Mark Webb, George Paton and all of the team at WebbPaton would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The office will be closing on Friday 20th December and re-opening on Thursday 2nd January, when we will pick up any messages, emails etc.


Following on from our 20th Anniversary Ridgeway Challenge in September, we are delighted to announce that we raised the grand total of £14,278.44.  Last week Tessa Watson from Macmillan Cancer Support and Mark Thomas from The Farming Community Network came into the office to meet the team and to collect the donations. The walk was certainly a challenge but also an amazing experience, we would like to thank all of you for your valuable support and both charities are extremely grateful for the donations. It’s not too late if you haven’t contributed though, please follow the link to our Virgin Money Giving page.



The 2019 BPS payment rate is £232.88 per hectare / £94.24 per acre. The Financial Discipline Mechanism reduction rate is applied to BPS 2019 payments over €2,000 at 1.432635%. If one of the team at WebbPaton completed your 2019 BPS claim please let us know when you get paid, and how much, so we can double check you have been paid correctly!


WebbPaton will again be holding our popular Farm Business Updates in January.

Doors will open for registration from 6.30pm, with the seminar commencing at 7.30pm.  A complimentary hot supper will be served following the seminar at 9.00pm.

  Tuesday 21st January 2020 at Wellington Barn, Calne

  Thursday 23rd January 2020 at The Wiltshire Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett

•  Monday 27th January 2020 at Chippenham Golf Club, Chippenham

•  Wednesday 29th January 2020 at Wrag Barn Golf & Country Club, Highworth

•  Thursday 30th January 2020 at Wrag Barn Golf & Country Club, Highworth

Invitations will be going out shortly, to reserve a place in the meantime please email post@webbpaton.co.uk or phone 01793 842055.


Do you have a Countryside Stewardship agreement in place that started on 1st January 2018 and included capital works? If so you must complete those capital works by 31st December 2019 and submit a claim to Natural England to recover the grant funding by 31st March 2020 at the latest.

Please get in contact with one of our team on 01793 842055 if you would like help submitting your capital claims.


Farm XS is one of the UK’s farm plastic collectors announcing a joint initiative being the creation of the UK Farm Plastic Responsibility Scheme which will start on 1st January 2020. The aims of the scheme, which will cover both packaging and non-packaging plastics, are to:

  • Provide audited totals of the quantity of farm plastic collected and recycled.

  • Further increase the volume and quality of plastic recycled.

  • Educate farmers to reduce contamination within their waste plastic.

  • Provide the supply chain with corporate responsibility re plastics they put into the market.

  • Assist with exploiting new technology for the reprocessing of farm plastic.

  • Lobby government and other bodies as required for support to increase plastic recycling facilities within the UK.

The Scheme, which will be open to all UK farm plastic collectors, will operate on a not for profit basis and will be funded by the collectors.  There will be no additional cost to farmers and no levy on new plastic products. UKFPRS collector members will be identifiable by their use of the UKFPRS logo.

For further information please contact Catherine Elmes or Mark Webb at Farm XS on 01793 842062.


Grants of up to 40% under the RDPE Growth Programme are now open for new applications. You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy. There are three types of grants covering business development, food processing or rural tourism infrastructure. The minimum grant is £20,000 and the maximum grant is approximately £175,000. Please get in contact with us if you would like more details on 01793 842055.


In an attempt to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the government has launched a new £50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee Scheme which is due to open in 2020.

Successful applicants will be able to sell the carbon dioxide (CO2) captured by newly planted trees in the form of Woodland Carbon Units to the government for a guaranteed minimum value every five or ten years until 2055-2056.

The scheme will operate as a reverse auction whereby it is up to the applicant to calculate the money required in order for their tree planting project to be financially viable and submit a bid.  If successful, the government will purchase your Woodland Carbon Units (in tonnes of CO2) for a guaranteed price every 5 or 10 years.  A series of auctions will take place every six months for up to five years, beginning in 2020.

The scheme is aimed at larger scale projects and is subject to a minimum 10 hectare planting area.  In order to apply for the scheme, woodland creation projects will need to be registered with and managed under the Woodland Carbon Code, which will help to calculate amount of carbon that will be “locked up” as a result of the tree planting and validates the carbon savings to be purchased.

For more information please contact one of our team on 01793 842055.


The RPA have announced the 2019 BPS Entitlement and Greening values:

Entitlement Values

Region 2019 2018 2017
Non-SDA €182.70 €181.39 €180.46
Upland SDA, other than moorland €181.34 €180.00 €178.90
Upland SDA moorland €49.76 €49.09 €49.63

Greening Rates

Region 2019 2018 2017
Non-SDA €78.69 €78.13 €77.69
Upland SDA, other than moorland €78.11 €77.53 €76.92
Upland SDA moorland €21.43 €21.14 €21.32

The Euro exchange rate that will be used to calculate all payments is €1 = £0.89092.

You can call us on 01793 842055 or email post@webbpaton.co.uk to find out more.


WebbPaton would like to say a huge congratulations to George King who has just passed his Assessment of Professional Competence today and is now a well-deserved member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Offers are now being received for Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme. If you have received an offer email/letter you must respond to the RPA by a given date confirming your acceptance or rejection of the application. Please also be sure to check the date when all items applied for must be purchased. This information is detailed two paragraphs after the table of items.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact WebbPaton on 01793 842055.


Round 2 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme closed to applications on 3rd September earlier this year.  Since this time the RPA has been checking claims and now awaits a decision from DEFRA regarding the level of funding available for the applications received.  At present the RPA is not in a position to confirm when agreement offers will start to be issued to successful applicants.

Please be reminded that items included in an application should not be ordered or purchased before receiving confirmation from the RPA that your CPSG has been approved.  Once approved, all items included as part of an application must be purchased in order for the grant to be reclaimed.  If your application is unsuccessful we are aware that there will be a CPSG Round 3.

If you have any questions regarding a current application or would like to know more about the CPSG scheme please contact WebbPaton on 01793 842055.


It is that time of year again when mud and soil can very easily end up on public roads. Make sure you stay within the law and are aware of your liabilities to avoid being prosecuted under the Highways Act 1980 and/ or the Road Traffic Act 1988. If the Highways Authority have to clean the road on your behalf they will look to recover the costs from you. To make sure you stay within the law here are some helpful tips:

  • Do everything possible to prevent mud being deposited on the road. This includes cleaning mud from vehicles as far as practicable before they are taken onto the road. The fact that cleaning mud off tractors and attachments is commercially inconvenient may not be a defence in law.
  • Only use signs that are authorised. The recommended signs are: The ‘Slippery Road’ triangle with ‘Mud on Road’ sub plate and, if appropriate, the ‘Men at Work’ sign should be used. Signs must be at least 750mm.
  • Make sure signs are positioned to give maximum visibility and warning to other road users.
  • Clean the road as necessary during the working day and always at the end of the working day.
  • Where a contractor is used, ensure that prior agreement is reached on who is responsible for mud on road issues (signage, cleaning etc) and ensure that adequate public liability insurance is in place.

If you have any queries on this please contact one of the WebbPaton team on 01793 842055.


Most of us are now aware of the ability to use Class Q permitted development rights to change the use of an agricultural building to a residential dwelling, without the need to apply for full planning permission. What is less obvious is the subtle difference between Class Qa and Class Qb applications.

Class Qa allows for planning permission to be obtained for change of use to residential only, as opposed to Class Qb which is the change of use together with reasonably necessary building operations. Class Qa may save applicants time and money by checking whether the proposal is acceptable in principle, before applying for a full application. This difference has not been made clear by local authorities and may result between a planning application being successful or refused.

The WebbPaton team are on hand to help with any Class Q applications and a wider range of planning matters in general. To talk to one of the team please ring 01793 842055 or email post@webbpaton.co.uk


The State Opening of Parliament took place on Monday, with the Queen’s Speech setting out the government’s agenda for the next session of Parliament.

It was announced that The Agriculture Bill will be reintroduced, whilst an Environment Bill will look to “enshrine principles in law” and set legally binding “improvement targets” to reduce plastics, cut air pollution, restore biodiversity and improve water quality.

WebbPaton will track progress on the above and provide further updates when more is known.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss plans to future proof your farming business please ring and speak to one of the team on 01793 842055.


1st October

Ecological Focus Area (EFA) cover crops should have been established by this date and retained until at least 15th January in the following year.

This also marks the start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content to cultivated land on soils which are not shallow or sandy, within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ).  This includes slurry, poultry manures and sewage sludge.  See SMR1 of the 2019 Guide to Cross Compliance for further information.

14th October

EFA catch crops must be retained until at least this date.

15th October

This marks the start of the closed period for applying organic manure with a high, readily available nitrogen content to grassland on soils that are not shallow or sandy, within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ).

Please contact us on 01793 842055 if you would like further information regarding the greening rules or NVZs.


On Monday 30th September, six members of the WebbPaton team completed the 87 mile walk along the Ridgeway Trail. They set off on Friday morning and finished late on Monday afternoon, walking approximately 22 miles each day. It was an amazing achievement, not without its struggles – soggy feet, aches and pains, blisters, and missing toenails to name but a few!

Thank you to everyone who joined them along the way and gave them a much needed boost, it was very much appreciated.

If you haven’t already done so, please help us in our effort to raise £20,000 for the Farming Community Network and Macmillan Cancer Support. You can donate on our Virgin Money Giving page, transfer money directly into our fundraising bank account or send us a cheque.

Our Virgin Money Giving page is at:


Our fundraising bank account details are:

Account name: WebbPaton 20th Anniversary Charity Account

Account number: 73024040

Account Sort code: 20-84-58

Please send cheques to: WebbPaton 20th Anniversary, The Dairy, Hook, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8EF


The exchange rate for 2019 BPS payments has been confirmed as 1 Euro = £0.89092, being the average exchange rate set throughout September.  This is very similar to last year’s exchange rate where 1 Euro = £0.89281.  Please see Gov.uk for further information.



Farm XS are looking for a full time Assistant Administrator supporting Catherine Elmes who runs the operation on a day to day basis. The role is based at our rural office at Hook near Royal Wootton Bassett.

This is a new role and would suit someone looking to gain experience who has good computer skills (literacy and numeracy), IT/database knowledge, a friendly telephone manner and good eye for detail. Ideally with a rural background or interest in country pursuits and activities.

For a more detailed job description, or to apply, send your CV to Tracey@webbpaton.co.uk


We are pleased to welcome back Helen Wiltshire to our professional team as a full time Rural Surveyor, having recently left Harper Adams University with a first class honours degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Many of you may already recognise her as she has done many stints of work experience with us over the last few years. Helen will be working towards becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers over the next couple of years.

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