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Here is a flavour of some of the most recent industry news stories.  To read all news posts please click on one of the categories above.

Last call to return Lump Sum Exit Scheme documentation

Farmers who have been approved for the Lump Sum Exit Scheme in England are being urged to return their final documentation promptly, following a significant number of missed submissions.  The Rural Payments Agency has said about 500 approved applicants failed to return their evidence and entitlements forms by the deadline on 31 May 2024.  Although the deadline has passed, the RPA is willing to consider individual cases of late submission due to unforeseen circumstances.  However, the agency cannot guarantee that late submissions will result in payment.

Contact your CW Growth Hub account manager for advice on funded business support

SMEs, pre-start businesses and startups can now benefit from over 20 new business support programmes, aimed at helping business growth and resilience in Coventry and Warwickshire and delivered by a wide range of specialist private and public delivery organisations.   With a wealth of funded support on offer, the CW Growth Hub highly experienced Account Management team is perfectly placed to help your business with whatever challenges it is facing, and to help you to explore new opportunities.  Your dedicated Account Manager will take the time to get to know you and your business and, in addition to providing impartial, commercially focused advice, they can help you access a vast network of support delivered by a range of specialist private and public organisations including;

  • grants and funding
  • decarbonisation and net zero support – to help businesses save money on energy, waste and water bills, and  maximise low-carbon opportunities
  • innovation
  • skills and training for the workforce, including upskilling
  • recruitment and apprenticeships
  • support for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses
  • support for manufacturing businesses

Many of the current business support programmes are only available for a limited period, so to find out how CW Growth Hub can help your business, get in touch today. Complete the below enquiry form or email

Share your views on nature recovery in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with the Local Nature Partnership, is asking residents, businesses and community groups to share their views on which areas of the recovery of our natural world they think should be prioritised.   Views of the farming community are particular welcomed.  The LNRS will be a key strategy that will outline a roadmap for restoring and improving Warwickshire’s natural environment, ensuring that it is sustainable now and for future generations.  So, please take the opportunity to have your say to help shape the recovery of nature in Warwickshire!

The survey can be found at:

Len’s Light sponsor a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to raise metal health challenges in agriculture

There’s still time to apply for the FCN/Len’s Light Nuffield Farming Scholarship which has been launched with Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust to help to support the health and wellbeing of people in the farming community.  The scholarship is inspired by Warwickshire farmers Andy and Lynda Eadon, who lost their son Len to suicide in January 2022. They have since made it their mission through their LEN’S LIGHT campaign to raise awareness of mental health challenges in rural and farming communities and to ensure that nobody feels alone.  The scholarship will sponsor Nuffield scholars focusing on topics that support people in farming and rural communities; help to address issues of loneliness and isolation; explore health inequalities in farming/rural communities; or encourage a positive mindset and help to build resilience.
Applications close 31st July 2024.

RABI Back to School Grants are back

RABI’s Return to School Grant is back!   Applications open on Monday 8 July at 9.00am. Grant amounts are £200 per child, for up to six school-aged children per household. The grants are open to both working and non-working farming families across England.  To apply for a grant, you need to answer a few questions online and provide evidence of your child benefit number.  3,750 grants are available – but they go fast!   Check if you qualify while waiting for applications to open:

Free trees for farmers in the Dunsmore area of Warwickshire

The Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme, run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, is in the process of sourcing 100% funding for hedge and tree planting within the project area, which includes the Rugby borough (please see this link for a map of the project area). The project will start this winter with the potential to run for three years. If you are a landowner within the project area and would like free trees for hedgerow or woodland planting, please get in touch with Kayleigh Brookes, Dunsmore Project Officer, on, and let her know how many trees you would like, and whether it’s for a hedge or woodland planting.

Free Trees for Farmers offer

Warwickshire Rural Hub is pleased to be able to offer Free Trees for Farmers again this year. The trees are being funded by Warwick District Council, Stratford District Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The trees are available to farms lying within these local authority areas.

The Free Trees for Farmers scheme is also being supported by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, as well as the Trees Call to Action Project (a partnership between the Heart of England Forest and the district councils of Stratford, Wychavon and Warwick, aiming to increase tree cover across the three districts by working with local communities and landowners).

Various tree packs are available, which allow farmers to find the perfect species mix for their land, including hedgerow packs, fruit tree packs, and woodland packs. Farmers can apply for anything from a single tree pack up to hundreds of trees. The Trees Call to Action Project can also offer practical support for farmers looking to plant on a larger scale where they may need to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments, for example if they want to plant on a woodland scale using the Government’s English Woodland Creation Offer grant.

If your farm falls within the local authority boundaries and you would like to plant trees this coming winter, you can apply online by clicking here.

The deadline for requesting trees is Sunday 21st July 2024 at 11pm. The trees will be available for collection on a specific day in December 2024 or January 2025 (depending on nursery lead-in times) and will need to be planted as soon as possible after being collected.

Create a tiny community forest to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III

Warwickshire County Council has been awarded funding from Defra’s Coronation Heritage Living Fund (CLHF) for the creation of Community Orchards and Community Micro Woods across the county, to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. The aim of the funding is to enable more trees to be planted in non-woodland locations and close to where people live, providing a visible and lasting tribute to the coronation within local communities. WCC is excited to receive applications from communities interested in creating their own local micro woodland. Applications must be received by the end of July 2004 and trees planted by the end of March 2025.  Read more on this page.  

Stay vigilant for metal thefts in south Warwickshire

A number of incidents have been reported in the south of Warwickshire relating to metal thefts.  These have included scrap metal, metal fixings, copper, wiring and aluminium from different types of rural properties.  Please be vigilant, if you have any items that might attract attention from offenders please keep securely and remove from sight wherever possible.

Changes to permitted development rights for farm buildings

From 21 May 2024, farmers will no longer be required to submit a planning application for specific types of development.  This includes converting agricultural buildings to a wider range of commercial uses, such as larger farm shops, buildings for agricultural training and sporting facilities. Use of these permitted development rights remain subject to their existing approvals by the local planning authority. This allows planning matters to be considered in consultation with the local community.  For example, to change agricultural buildings to homes and flexible commercial use, individuals must seek prior approval from the local planning authority for specific issues and risks including transport and flooding.  Farmers will also be able to convert buildings on agricultural units and former agricultural buildings to a larger number of homes, more suited to rural needs.   Read more on this Defra blog post.

Compare the suitability of biomass crops with Envirocrops

Envirocrops is a free data-driven web app to compare the suitability of biomass crops across the UK.  Utilising calculators, decision trees and digital mapping, Envirocrops will provide farmers, project developers and industry decision makers, tailored information.  Their website also includes best practice guidelines on a variety of crops and a list of suppliers. Become knowledgeable about the different biomass crop types best suited to your climate; the estimated land required for your desired yield, production timescale and costs, local contractors and markets, plus much more   Visit the website on this page.  

Stay vigilant as GPS thefts increase

Farmers across the UK are being urged to be vigilant after a new wave of Global Positioning System (GPS) thefts in recent weeks.  Warwickshire has previously been targeted, with farms in all areas of the county being victims of this type of crime.  Thieves in other counties have been targeting farms who have previously had GPS stolen.

NFU Mutual GPS Security Guide:

  • Activate PIN security on GPS kit with your own unique number if available
  • Mark your postcode on the unit’s case to deter thieves and trace your property back to you
  • Keep tractors and combines with GPS fitted stored out of sight when possible
  • Remove GPS kit when possible, from tractors and other machinery and store it securely when not in use
  • Record serial numbers and photograph your kit
  • Check serial numbers of second-hand kit offered for sale

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Amy Brant
Rosemary Collier
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Tony Beysens
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