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  • The benefits of bringing unmanaged woodland into use

    Woodland is an important contributor to the rural economy. James Pyrah discusses the opportunities for landowners to open up fresh income streams by utilising unmanaged woodland

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  • Farmers and landowners to play a crucial role in delivering Clean Air Strategy

    The government wants to tackle agricultural pollutants such as ammonia by requiring farmers to invest in infrastructure and equipment to cut emissions. John Robson discusses the issues

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  • ‘BEE’ on your toes - What could the ban on neonics mean for you?

    The EU’s blanket ban on neonicotinoids in all open fields has major implications for UK farmers. Julie Liddle evaluates what is undoubtedly a difficult situation

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  • New water pollution rules will help farmers, says Defra

    The government’s latest water quality regulations are designed to help farmers reap the rewards of greater efficiency. James Pyrah takes a look...

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  • Farmers will benefit from extended permitted development rights

    The government gave rural businesses and communities a welcome tonic when it announced an extension to permitted development rights in March this year.

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  • What should I do about fly-tipping on my farmland?

    For landowners, fly-tipping is more than just a blot on the landscape – it is also a costly and frustrating problem. Julie Liddle assesses what is being done and offers some tips to prevent fly-tipping.

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  • Understanding rights of way and restrictive covenants

    Acquiring land and property often raises the complex questions relating to rights of way and restrictive covenants. Julie Liddle casts some light on the issues.

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  • Could results based payment benefit farmers and the environment?

    Rewarding farmers for environmental work is the subject of an interesting pilot project. James Pyrah assesses its merits.

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  • Is Brexit uncertainty putting Countryside Stewardship under threat?

    The agri-environment sector is concerned that it may be disadvantaged when the present Countryside Stewardship system is replaced by a better, post-Brexit scheme. Julie Liddle explores the issues.

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  • Changes to farming grant schemes explained

    Applications are now open for the Countryside Stewardship mid-tier and hedgerow and boundary scheme. James Pyrah sheds some light on potential benefits for farmers.

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  • What are the proposed changes to farm funding post-Brexit?

    Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, Michael Gove, has spelled out how farming subsidies will be handled after Brexit – although crucial questions remain. Julie Liddle examines the salient issues.

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  • A guide to ‘permitted development rights’ on the farm

    Permitted development rights allow you to carry out specific types of work without making a full planning application – but this does not mean you can do whatever you choose. Julie Liddle explains.

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