Useful Links for Information

Useful ContactsFarming CharitiesUseful Information LinksInitiatives & PartnershipsGrants & FundingAwards and Competitions to apply for
Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board:
Beef & Lamb  –  Clive Brown    Email: clive.brown@ahdb..org.uk
Cereals  –  Richard Meredith    Email: richard.meredith@ahdb.org.uk
Potatoes  –  Anne Stone    Email: anne.stone@ahdb.org.uk
Dairy  –  Thom Washbourne    Email: thom.washbourne@ahdb.org.uk
Animal Health & Trading Standards (Herefordshire):
Tim Barber
Tel: 01432 383145
Fax: 01432 383169
British Cattle Movements Service (BCMS):

Website: www.bcms.gov.uk

Tel: 0345 050 1234

Brightspace Foundation (Bulmer Foundation):
Tel: 01432 378409
Email: info@brightspacefoundation.org.uk
Website: www.brightspacefoundation.org.uk

 

Catchment Sensitive Farming: Wye and Teme Catchments

River Wye
Rachel Bosanquet  Tel: 07770 331 669
Sue Buckingham  Tel: 07833 095 708
Amy Crossley  Tel: 07880 102 224
Kate Gamez Tel: 07747 485136

River Teme
Sally Powell  Tel: 07770 645 037

Country Land & Business Association:
Helen Dale
Tel: 01785 337010
Email: helen.dale@cla.org.uk

Environment Agency:
Sharon Chisholm (Tues, Weds, Thurs)
Tel: 02030 251692
Email: sharon.chisholm@environment-agency.gov.uk
Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency
Farming Advice Service:
Tel: 03000 200 301
Email: advice@farmingadviceservice.org.uk
Website: www.gov.uk/government/groups/farming-advice-service
Fastershire:
Fresh Start:
Tel: 07598 707121
Email: info@freshstartlandenterprise.org.uk
Website: www.freshstartlandenterprise.org.uk
Health & Safety Executive:
Herefordshire Brand:
Herefordshire Business Board:
Tel: 01432 261758
Email: info@herefordshirebusinessboard.co.uk
Website: www.herefordshirebusinessboard.co.uk
Herefordshire Community Foundation:
Tel: 01432 272550
Email: info@herefordshirefoundation.org
Website: www.herefordshirefoundation.org
Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs:
Tel: 01432 274 187
Email: countyadmin@hfyfc.org.uk
Website: www.hfyfc.org.uk
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:
Tel: 01432 356872
Email: enquiries@herefordshirewt.co.uk
Website: www.herefordshirewt.org
Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators:
Tel: 01604 770372
Email: IAgSA@IAgSA.co.uk
Website: www.iagsa.co.uk
Malvern Hills AONB
Malvern Hills Conservators
Marches Growth Hub:
Tel: 0345 6000 727
Email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk
Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk
Marches Local Enterprise Partnership:
Tel: 01743 462 026
Email: enquiries@marcheslep.org.uk
Website: www.marcheslep.org.uk
National Farmers Union: (Herefordshire)
Clare Greener
Tel: 01432 807464 or 07771 626080
Email: Clare.Greener@nfu.org.uk

Natural England:
Tel: 0300 060 1115
Email: enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk
Website:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england
Neighbourhood Watch (Herefordshire):

NHW Websites: westmercianw.org.uk & www.ourwatch.org.uk

Email: herefordshire@westmercianw.org.uk

West Mercia Social Media sites.  No Facebook account needed to view.
Facebook Pages:                                                                                Twitter:
https://www.facebook.com/RossOnWyeNW/                  @RossOnWyeNW
https://www.facebook.com/LedburyNW/                          @LedburyNW
https://www.facebook.com/NWHerefordshire/              @HerefordshireNW
https://www.facebook.com/HerefordCityNW/                 @HerefordCityNW

Pasture Fed Livestock:
Red Tractor - Farm & Food Assurance:
Rural Payments Agency:
Main switchboard 03000 200 301
Email: ruralpayments@defra.gov.uk
Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/rural-payments-agency
Severn Trent Water:
Susie Bamber
Tel: 07921676664
Email: Susan.bamber@severntrent.co.uk
Website: www.stwater.co.uk/category/1560
Tenant Farmers Association:
Tel: 0118 930 6130
Email: tfa@tfa.org.uk
Website: www.tfa.org.uk
West Mercia Police:
Women In Rural Enterprise (WiRE):

Head office – Tel: 01952 815338
Email: info@wireuk.org
Website: www.wireuk.org/events

Duchy WiRE Herefordshire
Network leader: Ali Sherlock
Duchy Herefordshire WiRE Website:  http://www.wireuk.org/networks/herefordshire-wire-network/

Ledbury WiRE Group
Network leaders:
Mary Seldon & Janey Cotton
Ledbury WiRE Website:
http://www.wireuk.org/networks/ledbury-wire-network/

Wye & Usk Foundation
Tel: 07766 330 959
Kate Adams
Email: Kate@wyeuskfoundation.org
Website: www.wyeuskfoundation.org
Wye Valley AONB:
Tel: 01600 713977
Email General Enquires: office@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
Website: www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
Do you need support or do you know someone who may benefit from support:-

Addington Fund:
Tel: 01926 620 135
Website: www.addingtonfund.org.uk
Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy helpline:
Tel: 07958 591 646
Website: www.borderchaplain.org
Farming Community Network:
Tel: 03000 111 999
Website: www.fcn.org.uk
Farming Help:
Tel: 0845 367 9990
Website: www.farminghelp.org.uk
RABI:
Tel: 0808 2819490
Website: www.rabi.org.uk
You Are Not Alone (YANA):
Tel: 0300 323 0400
Website: www.yanahelp.org/
Animal Transport Authorisations
For information click HERE
Basic Payment Scheme 2019
Countryside Stewardship

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-get-paid-for-environmental-land-management

Mid Tier manual

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/countryside-stewardship-mid-tier-including-water-quality-capital-items-manual

Countryside Stewardship: details of new simplified offer

  • Online Arable Offer 
  • Lowland Grazing Offer
  • Upland Offer
  • Mixed Farming Offer


For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wildlife-offers-countryside-stewardship

Countryside Stewardship – Hedgerows & Boundaries grants

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hedgerows-and-boundaries-grant-countryside-stewardship

Countryside Stewardship – Woodland Support

www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-woodland-support

Cross Compliance Guidance England 2019

Click HERE

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.
www.gov.uk/guidance/eia-agriculture-regulations-apply-to-make-changes-to-rural-land
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.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rules-for-farmers-and-land-managers-to-prevent-water-pollution

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:

www.goodfinance.org.uk

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:  www.data.gov.uk

Hedgelink

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.

Website: www.hedgelink.org.uk 

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

Website:  www.nsts.org.uk

Checklist for when to test your sprayer:  sprayertestinga5web

Neighbourhood Watch (Herefordshire):

NHW Websites: westmercianw.org.uk & www.ourwatch.org.uk

West Mercia Social Media sites.  No Facebook account needed to view.
Facebook Pages:                                                                                Twitter:
https://www.facebook.com/RossOnWyeNW/                  @RossOnWyeNW
https://www.facebook.com/LedburyNW/                          @LedburyNW
https://www.facebook.com/NWHerefordshire/              @HerefordshireNW
https://www.facebook.com/HerefordCityNW/                 @HerefordCityNW

Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) 2017-2020

NVZ rules and guidance:-  www.gov.uk/guidance/nutrient-management-nitrate-vulnerable-zones

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

Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) updated 2017
Voluntary Initiative

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

Website:  www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk

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.

Welsh Government Cross Compliance 2019 - Up to date Rules & Guidance
What's In Your Backyard

Decommissioning of WIYB has been postponed.  For full details of where to access the data from WIYBY please refer to the specific pages HERE

Workplace Pensions / Auto Enrolment
Details about your start date can be found by visiting www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/employers/staging-date.aspx
Further information is available from the Government Website: www.gov.uk/workplace-pensions-employers
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:  farming2020@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk   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.

www.wyecatchment.org/farm-herefordshire

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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.

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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

Email: caroline.hanks@farming4wildlife.co.uk

Website:  www.herefordshiremeadows.org.uk

Basic Payment Scheme 2019
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bps-2019
Countryside Productivity Small Grant scheme - round 2

This RDPE scheme provides funding for farmers to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm.  This scheme is only open to farmers based in England.

Farmers can apply for funding towards specific items of equipment listed at Annex 3 of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Round 2 handbook.

All the items have been identified following consultation with industry groups and suppliers as helping achieve improvements in either:

  • technical efficiency
  • animal health and welfare
  • resource efficiency, or
  • nutrient management

Who can apply

Farmers in England (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) can apply for this grant.

Full details and guidance at

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme

Application deadline midday on 3rd September 2019.

Please remember to check your details on the Rural Payments service before you apply for this grant. You must make sure they exactly match with the details in your application form, or your application will be rejected.

Countryside Stewardship
Overview of scheme – Funding for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and land managers to make environmental improvements.
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-get-paid-for-environmental-land-management

Mid Tier manual
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/countryside-stewardship-mid-tier-including-water-quality-capital-items-manual

Countryside Stewardship: details of new simplified offers
Online Arable Offer
Lowland Grazing Offer
Upland Offer
Mixed Farming Offer

For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wildlife-offers-countryside-stewardship

Countryside Stewardship – Hedgerows & Boundaries grants
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hedgerows-and-boundaries-grant-countryside-stewardship

Countryside Stewardship – Woodland Support
www.gov.uk/government/collections/countryside-stewardship-woodland-support

Deakin and Combe Memorial Trust
The Deakin and Combe Memorial Trust are inviting applications for assistance with the cost of further education from those that are:
• Studying or about to study an agriculture related course in the academic year 2019/20
• Whose parent(s) have made a contribution to agriculture in England or Wales
Last year, successful candidates received grants of £500 – £1,000 towards such items as training courses, laptops and books.

Now closed to applications for 2019

Grants to successful applicants will be sent out in October 2019.

To request an application form phone 02476 858574 or email rachel.harper@nfu.org.uk

Herefordshire Corn Exchange Award
Applications for funding are always welcome and should be made in the first instance to Tom Nellist.

Email: tomnellist@btconnect.com

Herefordshire’s Prince’s Countryside Fund for training

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

Email: admin@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

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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

Email: administrator@herefordshirecf.org

Website: www.herefordshirefoundation.org

 

Nuffield Scholarships

Nuffield Scholarships 2020  Now closed to applications for this year

A ‘Nuffield’ opens doors and gives unique opportunities to meet leading farmers, innovators, business people and politicians.  If you are between 22 and 45 years old and want to glean ideas which could help your business, why not apply and join the other Herefordshire scholars.

Application deadline 31st July  

No academic qualifications are required, just enthusiasm and an enquiring mind.

All the details are on the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust website HERE

You can also chat to one of the many Herefordshire Scholars, such as Louise Manning, Clare Greener or Ian Howie, email ianhowie1@btinternet.com

Full details are on the website: www.nuffieldscholar.org

If you are interested and would like to discuss applying for the scheme, contact Ian Howie
Tel:  01981 570251      Email:  ianhowie1@btinternet.com

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.

Applications for this bursary closed on 1st July 2019

Find out more and download an application form HERE

Awards and Competitions to apply for:

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019

Entries closed for 2019

For further information about the awards visit www.fsbawards.co.uk

The awards, run by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will recognise and celebrate the best of the West Midlands and UK small businesses and the vast contribution they make to both regional and national economies and to local communities.

Eleven award category winners, from digital innovation to family business and from international business to employer of the year, will be then go forward to the UK final of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards, held at Battersea Evolution, London, on 23 May 2019. Here, as well as UK category winners, the FSB Small Business of the Year 2019 will be announced.

The 11 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards area categories are:

  • International Business of the Year
  • Ethical and Green Business of the Year
  • Business and Product Innovation Award
  • Digital Innovation of the Year
  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Start-Up Business of the Year
  • Scale-Up Business of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)
  • Employer of the Year
  • Community Award (area level only)
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Now closed for nominations

The awards aim to celebrate the achievements of the industry in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
The twelve categories are for sheep, cattle, pig, poultry, fruit/hop and arable farmer of the year, as well as young farmer, farming contractor, farming hero, family-run farm, sustainable & diversification farm, and outstanding achievement award

The award winners will be named at a gala dinner at the Three Counties Showground on Thursday, June 13, the eve of the Royal Three Counties Show. Money raised there will go to farming charity the Addington Fund, which helps find homes for farming families who have had to leave the industry.

Henry Plumb Awards