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Ponds and Payments event

Hosted at Abbey Farm, Wolvey on 2 August 2018

Rural Hub members learned where to site a farm pond, how to construct it, what to fill it with and how to manage it when they attended our “Ponds and Payments” event at Abbey Farm in Wolvey, by kind permission of Jon and Sally Slee.

The speakers for the event were David Lowe of Warwickshire County Council, Chris Farmer of the Environment Agency and Tracey Doherty of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

After the presentations in the barn the attendees went to visit the farm pond for on-site advice.

David Lowe also disseminated information on the bio-diversity offsetting funding available from Warwickshire County Council which will cover all construction costs and management of the pond for up to 30 years.

We would like to thank Jon and Sally Slee for hosting the event and Warwickshire County Council for funding the event.


Hub members hear about the Golden Rules of Planning

from Rural Planning Consultant David Collier

On 9 July over 35 Rural Hub members heard Rural Planning expert David Collier gives his ten golden rules and one platinum rule to follow when submitting a rural planning application.   David encouraged members present to consider the permitted development rights, especially Class Q – agricultural to residential, and Class R – agricultural to “flexible uses”.    And he reminded the meeting that changing the use of land or a building to agricultural use is excluded from the definition of development.  At the end of his presentation David gave his platinum rule – planning is focused on achieving ‘sustainable development’ and as such it is concerned with balancing conflicting priorities, not ticking boxes to produce a predetermined outcome.  It is therefore different from building regulations, which are technical and less subjective.

Following David’s presentation there was a lengthy question and answer session and members reported that they had found their parish councils helpful with planning applications.

Finally, the meeting heard from a volunteer from the Warwickshire branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England on the proposed building developments across the county.

Feedback showed that members present felt the session was another very worthwhile event.


Rebecca Sunang-Joret wins Forsyth Lapwing Trophy for 2018

for conservation of wildlife alongside commercial activity

Rebecca Sunang-Joret of Hodnell Manor, Ladbroke near Southam has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Forsyth Lapwing Trophy.

The Award, sponsored by Syngenta, recognises conservation of wildlife alongside commercial agricultural operations.  Rebecca will retain the Forsyth Lapwing Trophy for one year and was also presented with a Syngenta voucher.

Tom Maynard of Hattons Farms Ltd was the runner-up in the Award.

Rebecca was presented with her trophy and voucher by south Warwickshire farmer, Anthony Forsyth, at a Syngenta crop event at Chesterton Farm on 2 July.

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Henry Lucas,
Warwickshire Rural Hub Chairman

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Hub Chairman

Henry Lucas

Rural Hub Co-Ordinator

Jane Hampson

Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
James Walton

Hub Steering Group Members

Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Lewis, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbury, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, Environmental Farming
John Slee, Environmental Farming Group


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