Farming in Protected Landscapes – Wye Valley AONB

The team at the Wye Valley AONB would like to share information about the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which is now open for applications.

Applications can be from farmers and landowner on land in, adjacent to or directly benefitting the landscape of the AONB.  A map of the AONB can be found HERE

The 4 main programme themes are Climate, Nature, People and Place

More detail including application guidance notes can be found at HERE

A short video introduction to the programme can also be seen HERE

If you would like to discuss project ideas or make an application, please contact Nick Critchley, Wye Valley AONB Development Officer, at or on 07904 017982.

Are you worried about the future of your farm?

Do you need help with the upcoming agricultural policy changes?

Herefordshire Rural Hub is here to help you …

Herefordshire Rural Hub is delighted to be the delivery partner for two of Defra’s new Farm Resilience programmes. 

Defra is providing up to £9 million funding to organisations who will, in turn, support up to 9,000 farmers and land managers.

Resilience support will help individual farmers and land managers to learn more about

  • The impact of reductions to direct payments on their business
  • How their business models might need to adapt
  • Business planning
  • Performance recording
  • Succession planning

The support will be offered free of charge to farmers and land managers by organisations known and trusted in the farming community.
It will be delivered in the form of workshops supported by experts and through direct, one-to-one advice.

Any tenant or owner-occupied farm currently in receipt of BPS in England is eligible to join. 

The programme was launched on 18 August 2021 and will run until 28 February 2022. 

If you would like to know more and require help with choosing the right programme for you, please contact Sarah Starkey on or call 07974 438517

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Programme

Need help with the upcoming agricultural policy changes? 

Sign up for the “Farm for the Future” programme today!

We are delivering “Farm for the Future” programme, with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, to help you to better understand how the Agricultural Transition Plan will affect the future of your business.

The programme will provide business support to help you manage the upcoming changes and make informed decisions about the future of your farm. It will also explore opportunities with the ELM schemes that could financially and practically benefit your farm business.

The programme consists of two workshops and one-to-one support.

To find out more, visit:    

Ricardo’s Programme

Are you worried about the future of your farm? 

  • One-to-one farm resilience reviews.  A specialist business adviser from Andersons will support you in identifying the potential risks and opportunities for your business.
  • Resilience planning webinars.  These webinars will provide background to the Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP).
  • An online skills training portal.  Subjects will include budgeting, utilising environmental features, planning for family changes, and getting accounts and paperwork in order.

Places are limited, so registration is essential. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who registers for the one-to-one elements of the programme will be offered a place.

How you can get involved in Ricardo’s programme

To register your interest, please visit

If you require help with the registration or have any questions, please contact Ricardo’s Future Farming Resilience Fund project team: 01235 753530 or email





Changes to “Right-to-work” checks for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, from 1st July

From 1 July, the process for completing right-to-work checks on EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens will change. The following is some guidance for employers:

You will no longer be able to accept EU passports or ID cards as valid proof of right-to-work, with the exception of Irish citizens. To carry out an online right to work check, you will need the applicant’s date of birth and their share code, which they will have obtained online. You can then complete the check online by visiting GOV.UK.

You do not need to retrospectively check the status of any EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens you employed before 1 July 2021.

You should carry out a right-to-work check for every individual you employ. You can face a civil penalty of up to £20,000 for each illegally employed worker who does not have the right to work in the UK and where correct checks were not undertaken.

A collection of guidance and communication materials for employers can be found on GOV.UK.

Defra – “Farming in Protected Landscapes” funding – open for applications from July

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes is a programme of funding for one-off projects. It will support farmers and land managers to carry out projects that:

  • support nature recovery
  • mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses

Who is eligible

It’s open to all farmers and land managers within an Area Of Natural Beauty or National Parks in England, or the Norfolk Broads. It could also support activity on other land, where a project will benefit a protected landscape or its body’s objectives or partnership initiatives.


The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme will be open for applications from July 2021. From 24 June, you find out more about Farming in Protected Landscapes on GOV.UK. 

Are you a CLA or NFU member who farms in the River Wye catchment?

Are you a CLA or NFU member who farms in the River Wye catchment in Herefordshire?  

Are you affected by the planning moratorium? 

Can you help us demonstrate how landowners & farmers are working to improve water quality in the River Wye?

Can you spare 10 minutes to complete the NFU/CLA quick questionnaire?

The Rivers Wye and Lugg SAC (Special Area of Conservation) have to meet statutory water quality targets.  The River Lugg currently fails its targets, and the River Wye is at risk of failing. The agriculture sector has therefore been asked to reduce its phosphate contribution to the river or potentially face additional regulation.

Many farmers and landowners in the area have embraced initiatives such as Farm Herefordshire and have tried new techniques to reduce phosphate loss e.g. cover cropping.  The NFU and CLA would like to understand more about how you farm and what you have done to manage phosphate and diffuse pollution risk. If we can’t demonstrate the agricultural sector’s commitment to improving water quality, then there is a risk of greater regulatory controls through designation as a Water Protection Zone.

The results of this survey, developed in partnership between the NFU and CLA, will help us to represent your businesses at Wye Nutrient Management Board and demonstrate the commitment to playing our part in improving water quality in the River Wye.

You can find the questionnaire HERE

If you would like to discuss the issues further, share your views or become more involved with the helping to deliver the nutrient management plan then contact:

Sarah Faulkner, NFU West Midlands,    07817 726 190

Helen Dale, CLA Midlands,      07811 199 657 


English Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) open for applications

With £15.9 million available in its first year, this new flagship grant scheme supports the creation of a range of woodland types and sizes, while providing greater financial incentives for landowners and farmers to plant and manage trees.

EWCO provides greater flexibility and recognition of the benefits woodland can provide for people and wildlife by offering additional incentives to ensure the right tree is planted in the right place for the right reason.

The grant will cover standard capital costs for tree planting (up to a per hectare cap of £8,500) and annual maintenance payments of £200 per hectare for 10 years, as well as rewarding farmers and landowners for providing public and wider environmental benefits.

Full details and guidance at

Additional Contributions (which can be combined) will be available for:

  • nature and species recovery – between £1,100/ha and £2,800/ha available where woodland creation will help woodland-dependent priority species to recover..
  • tree planting near watercourses and rivers (riparian buffers) – £1,600/ha available where the creation of native broadleaved woodland along water courses will improve river habitats.
  • reduced flood risk – £500/ha available where woodland creation can help reduce the risk of flooding.
  • improved public access – £2,200/ha available where woodland creation will provide long-term permissive access for the public to enjoy.
  • close to settlements – £500/ha available where woodland creation will provide social and environmental benefits by being close to people.
  • improved water quality – £400/ha available for woodlands that clean our water by reducing pollutants through land use change by intercepting pollution and sediment before it reaches watercourses.


Lump-sum exit scheme and delinked payments consultation launched by DEFRA

Defra have published the lump sum exit scheme and delinked payments consultation, which will run for 12 weeks and will close on 11th August 2021.

The consultation invites you to submit your views on:

  • the proposed lump sum exit scheme
  • our proposed approach to delinked payments

The consultation follows the publication of the Agricultural Transition Plan in November last year. In the plan, Defra announced the intention to offer lump sum exit payments to farmers in England in 2022, and to replace the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) with delinked payments in 2024.

The lump-sum exit scheme.

  • In 2022, Defra plans to offer farmers in England who wish to exit the industry the option of taking a lump sum payment in place of any further Direct Payments. We believe this will help those who wish to retire or leave the industry to do so in a planned way.
  • The lump sum exit scheme will make more space for the next generation of farmers, as well as providing opportunities for existing farmers who wish to expand to improve their profitability. It will sit alongside extra support to help new entrants into the industry.
  • The consultation seeks views on who should be eligible for the lump sum exit scheme and how the payments should be calculated.

Delinked payments.

  • Defra plan to ‘delink’ Direct Payments from the land for all farmers in 2024. This means that recipients will no longer have to farm the land to receive the payments. Delinked payments will replace the current BPS for all farmers in England.
  • As recipients will no longer need to meet the current BPS rules, this will simplify the payments as we phase them out over the remainder of the agricultural transition.
  • Those who continue farming will still have to comply with legal standards that protect the environment, animal and plant health, and animal welfare.
  • The consultation seeks views on the reference period to be used to determine eligibility for, and calculate the value of, delinked payments.

AHDB Spring Planting and Variety Survey 2021

What is the Planting and Variety Survey?
The AHDB Planting and Variety Survey provides the earliest view of Great Britain planted area for the upcoming harvest.
The Planting Survey will provide an estimate of the area of cereals and oilseed rape intended for harvest in 2021 in Great Britain. The Variety Survey aims to assess the varietal composition of the wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape crops in Great Britain.

Why is it important for me and the industry?
By publishing the results, AHDB aims to accurately quantify the harvested area of the UK, which can assist in the marketing decisions made by all levy payers.
This information can be used to shape our domestic market and trade. It can also detail regional differences of cropping across GB.
Knowing more about the domestic market is one key part of forming marketing strategies in a post-subsidy world, and have impartial accurate information and data is the key for the greater industry.
What do I need to do next?
Simply provide the area harvested in 2020 and your intended harvest area for 2021, together with the variety, for each crop listed. This can be easily and simply completed via our online portal.
The results of the Planting Survey will be available online at in July, and more detailed analysis will be available in the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds market pages.