New Farming Rules for Water

From 2 April 2018, all farmers in England will need to follow a new set of farming rules for water which are being introduced in order to reduce water pollution and the damage it causes to our rivers and seas and also to our economy. Many farmers are already undertaking good practice in this area … Continued

Private land and managing the public

It is not uncommon for farmers to have rights of way crossing their land which are used by members of the public. This can often cause issues for farmers in two respects; irresponsible use of the land by the public and issues specific to rights of way. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has recently considered … Continued

Odour and manure spreading: a nuisance?

This time of year sees many farmers spreading organic manure on farmland and the air filled with the odour that is associated with it. The Code of Good Agricultural Practice regulates the act of manure spreading and requires farmers to take action to minimise odour when spreading organic manure.


How to comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards: funding or exemption?

What are the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)? The MEES are a set of legal requirements that landlords must comply with to improve the energy efficiency of privately rented properties across the UK. They apply to certain private rented properties that are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate, both domestic and non-domestic, with … Continued


Understanding the rules on hedgerows

For 20 years now, it has been an offence to remove most hedgerows in the countryside without prior approval from the local planning authority. The purpose of the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 is to protect “important” countryside hedgerows which no amount of replanting could replace. The Regulations apply to all hedges more than 20m in length, … Continued

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