The Countryside Stewardship Scheme will be open for applications again in 2018 with the first focus being on the expanded Hedgerow and Boundaries Grant. The maximum spend for improvements to hedgerows, stone walls, etc on any one farm has been increased from £5,000 to £10,000 with applications to be submitted by 30th April.  If you are interested in this grant please email Becky Meredith on becky@webbpaton.co.uk before commencing the work.  Alternatively you can ring Becky (or speak to whoever is your normal contact at WebbPaton if you are an existing client) on 01793 842055.


WebbPaton are delighted to announce that Becky Meredith has recently passed the RICS exams and also exams for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) with flying colours and is now a Fellow of the Association. This professional qualification denotes an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of countryside & property matters.  Becky joins others in our team who have achieved this mark of excellence enabling us to provide well-informed advice to our clients.  Her specialisms include Basic Payment Scheme claims, Countryside Stewardship (including Hedgerow & Boundaries Grants), and rural property valuations.


WebbPaton have received instructions to sell Basic Payment Scheme entitlements which have been placed on our website.  The Rural Payments Agency will open the online transfer system in February, but meanwhile we are happy to discuss your requirements and take offers from potential buyers or to help you make an informed choice with your business decision-making.

Contact us by email or telephone – susan@webbpaton.co.uk or 01793 842055.


Mark Webb and George Paton are delighted to welcome George King to the professional team at WebbPaton.

George, 22, grew up on a livestock farm in Leicestershire and completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Land Management at The Royal Agricultural University in 2016.  Following graduation George pursued a career in Land Management at Carter Jonas for a year before joining WebbPaton in August 2017 as a Graduate Agricultural Valuer.  George will be working towards taking his CAAV exams and Royal Institute of Rural Surveyors exam in the autumn of 2018.

 In his spare time George enjoys skiing, shooting, playing tennis and partaking in Tough Mudder events.



The European Commission has published updated greening rules which will come into effect from 1 January 2018 and logically affects cropping for this autumn. The main changes to the 2018 greening rules are as follows:

  • A complete ban on the use of Plant Protection Products on Ecological Focus Area (EFA) Fallow Land, EFA Catch and Cover Crops, and EFA Nitrogen-fixing Crops is introduced.  The ban applies from the time of sowing the crop, even if this is before 1 January 2018, to harvesting.  The ban also applies to seed dressings.
  • EFA catch crops must be maintained for a minimum of 8 weeks starting on 20 August 2018 and must be retained until at least 14 October 2018.  The period for EFA cover crops remains at 1 October to 15 January of the following year.
  • As part of crop diversification, you can declare an area as ‘mixed crops’ that contains small areas of different crops grown next to each other.  Individually these would otherwise be too small to claim (these are areas less than 0.01ha) but can be claimed as one ‘mixed crop’ area.
  • The EFA option for hedges is extended in definition to include trees in a line.  The EFA value will remain the same – each metre of length equals 10 square metres of area for EFA (as long as if you claim this option you have management responsibility for both sides of the hedge and/or line of trees).
  • The EFA buffer strips option is extended in definition to include field margins as well as buffer strips.  In addition to buffer strips adjacent or parallel with a water course, you can also claim field margins towards your EFA.  The minimum width of 1 metre remains.  The EFA value of field margins will be the same as EFA buffer strips – every metre in length equals 9 square metres of area for EFA.

If you would like to discuss any of the changes to greening requirements further please do not hesitate to contact one of our team at WebbPaton.


Trading has started on Basic Payments for 2017.  WebbPaton buy and sell BPS entitlements.  For more information and latest prices call Susan Elmes on 01793 842055 or email susan@webbpaton.co.uk.


We also provide cross compliance and BP5 advice, so if you’re busy and need some help give us a call on the same number to explore how we can assist.

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