Protect yourself and your commercial property

Protect yourself and your commercial property

We have recently been working on a large number of commercial lettings for our farming clients. With diversification on the rise, one of the biggest growth sectors is in renting out buildings or other space on the farm to non-farming businesses and individuals. Be it...
BPS appeal results in windfall for client

BPS appeal results in windfall for client

We recently won an appeal against the RPA which resulted in back payments being made to our client in the region of £25,000! This was a client new to us in 2018 and it was when going through their paperwork for the first time that the mistakes, dating back to 2005,...
Are your waste exemptions up to date?

Are your waste exemptions up to date?

Farmers are and other business which handle small quantities of low risk waste may need to re-register their waste exemptions as many will be running out of date this year. The Environment Agency introduced a new exemption system in 2013. The exemptions were valid for...
BPS – What happens after the deadline?

BPS – What happens after the deadline?

The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application deadline of 15th May might feel like a long time ago now, but just because the files have been put away, it doesn’t mean that BPS is over. The BPS scheme year runs from 1st January to 31st December, so whilst the application...
Valuations – a brief guide

Valuations – a brief guide

There is a big and often overlooked difference between the two main types of valuation, a market appraisal and a formal ‘Red Book’ valuation. It is important to know the difference, as the same property can be valued very differently for different purposes. Market...
Footpaths – not as fixed as you thought

Footpaths – not as fixed as you thought

Most footpaths have been in existence for many generations and usually pre-date the motor car to a time when access by foot was the dominant method of travelling around the countryside. Whilst the rights and legal basis of most footpaths are well established, it is...
Key Dates May – June 2019

Key Dates May – June 2019

May 1 May You must not carry out hedge or tree coppicing, or hedge laying from this date. Crop diversification period and Ecological Focus Area (EFA) period for nitrogen fixing crops begins (until 30 June). 15 May BPS 2019 application deadline to avoid late...
Basic Payment Scheme and the future of subsidies…

Basic Payment Scheme and the future of subsidies…

The 2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application window is now open, and those who are well prepared have already started working on this year’s application. Thankfully, the scheme is operating on the same basis with the scheme rules largely identical to 2018. The...
Equine Services

Equine Services

Whilst we are predominantly rural land and property consultants, we do get involved in a wide variety of different matters related to farms and rural businesses. Equine services are also in demand; from dealing with livery businesses and stud farms to racing stables...
Key Dates March – May 2019

Key Dates March – May 2019

Key Dates For Your Diary 2019 March 1 You must not cut or trim hedges or trees from this date, but you can carry out hedge and tree coppicing and hedge laying from 1 March until 30 April. 25 Lady Day – traditional quarter day for agricultural tenancies. 31 Deadline to...