Useful Links for Information

Useful ContactsFarming CharitiesUseful Information LinksInitiatives & PartnershipsGrants & FundingAwards and Competitions to apply for
Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA):
Tel: 03000 200 301 and choose the relevant options for APHA
Animal Health & Trading Standards (Herefordshire):
Tim Barber
Tel: 01432 383145
Fax: 01432 383169
British Cattle Movements Service (BCMS):


Tel: 0345 050 1234

Catchment Sensitive Farming: Wye and Teme Catchments

River Wye
Email    Please mention “River Wye” in the subject heading

River Teme
Email    Please mention “River Teme” in the subject heading

Country Land & Business Association:
Helen Dale
Tel: 01785 337010

Environment Agency:
Sharon Chisholm (Tues, Weds, Thurs)
Tel: 02030 251692
Farming Advice Service:
Tel: 03000 200 301
Health & Safety Executive:
Herefordshire Brand:
Herefordshire Business Board:
Tel: 01432 261758
Herefordshire Community Foundation:
Tel: 01432 272550
Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs:
Tel: 01432 274 187
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:
Tel: 01432 356872
Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators:
Tel: 01604 770372
Livestock Information Service
Malvern Hills AONB
Malvern Hills Conservators
Marches Growth Hub:
Tel: 0345 6000 727
Marches Local Enterprise Partnership:
Tel: 01743 462 026
National Farmers Union: (Herefordshire)
Ali Parker
Tel:  01952 400500

Natural England:
Tel: 0300 060 3900
Pasture Fed Livestock:
Red Tractor - Farm & Food Assurance:
Rural Payments Agency:
Main switchboard 03000 200 301
Severn Trent Water:
Tenant Farmers Association:
Tel: 0118 930 6130
West Mercia Police:
Wye & Usk Foundation
Tel: 07766 330 959
Kate Speke-Adams
Wye Valley AONB:
Tel: 01600 713977
Email General Enquires:
Do you need support or do you know someone who may benefit from support:-

Addington Fund:
Tel: 01926 620 135
Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy helpline:
Tel: 07958 591 646
Farming Community Network:
Tel: 03000 111 999
Farming Help:
Tel: 0845 367 9990
OK Rehab:
  Local Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation and addiction treatment.
Website:      Herefordshire  
Tel: 0808 2819490
You Are Not Alone (YANA):
Tel: 0300 323 0400
We are Farming Minds:
Tel: 07506 567500
24-hour helpline:  0808 802 0070
Animal Transport Authorisations
For information click HERE
Countryside Stewardship

Overview of scheme – Funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements.

Cross Compliance Guidance England 2022
Cross Compliance Guidance Wales 2022
Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations: Apply to make changes to rural land
How to request an EIA screening decision and if necessary, apply for consent to cultivate previously uncultivated land or semi-natural areas, or restructure land features.
Farming Rules for Water

Rules for farmers and land managers to prevent water pollution –  What you must do to manage manure, fertiliser and soil to prevent runoff, erosion and leaching.

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Good Finance Website for Social Enterprises

A website to help charity trustees and social enterprise operators understand and access social investment has been launched by Big Society Capital, Access and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Good Finance website provides a range of online resources, guidance and case studies. The website also provides an online directory of social investors and advisers that can support organisations when applying for social investment.

For further information, go to:

Government Data (replacing What's In Your Back Yard)

Find data published by government departments and agencies including flooding maps, river quality, source protection zones, and NVZ designation.   Website:


Hedgelink is the partnership that brings everyone interested in hedgerows together, to share knowledge and ideas, to encourage and inspire, and to work with farmers and other land managers to conserve and enhance our hedgerow heritage.


Inspections on Farms
Information about who will inspect your farm, what they’re looking for and any penalties you may get.
Intensive Farming environmental guidance
For the guidance click HERE
National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage Rates
National Sprayer Testing Scheme


Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs)

NVZ rules and guidance:-

Click here to find out if your land is in an NVZ

Nutrient Management Guide (RB209)
Sustainable Farming Incentive

Find out more about DEFRA’s plans for piloting and launching the scheme HERE

Voluntary Initiative

Relevant advice and guidance from a programme developed to minimise the environmental impacts from pesticides.


Waste Exemptions - Register online
Waste Management (agricultural waste) - Duty of Care

Click here to download leaflet for the “Duty of Care” for the management of agricultural waste.

Workplace Pensions / Auto Enrolment
Details about your start date can be found by visiting
Further information is available from the Government Website:
Herefordshire Rural Hub works in partnership with a large number of organisations on initiatives that provide support to the farming and rural businesses in the County.

Farming 2020 Project

Achieving the 2020 Vision for Herefordshire’s Family Farms

The Herefordshire Rural Hub launched this project in April, with support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, to provide a unique package of business support for farming families in Herefordshire.

We have been seeking family farming businesses to take part in this 3-year project with the aim of helping them to achieve long term viability in these challenging times.  A bespoke plan will be put together for each farm, to include free mentoring and business support

The feedback from those who have signed up has been that the scheme provides an excellent opportunity for families to all sit down together and discuss the future, a necessary starting point to aid planning in these uncertain times.

If you would like further information about the project please contact the Project Facilitator, Sarah Starkey.

Email:   or Telephone: 07974 438 517

Update in October 2017 – the project is progressing well, and we are very pleased to say that we now have our full quota of family farming businesses taking part in this project.

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Farm Herefordshire
Farm Herefordshire is a group of organisations that actively support farming in Herefordshire through the promotion of good practice, training and advice.

Herefordshire faces challenges in meeting the phosphate targets of the River Wye’s Special Area of Conservation. All industries, including agriculture, will be expected to reduce their phosphate contribution proportionally.

The Farm Herefordshire initiative will actively support farmers in addressing these challenges by promoting good practice, facilitating innovative approaches and ensuring that the county’s farmers and growers have access to practical and user-friendly advice.

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Faster Farmers
Fastershire is delivering faster broadband to Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and providing the opportunity for businesses to take advantage of faster speeds. The Faster Farmers initiative is providing farming businesses with networking opportunities, workshops and training to enable an increase in digital confidence, internet usage and online activity.


Green Futures
The ‘Green Futures’ delivery programme was developed in 2005 by a group drawn from organisations and agencies who were committed to helping the farming community adjust to the massive changes facing their industry. As the Green Futures Team, these organisations (CLA, Campaign for the Farmed Environment, Catchment Sensitive Farming, Environment Agency, Farming Advice Service, Natural England, NFU, and the Rural Hubs have formed a solid working partnership collaborating together with the pooling of expertise and resources and producing an effective and successful delivery programme. The aim is to ensure that all farmers in Herefordshire have the opportunity to get up to date to the changes in the rules, regulation, legislation and compliance. 
Herefordshire Sustainable Food & Tourism Partnership
This is a voluntary coalition formed in 2014 of key individuals, organisations and networks committed to providing strategic oversight for the development and delivery of sustainable food and tourism strategies. Partnership members include the Duchy of Cornwall, National Farmers Union, Visit Herefordshire, Herefordshire Rural Hub, the Rural and Farming Network, Herefordshire Council and the Bulmer Foundation. Administrative support is provided by Herefordshire Rural Hub, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Bulmer Foundation.
Herefordshire Meadows
What does the future hold for Herefordshire’s Meadows?

Do you enjoy the buzz of a summer meadow, sharing ideas and skills with other meadow owners?

Would you like to find out more about scrub management, weed control, conservation grazing, green hay strewing, restoring and creating meadows, arable reversion to grassland, and much more?

Are you interested in sharing skills, machinery and livestock to improve meadows across the County?

Do you want to increase your chances of getting into the Countryside Stewardship scheme ?

Would you like to improve your wildflower, pollinator and other wildlife ID skills ?

If you would like to know more about the group please contact:  Caroline Hanks

Tel: 01981 251016 / 07779 080940



Countryside Stewardship
Overview of scheme – Funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements.

Farming Investment Fund

Information about funding for farmers, foresters, growers and contractors about grants for investing in new technology.

Henry Plumb Awards
Prince’s Countryside Fund / HFYFC Training Grants

The Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (HFYFC) working in partnership with Herefordshire Rural Hub have been successful in securing a second round of funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund. This will provide support for training in a rurally based career over the next 3 years, to the end of December 2019. The funding is easy to access. All you need to do is select which course you would like to go on and complete the application form. You will be notified within 1 month if you have been successful or not. If your application is approved you will be able to reclaim 70% of your training and test costs, up to a maximum of £250.
Applicants must be a member of HFYFC (aged 10yrs – 26yrs) or a past HFYFC member (27 – 40 yrs).

Training will not be funded retrospectively, so please apply in good time before your training is due.

The fund will support training that will; improve your employability, increase or improve your skill set, improve your safety or allow you to undertake extra responsibility in your current job.

For further details and an application form please contact:

Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC, Agriculture House, Beech Business Park, Tillington Road, Hereford, HR4 9QJ

Tel: 01432 268 428


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Jack Hughes Fund

From September 1st 2019 the Jack Hughes Fund has been extended to include staff aged over 40 years working on a Herefordshire farm.  This is limited to one employee per farming business per annum.  The amount of funding available remains up to a maximum of £70% of the course but has been increased to an overall maximum of £200.

In 2015 the Herefordshire Community Foundation took on the management of funds that were originally raised by the Herefordshire Proficiency Test Committee (HPTC).  This is being used to support a County-wide training fund that is named after the late Jack Hughes, who was the founder of Herefordshire PTC,  and did so much work in ensuring that training skills were accessible and available to the farming community in Herefordshire and in particular for young farmers.

The current programme is available for farmers and farm staff aged over 40 years and will specifically provide funds to support training as below:

  • retraining or upskilling as they are leaving the industry
  • training to support a new farm diversification enterprise
  • training or business support for succession planning

Funding will also be available for farm related training courses (examples as below) but other courses will be considered on application:

  • Safe use of pesticides – PA1, PA2, PA6
  • Rodent control on farms
  • Emergency first aid
  • Food safety (Basic Food Hygiene)
  • Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting (CS30)

The Jack Hughes Fund will fund up to a maximum of 70% of the cost of training or costs up to a maximum of £200.  Funding will be limited to one family member/employee per annum.

The funding is easy to access but please note that the project will not support training retrospectively and places will be limited. Applicants need to be resident in Herefordshire.

  1. Select which course you would like to go on and book onto it.
  2. Contact Herefordshire Community Foundation for application form.
  3. Complete the form and return to the address below.
  4. Applications will be reviewed within 4 weeks from the date of the receipt of the application.
  5. You will receive notification of whether your application has been successful within the four weeks from the date of the receipt of the application. If your funding has been approved you will be able to reclaim part of your costs limited to a £200 per person or up to 70% of the cost of the training.
  6. To receive your money you will have to submit your course/training certificate and copy of invoice for training after your training.
  7. Once this is signed off you will receive a BACS payment reimbursing you.

For further details and an application form please contact:

Herefordshire Community Foundation, The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street, Hereford HR4 9HP.

Tel: 01432 272550



Nuffield Scholarships

Closing date for applications 31st July 2022

Nuffield Farming Scholarships offer life changing Scholarships that unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons through study and travel overseas, with a view to developing farming and agricultural industries. 2020 has brought the year of the 1000th Nuffield Scholar.

“Nuffield Farming Scholarships are an amazing opportunity that can benefit careers, industry and business, as well as advancing personal development. They are recognised worldwide, and in many countries there is a network of scholars who will be pleased to assist you.”

Over the years we have had some fantastic Scholars from Herefordshire who have brought back many brilliant ideas which have been shared both within Herefordshire and nationally.

There is no need for formal qualifications in order to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship; instead, the Trust looks to unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons. Scholars are selected with a view to developing tomorrow’s leaders within their individual business and the industry as a whole.

Nuffield Farming member countries span the globe, with established programs in Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Associate countries also include Brazil, USA, South Africa, and the Southern Caucausus (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan)

To apply you need to be between 22 and 45 years of age.

To find out more information please visit the website or contact our Alumni Officer Charlotte Merson –  email:

Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary in memory of Joe Henson MBE

The Joe Henson Bursary sees grants of up to £3,000 donated to two students of the three counties of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, studying Agriculture or related subjects.

More information HERE

Download an application form HERE

Awards and Competitions to apply for:

British Farm Awards 2022