The team at WebbPaton are busy registering farmers and collating information for this year’s BPS claims, so if you’re still not registered and/or you need help with your claim and greening calculations, please contact us as soon as possible on 01793 842055. The timeframe for submitting applications is narrow, so please get in touch sooner rather than later!
If you have an existing Environmental Stewardship agreement (ELS, OELS or HLS), you should receive a claim form from Natural England over the next few weeks. Every agreement holder is now required to submit an annual claim for payment by 15th May each year and you will not be paid if you fail to return the form. If you would like assistance with your claim form, please contact us on 01793 842055.
If your holding is located within a ‘priority catchment area’, you are now able to apply for funding through the Water Capital Grants.
Grants of up to £10,000 per farming business are available for the items such as:
• Livestock and machinery hard-core tracks
• Fencing (post-and-wire, sheep netting and permanent electric)
• Sprayer or applicator loading and washdown area and roofing
• Covers for slurry stores and lagoons
• Roofs for slurry and silage stores
• Outdoor concrete yard renewal
• Rainwater goods
The payment rates for each item have been set by Natural England. The closest priority catchment areas are the Rivers Lambourn and Kennet and The Cotswolds. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2015. To find out if your holding is within a priority catchment area, or for assistance with an application, please contact Becky Meredith or Libby Barron on 01793 842055.
Funding is now available for the following priority areas:
1. Woodland creation – funding to supply, plant, weed and protect young trees.
2. Woodland tree health (restoration) – restocking of trees following felling due to a tree health issue.
3. Woodland tree health and improvement) – felling diseased trees, scrub control and Rhododendron control.
4. Woodland management plans – support to prepare a new woodland management plan.
There is a range of capital items available under each priority area, as well as annual woodland creation maintenance payments. There will be additional capital items and options for existing woodland available when the new Countryside Stewardship scheme opens in July this year.
The deadline for applications is 30th April 2015 for woodland creation grants or 30th June 2015 for all other grants.
Please contact Cathy Hancock-Angell on 01793 842055 if you would like assistance with your Woodland Capital Grant application.
A 5 megawatt solar farm at South Marston on a farmland belonging to a client of WebbPaton has been completed. Altogether 34 acres of land will be coverered with solar panels providing electricity to Honda. George Paton of WebbPaton has advised this client throughout the project from conception to thtough to the build out stage. Sheep will graze the grass below the panels.
Wiltshire’s first solar farm at Lake Farm, Sutton Benger has been completed today. This is one of 4 locations in Wiltshire where WebbPaton’s clients have been successful in obtaining planning permission for a solar farm. Lake Farm when fully developed will have over 32 acres of solar panels producing 5 megawatts of electricity.
Over a 100 acres of solar panels in Wiltshire will be developed with solar panels by WebbPaton’s farming clients working jointly with AEE Renewables UK over the next few months producing 20 megawatts of electricty. These solar farm projects will Wiltshire biggest renewable energy producers. For more details on renewables speak to WebbPaton’s George Paton on 01793 842055