge of unfamiliar roads and strange place names. This is especially the case for shows like the RWAS Spring Festival that are held in Wales, with its landscape of vowel deficient tongue twisters such as Pentre-llwyn-llwyd or Eglwyswrw, writes Helen Babbs.
Posted on 9:50am Thursday 28th July 2011
Jonathan Millar on change of use of buildings from commercial to residential
Posted on 3:40pm Thursday 21st July 2011
If you are considering ex-battery hens, why not attend 'Henfest 2011'. On Saturday 30th July Lorraine and Russell Barrett, in conjunction with 'Little Hen Rescue' will be holding a charity event in Roxwell, Essex, attempting ro rehome 1000 of these endearing creatures. Tonty Beavis comments that he gave homes to 4 last year and it has been fantastic watching the poor, emaciated, almost featherless birds turn into plump, happy and characterful pets. And as an added bonus As well as the chickens, several other charities will be there including 'Greyhound Homer' and 'Bird Line', a parrot rehoming charity. There will also be a beekeeping hive on display as well as a tombola and various stalls.You can treat the kids to a donkey ride, admire the alpacas and sheep and treat yourself to coffee and cake and make an afternoon of it.
Posted on 3:40pm Saturday 2nd July 2011
If you are considering ex-battery hens, why not attend 'Henfest 2011'. On Saturday 30th July Lorraine and Russell Barrett, in conjunction with 'Little Hen Rescue' will be holding a charity event in Roxwell, Essex, attempting ro rehome 1000 of these endearing creatures.
Posted on 1:50pm Monday 14th March 2011
James Strawbridge, eco-campaigner, TV presenter and author 1. Energy efficient windows Heating bills can cost a fortune and fuel prices are only going to increase. One very effective way to reduce your bills and make your house worth more is to replace your old windows with more efficient rated windows.
Posted on 7:20pm Friday 11th February 2011
Ellen Muirhead says you can do something to protect your property Take a walk around your land and buildings. Think like a thief who doesn’t care how much damage he causes to your property or livestock, while he steals anything he can sell. He won’t worry about letting your animals out onto a road
Posted on 9:40am Monday 27th December 2010
The British Horse Society has today instructed Counsel to advise on the efficacy of the Valuation Office Agency’s recent practice of rating private manèges.
Posted on 2:50pm Sunday 5th December 2010
Stroud District Council has won the 2010 Green Energy Award for being the south west’s Most Proactive Local Authority, at the South West Green Energy Awards. The award – which is designed to recognise the crucial role local authorities can play in supporting sustainable energy – was presented to the council at a ceremony, held at the Bath Assembly Rooms.
Posted on 8:30am Thursday 5th August 2010
France is still a great place for gardeners and smallholders, says Jeremy Hobson
Posted on 12:30pm Wednesday 4th August 2010
The latest RICS Rural land Market Survey shows prices for farmland remain high, driven by increased demand for commercial farmland and a continued lack of supply.
Posted on 1:30pm Monday 22nd February 2010
Farmers and smallholders from across the South West are expected to descend on the Royal Cornwall Showground next week for a specially organised business seminar on farm diversification and how to plan for future success.
Posted on 8:30am Saturday 13th February 2010
Farmers and growers may face a new levy on any new buildings on their holdings under a change in planning regulations. The move has been described as “tax on food production” by the NFU, the CLA, TFA and CAAV who have been jointly lobbying for an exemption from the new levy for agricultural buildings.
Posted on 1:00pm Saturday 30th January 2010
‘Developers must be aware of registered common land and public paths on their land before they finalise their plans—or they will have to face big hold-ups.’ So says the Open Spaces Society, national campaigner for open spaces and paths, in response to the Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills). The aim of the review is ‘to explore whether the process for obtaining non-planning consents is delaying or discouraging businesses from investing’.
Posted on 6:39pm Wednesday 16th December 2009
Fenland is a term applied loosely to a large area of Eastern England from the South of the Wolds in Lincolnshire, to parts of Norfolk and across into North Cambridgeshire. Fenland, the area covered by Fenland District Council is more tightly defined, covering Chatteris (25 miles or so from Cambridge) in the South, Wisbech, the ‘Capital of the Fens’ and undergoing a huge regeneration programme focusing on the Marina area in the North and Whittlesey (five or so miles from Peterborough) in the West. Although still very rural, with wide open space and a sky so large that it stretches down to meet the land, it is within really easy commuting distance from Peterborough and Norwich (A47), Birmingham (A14) and London (M11, A1 and even A10 – though close by Huntingdon Station – Kings Cross 50 minutes might be easier!) So why is it so cheap?
Posted on 5:20pm Wednesday 5th August 2009
In the East Midlands alone, rural estates support more than 18,000 jobs across a range of businesses, the study found.
Posted on 12:30pm Wednesday 29th July 2009
Petersham Nurseries Triumphs at Last The future of Petersham Nurseries was saved on Thursday 23rd July when Richmond Council's Planning Committee voted unanimously in approval of its application to continue to operate as a garden centre with restaurant.
Posted on 5:50pm Monday 20th July 2009
Changes to planning guidance that will improve access to affordable homes, create a sustainable rural economy and introduce one planet communities were announced by Environment, Sustainability and Housing Minister Jane Davidson today (15 July).
Posted on 9:53am Monday 20th July 2009
The Open Spaces Society,the top pressure-group for common land, has called on the Department for Transport to recommend to local authorities that they introduce a 40-mile-per-hour speed limit on all roads crossing unfenced common land in England.
Posted on 12:20pm Thursday 2nd July 2009
A proposed amendment to the Government’s Finance Bill has clarified the situation regarding VAT and rent reviews following intensive industry lobbying involving the NFU.