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Farmers Urged to Apply for 2017 Hedgerow and Boundaries Grant

The Hedgerow and Boundary Grant (HBG) scheme, which is now open, offers up to £5,000, with a minimum of £1,000, worth of funding to landowners including farmers, foresters and woodland owners who want to restore boundary features, such as hedges and stone walls.

Commenting on the new grant, David Hume, a farm business consultant at land, property and business consultancy George F. White, said: “The updated grant is good news for farmers and other landowners as this year a lot more land is eligible for funding. Unlike 2016, this year’s grant is now available to those farmers who have an existing Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) agreement or Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) agreement. However, land in an Uplands Entry Level (UELS), Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement and Mid or Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship agreements cannot be included in an HBG application.”

Hume continued: “The deadline to apply for the grant to Natural England is Friday 28th April and we are already working on applications with several clients. Whether it’s hedgerow laying, coppicing, gapping up or earth bank restoration, stoned faced bank restoration or stone wall restoration for example, the grant can provide the financial help landowners need to do such works. It’s a competitive scheme with the highest scoring applications being accepted so it is vital that farmers and landowners seek advice on how best to apply for the grant.”

If you would like more information about the 2017 Hedgerow and Boundaries Grant, please contact:

David Hume – Northumberland and Borders – davidhume@georgefwhite.co.uk or 01665 511986
Alan Falshaw – County Durham – alanfalshaw@georgefwhite.co.uk or 01388 529539
Sally Horrocks – Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire – sallyhorrocks@georgefwhite.co.uk or 01677 458201

Farmers Urged to Apply for Ammonia Reduction Grant

British farmers are being encouraged to apply for a new Natural England grant that focuses on the reduction of ammonia emissions and conservation of nitrogen which can improve the overall efficiency of a farm. The aim of the Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant (FARG) scheme is to reduce ammonia emissions from farms by funding more efficient ways of storing slurry.

Talking about the scheme, Alan Falshaw, an agricultural business consultant at land, property and business consultancy George F. White said: “Ammonia is one of the biggest air pollutants in the UK and over 80% of ammonia emissions derive from the agriculture sector therefore Natural England is focused on reducing such emissions as much as possible and, at the same, improving the efficiency of British farms. The grant is applicable to beef and dairy farmers in England which use existing slurry stores and have been managing such stores for at least five years. If successful, not only will farmers be provided with the required funding to reduce the use of ammonia emissions on their land, improve air quality and reduce the loss of nitrogen, the grant will also help to create a more energy efficient farm as farmers will receive advice on how to increase the quality of the slurry as a fertiliser and reduce storage and field application costs for the slurry store.”

Applications are now open and farmers have until 31st January 2017 to apply. Natural England will go through all applications and then arrange for an inspection of the applicable farm to check eligibility and discuss ammonia reduction on the farm. If existing slurry storage facilities are suitable, a grant will be offered.

Falshaw added: “To maximise chances of meeting the specific criteria of the grant, farmers should seek specialist advice on how to best fill out the grant application form, what information should be included and what to focus on within the application. George F. White is currently working with many farmer clients across England who are wishing to apply for the scheme but unsure on how to best approach the application process. We’re currently assisting them, managing the entire grant application process from beginning to end on their behalf, ensuring the application form is fully and correctly completed and the relevant information is submitted.”

If you’d like more information or advice in completing an application for the FARG scheme, please contact:

Alan Falshaw –  07814 240737 / alanfalshaw@georgefwhite.co.uk
David Hume – 07739 321588 / davidhume@georgefwhite.co.uk
Sally Horrocks – 07880 386612 / sallyhorrocks@georgefwhite.co.uk