If you are interested in applying to enter the Mid Tier of the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme, you will need to order an application pack and act fast, as the deadline for applications is 30th September 2015 for a start date of 1st January 2016.
[The next available start date is not until 1st January 2017, if you miss this deadline.]
You are only eligible to enter the Scheme if there is not an existing Stewardship agreement over the land, or the current agreement expires before 1st January 2016.
The WebbPaton Team has attended various training events so that we have the inside knowledge and expertise to get you through the application process and ensure you have the best possible chance of securing an agreement. The Mid Tier application process is highly competitive and in order to improve your chance of success, WebbPaton have been reviewing all of the local ‘Statement of Priorities’ documents and will guide you through improving your application score. Please contact us if you would like help with your Mid Tier application.
Natural England are writing to farmers to ask for clarification of the location of 2015/16 overwintered stubbles, as their Annual Claim Forms asked for the 2014/15 location only. Agreement holders are being asked to confirm the 2015/16 location by 1st September 2015, so that Natural England are able to process payments.
Natural England have indicated that they may be flexible if notifications are received after 1st September, but WebbPaton are recommending that farmers reply as soon as possible to prevent delayed payments.
Fancy the challenge of Hackpen Hill? You will have an opportunity to run or walk completely off-road on a hilly, mixed trail across Weir Farm (Broad Hinton), in an area of outstanding natural beauty. With uninterrupted views of the Ridgeway and Barbury Castle this is a special charity run in memory of Gill Hussey of Weir Farm. Goody bag and refreshments for every finisher. Children with an adult and dogs on leads are welcome to walk. Entry fee: £10.00 per adult.
For more information about the event, check the Facebook Page ‘Hackpen Hill 10K Trail’ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All profits will go to the local hospital’s Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal. To sign up, go to: http://www.entrycentral.com/event/103973