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Businesses asked to report Covid-19 cases to Warwickshire Public Health

Warwickshire County Council is asking all businesses in Warwickshire to immediately contact Warwickshire Public Health 24/7 if they have two or more suspected or positive cases of Covid-19. You should also notify the Public Health England West Midlands health protection team by ringing 0344 225 3560.

Warwickshire Public Health can be contacted on 

Some types of business may experience more rapid infection rates. If your business falls into one or more of the categories listed below, please contact Warwickshire Public Health immediately in the event of ONE positive test:

  • Food processing factories/plants;
  • Agricultural settings where seasonal staff live on site;
  • Warehouses and manufacturing sites which may be noisy (meaning staff need to shout to be heard) and where ventilation may be poor and/or social distancing may be difficult;
  • Workplaces with multiple shared facilities or high turnover of staff/visitors;
  • Workplaces with high turnover of agency staff;
  • Other workplaces where social distancing may be difficult.

By notifying then immediately of outbreaks or single cases in high risk settings you will be helping to provide the quickest possible Warwickshire response.

Petition to include wool fleeces in new government home insulation scheme

The NFU is throwing its support behind a petition which aims to deliver a new, long-term market for British wool.  The petition is calling for British wool products to be mandatory for insulating in the government’s new home insulation scheme and for insulation and carpeting in any public financed building projects.  The call comes after increasing reports that farmers are incorporating wool fleeces into the manure heap rather than selling to British Wool, after the price of wool fell way below the price of shearing for many farmers.

To find out more about the petition please visit this page.  

bTB vaccine field trials given the green light

World-leading bovine tuberculosis (bTB) TB cattle vaccination trials are set to get underway in England and Wales as a result of a major breakthrough by government scientists.  These trials enable work to accelerate towards planned deployment of a cattle vaccine by 2025.   It is one of several key elements of the long-term bTB strategy to eradicate the disease in England by 2038.   The field trials will be conducted over the next four years on behalf of Defra, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government, following 20 years of ground-breaking research into bovine TB vaccines and diagnostic tests.

Rural Hub is included in Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has launched its National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups which lists 69 regional, national, and membership organisations who can provide support, advice, and guidance to farming and rural communities. The directory signposts to support for farmers who might be in crisis.  Originally created by YANA, a farming mental health charity working across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcestershire, the directory has been updated to include 21 new support groups, including the Warwickshire Rural Hub. Visit this page to access a copy of the directory.

Survey for small-scale pig keepers to help combat disease

A survey aimed at small-scale pig keepers forms part of the UK’s campaign to combat the introduction and spread of the pig disease African swine fever. It aims to find out more about what small-scale pig keepers already know about the disease, as well as asking about their feeding and biosecurity practices and what sources they refer to for guidance on keeping pigs.  The results of the survey will be used to improve information available to pig keepers to help protect the health of their pigs and the UK pig industry.  To access the survey please visit this page.  Responses must be submitted by 31 August.

Register your food establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The new government Eat Out to Help Out Scheme offers a discount to diners to encourage them to eat at your restaurant. The scheme:

  • can be used all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
  • offers a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.  Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer. You can register for the scheme if your establishment:

  • sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July 2020

Your need to register by 31 August 2020.  Visit this page for full information.

Low Carbon Agriculture show comes to Stoneleigh in March 2021

Low Carbon Agriculture 2021 is a vibrant new business event for forward thinking farmers, landowners and industry operators. The event will explore ways to address climate change through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and best practice in both carbon and environmental land management.  Formerly the Energy & Rural Business show, and featuring the 12th annual Energy Now Expo, the event has rebranded, relocated to Stoneleigh Park and reasserted its focus.  Visit this page for further information about the show, to book a stand space or register your interest for a free ticket.  The event takes place on 9 – 10 March 2021.

New guide on using tree shelters and guards

The new Tree protection: The use of tree shelters and guards guide outlines a framework for woodland owners and managers considering what method(s) of protection are needed for the successful establishment of trees. The guide also highlights the key considerations when evaluating the efficacy of tree protection, and explores a sustainable approach to the use of plastics within forestry.

Free support and advice for getting back to business

The Professional and Business Services Sector & Enterprise Nation, supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, have teamed up to offer small businesses free expert advice to recover from the impact of COVID19.  Up to the 31st of December 2020 professional bodies and trade associations are mobilising experts in their sector to offer free calls on topics from accounting to advertising, HR and legal affairs.  Enterprise Nation is providing free access to the platform to enable small businesses to connect with business advisers.  To sign up to receive the advice please visit this page.  

Advice for tourism businesses and they re-open their doors to welcome back customers

Warwickshire County Council is working hard with the Districts and Boroughs and other partners to help businesses in the tourism sector to be fully equipped for reopening after lockdown.  Most sectors of the visitor economy reopened on July 4th, provided they adhered to the necessary Health & Safety and social distancing criteria.  It is vital that businesses observe all the legislation in place to protect themselves and their customers and, to assist them to do that, there is a lot of helpful information available.   Visit this page for further details.

Rural businesses rise to Covid-19 challenges by showing great innovation

Forward-thinking rural businesses are showing their innovative expertise and exploring new markets during the coronavirus outbreak, a new in-depth survey has revealed.  The data was collected by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub via the Warwickshire Rural Hub.  The results were included in the latest CWLEP Growth Hub SmartRegion report (June 9-22) which also gathered information from the CWLEP’s business engagements and survey data, Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council, the Federation of Small Businesses and the National Farmers Union.

Of the people who responded to the Warwickshire Rural Hub survey 53% of responders were sole traders, 37% were micro businesses and10% were small or medium businesses

95% of respondents said that their business had been adversely impacted by Covid-19 with 53% seeing their business temporarily cease trading.   To cope with the impact of Covid-19 businesses had:

  • furloughed staff
  • temporarily changed their products
  • sought new supply chains
  • changed staff working patterns

But there is positive news too, which shows the resilience of our rural business community:

69% of businesses were undertaking innovation
37% of respondents were investing in their business
53% of businesses were looking to diversify
42% were exploring new markets

And a fast Broadband connection was felt to be the single most important issue for rural business development.  The Rural Hub is now working with the CW Growth Hub to analyse the results and pass on intelligence to contacts in local government to influence future support for the rural sector.

Irrigation advice from the Environment Agency

May 2020 was the driest on record (and the fourth driest spring on record) in England, with below average rainfalls recorded across the country. The dry conditions will be having a significant impact on crops and grass. For more information on this, please read the Environment Agency’s irrigation advice in ‘Making your business resilient to drought’ and ‘What can Irrigators do’ sections of the Environment Agency’s updated irrigation prospects.  Visit this page for further information.

An update on the work of Championing the Farmed Environment

Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE) has a new theme: climate change mitigation.  You can read CFE guidance on how to incorporate climate change mitigation into a farming business on this page.    To help you stay connected during lockdown CFE has also launched a podcast series.  It’s not too late to take advantage of their subsidised seed mix offers supported by Syngenta.  Visit this page for details.  Over the last year CFE worked closely with Agricology to share a joint mission and messages with a wider audience.  The Agricology events pages list CFE events as well as lots of great online events offered by CFE partners and Agricology supporters.


Defra publishes report on integrated pest management

The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan puts Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the centre of the future approach to crop protection. The aim is to create policies which focus on minimising pesticide use and making the greatest possible use of alternatives, such as improved crop husbandry and the use of natural predators. To read a copy of the final project report please visit this page. 

Moisture meter guidance from Red Tractor

Red Tractor has issued new guidance regarding calibrating moisture meters, following the cancellation of clinics due to coronavirus.

  • Contact the manufacturer of your moisture meter for specific advice as to how to calibrate at home.
  • Contact your merchant – they may be offering calibration services, or may be able to provide you with tested samples to calibrate against.
  • Apply for a reference sample – some merchants are selling these. Are there any neighbours you can work with to buy a set of samples and use between you?
  • Send your meter off to be professionally calibrated.

Whichever method you select for the calibration you must record and retain the information.

Government to establish trade and agriculture commission

The government has announced that it will establish a trade and agriculture commission to help inform post-Brexit trade policy.  The international trade secretary, Liz Truss. announced the news on 29 June)following ‘positive discussions’ with UK farming unions.  She said the commission would make recommendations for agricultural trade policy, higher animal welfare standards and export opportunities for farmers.  The group, which could be made up of government officials, industry representatives, civil society groups and experts in food and farming, would make recommendations on the UK’s future food trade policy.

Have your say on dairy supply chains

The UK Government has launched a consultation seeking to end any unfair practices across the UK’s dairy sector.  Evidence has highlighted how unfair practices have persisted in the dairy industry. This consultation will explore whether regulations could be introduced to ensure farmers are treated fairly.
Proposals include an option to introduce a mandatory pricing mechanism within all contracts between dairy farmers and processors. This would ensure the price paid for milk produced by the farmer is formally agreed within the contract, and that contract negotiations take place in a clear and transparent way.  The consultation is open on 15 September.  You can submit your response here.  

Read how to re-open your business safely during coronavirus

Visit this page for all the up to date information on how to re-open your business safely during coronavirus, as well as information on financial support, travel, testing, schools and health support.

Bounce back plan for agriculture announced by Defra and DTI

The new strategic interventions jointly announced by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will offer immediate support to help businesses in the industry grow their trade activity overseas.  The measures introduced will support producers, manufacturers and agri-tech companies across the food supply chain, from farm to fork, and has been developed with insight from the devolved administrations, trade associations, businesses and DIT’s regional and international networks.  These measures are being announced as part of a programme of support for the agriculture, food and drink industry to ensure they benefit from new trade and investment opportunities – including future free trade agreements (FTAs).  Read more here.

New Spray Assist App

Syngenta Spray Assist is a new app created to help sprayer operators to select the most appropriate application techniques on-the-fly. The simple to use app links to live local weather data to analyse the factors that influence accurate application and potential risk of spray drift, including wind, rain or frost. The app suggests techniques to enable sprayer operators to mitigate risks or alter practices.  Visit this page for the download information.

Farmer-led Happerley launch online marketplace

Farmer led Happerley is launching the UK’s first online marketplace empowering consumers to purchase food and drink knowing the full provenance of their purchases.  Going live on 1 July, it will be free for all UK producers with nothing to hide, to set up and manage their own store and sell directly to consumers.  Producers must simply be Happerley Transparent, so empowering consumers to shop with confidence by being able to see the Happerley validated ingredient supply chain behind their purchases.   You can read more information on this page.  

Happerley England is also offering 21 opportunities for exceptionally competitive and flexible spaces for food and drink producers with provenance to enjoy town centre space in Banbury at Lock29.  Pitches start from £30 per day.

Producers are invited to contact the Happerley team on or call 01242 222848 to register their interest in both opportunities.

Read how to use the MAGIC geographic website

The Open Spaces Society has written a short article giving advice on how to use MAGIC.  Natural England manage the MAGIC website which provides geographic information about the natural environment covering rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain. It is presented in an interactive map which can be explored using the various mapping tools that are included.

Visit this page for the Open Spaces Society article and visit this page to view MAGIC.

NFU Food Standards Petition

As the UK begins to negotiate trade deals with countries around the world NFU is promoting a food standards petition to ask the UK government to ensure all food imports are produced to the same high standards as British farmers.  Further information is available on this page.

AHDB events go on-line

The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board has moved all of its events on-line in order to comply with government advice on Covid-19.  The webinars are all free of charge and recordings of those which have already taken place are available to listen to at a later date.

Visit this page to view the list of events and recordings.

Obscure wasp species could help control cabbage stem flea beetles

An obscure species of parasitic wasp discovered by chance could provide farmers with a chemical-free way of controlling cabbage stem flea beetles.  The discovery was made when the wasps appeared mysteriously in colonies of cabbage stem flea beetles across three sites in Norfolk.  Researchers, who were studying to test feeding preferences on oilseed rape, said the wasps appeared even though the beetles were confined to potted oilseed rape plants inside micro-perforated bags.  Further exploration revealed that the colonies of around 3,000 beetles collected from the sites had been infected by a parasitic wasp that lays eggs within the beetle’s body.  Read more here.  

Get advice on cyber security for small businesses moving on-line

To help small businesses manage the transition from physical to digital safely and securely, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has developed a guidance package to support SMEs with their cyber security as business needs and ways of working develop.  The package has been developed specifically to support small businesses who are relying more heavily on IT services to run their business, and will help gain a clear picture of cyber security as it currently stands and plan any new measures to put in place.

New innovation centre for rural enterprise

The new National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise will support enterprise, resilience and innovation among rural firms and unlock the untapped potential of rural economies across the UK.   Led by experts from Newcastle, Warwick, Gloucestershire and the Royal Agricultural Universities, and working with businesses, policy makers, enterprise agencies and communities, the Centre has been awarded £3.8 million of funding by Research England.  NICRE officially launches on 1 September 2020.  Read more here.  

Information on moving your local food business online

Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming – has drawn together advice and information on how to move your local food business online.  There are links to existing website platforms and advice on how to set up your own online shop front.  Visit this page for all the details.

Agriculture Bill completes its House of Commons journey

The Agriculture Bill completed its journey through the House of Commons on 13 May and is now on track to pass through parliament by the summer.   It sets out how farmers will be rewarded with public money for “public goods” – such as cleaner air or water – replacing the current subsidy system.  The Bill also introduces new powers to improve fairness and transparency in the supply chain and will enable the Government to introduce grants to help farmers add value to their produce while reducing costs.  In addition, the Government will have a legal obligation for the first time to produce an assessment of our food security at least once every five years.

New study highlights role of moths as pollinators

New research by University College London suggests that moths play a vital role as overnight pollinators of a wide range of flowers and plants.  The study found that the moths’ transport networks are larger and more complex than those of daytime pollinators like bees.  To find out how vital a part the moths play the research monitored moth activity around ponds in agricultural areas of Norfolk.  It was discovered that 45% of the moths tested were transporting pollen, which originated from 47 different plant species, including several that were rarely visited by bees, hoverflies and butterflies.   It appeared that moths tend to be generalists, not specifically visiting a narrow group of flowers.    The full research paper can be accessed here.  

Government advice on how to make workplaces safe during coronavirus

As workers in England who are unable to operate from home are encouraged to return to their usual place of work, has issued a series of advice documents on how to make workplaces safe for employees during the coronavirus outbreak.   There is advice for construction sites, warehouses, laboratories, offices, restaurants, shops, vehicles and homes.  You can access the advice here.  

Our Business Supporter, Ellacotts, has produced a checklist for helping SMEs prepare for returning to work post lockdown.

The government has advised the public to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses.  Further advice can be viewed here.

A roadmap which describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus is available here.

Pick for Britain on a UK fruit or vegetable farm.

Are you looking for short term work on a UK fruit or vegetable farm?  Pick for Britain is a new website which will help to bring together workers and employees to ensure that everyone in the UK can continue to enjoy the best quality British fruit and veg.  The website will advertise vacancies and give more information about what to expect when working as a picker or packer on a farm.  Click here to find vacancies in your local area.  Recruiters can advertise vacancies on their farms by clicking here.

Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey

The UKCPVS is always checking for new races of cereal rusts and mildews across the UK and rely on samples to check for new variations of diseases.  Growers are encouraged to send in samples by completing this form to accompany each sample for virulence analysis.  Please post to FREEPOST UKCPVS.  Samples can be from any variety, but NIAB are especially interested in varieties which are noted as resistant to the different diseases. More detail can be found on the NIAB website

This is a free service funded by AHDB.

Interactive mapping tool for bTB

Information bTB (ibTB) is an online interactive mapping tool set up to help cattle farmers and their vets understand the level of bovine TB in their area. The map shows the locations of all TB breakdowns in England and Wales. It can be used to find out about the bovine TB situation in your local area, and when purchasing cattle. The map is currently updated every two weeks and there are a variety of ways to select and view data.

For information about using ibTB, please see the useful how-to video on YouTube:    To access ibTB please click the following link:

UK competition law temporarily relaxed to help dairy industry through coronavirus

The intention is that the industry will work together to address current market challenges, avoiding waste and maintaining productive capacity to meet future demand. This builds on a previous relaxation of competition rules that allows retailers, suppliers and logistic services to work together.

Dairy UK and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) will now lead work to bring the industry together to identify spare processing capacity, how to stimulate demand and how production could be temporarily reduced.

Working towards net zero emissions for beef farmers

Farming for a Better Climate has produced some practical guides on how farmers can reduce carbon emissions from beef production.  Visit this page to read the guides.

Committee on climate change – advice on agriculture and land use

The Committee on Climate Change has released its Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UK.   The report outlines what is needed for the UK to stay on track to meet its net zero requirements.  The report acknowledge that British farming produces some of the most sustainable food in the world, highlighting that emissions from UK beef is half that of the global average. The report also emphasises that we cannot risk importing food with a higher carbon footprint than food which has been produced in the UK.  You can read the full report here.

Nature Friendly Farming Network publish a guide to net zero carbon in farming

Net zero carbon refers to achieving an overall balance between emissions produced and emissions taken out of the atmosphere. Achieving net zero is required to meet the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global temperatures below a 1.5°C rise above pre-industrial levels.  To achieve the scale of change needed, action must be taken now to reduce emissions and lay the foundations for the longer-term transformation required.  In order to help farmers achieve net zero targets Nature Friendly Farming Network has created a practical guide for farmers.

Coventry Corsairs Rugby Club

Coventry Corsairs is Coventry’s first fully inclusive Rugby Club. They train at Coventrians in Holbrooks on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm.   All ages and abilities and anyone with a love of rugby are welcome.  For contact details please visit this page.


Mind your Head on #MentalHealthAwarenessDay

It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay2019 on 10 October when we are encouraging you to remember its OK not be OK.  Take a look at the Yellow Wellies Mind Your Head page to see where you can access support when the going gets tough.   Remember its OK to reach out – the Farming Community Network support line is open every day of the year, 7.00am – 11.00pm.

Tel: 03000 111999 or email



Eight farmers are referred to their GP at Rural Hub/FCN wellbeing event

Farmers visiting Rugby Livestock Mart café on Monday 16 September found more on offer than the usual bacon butty and cup of tea as the building was the focus of a wellbeing event organised by Warwickshire Rural Hub and Farming Community Network.  Farmers present in the café were invited to share any health or welfare concerns with representatives from MacMillan Cancer Support, Addington Fund, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Farming Community Network. In addition, two nurses from Parish Nursing were available for blood pressure testing and health advice and a massage therapist was on hand to offer a quick, free massage to help relieve tension. Copies of the FCN booklet “Fit for Farming” were distributed free of charge.

By the end of the event forty-five farmers had had their blood pressure checked, eight farmers were referred to their GP by the nurses and nine people volunteered for a massage. Bowel and prostate cancer were the two issues raised most frequently with the representative from MacMillan Cancer Support.

Due to its success it is hoped to repeat the wellbeing event in the new year.

Metaldehyde slug pellets to be banned from spring 2020

Defra Secretary the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP has confirmed that slug pellets containing Metaldehyde will be banned from spring 2020. It will be legal to sell Metaldehyde products for outdoor use for the next six months, with use of the products then allowed for a further 12 months. (Posted 19.12.18)

New opportunity for farmers – Arden Farm Wildlife Network

Are you a farmer in the Arden area of Warwickshire interested in:
• Getting support to help you with managing the options in your environmental schemes.
• Keeping up to date with the changes in environmental support and different channels of funding available.
• Improving your farm for wildlife with low cost methods – that can benefit your business too.
• Finding more about what wildlife you have got on your farm?

The Arden Farm Wildlife Network could help you!

If you would like further details then please give Zoe Bell a call or drop her an email.

Contact: Zoe Bell
Telephone: 07980 771872
Email Address:
Website: Open Website

New scheme to encourage investment in superfast broadband

A new scheme for small to medium sized businesses is being piloted in the Warwickshire area to encourage commercial investment in superfast fibre broadband.
The Government’s Local Full Fibre Networks Programme aims to support projects across the UK that will stimulate more commercial investment in full fibre, the “gold standard” of fast and reliable broadband. Coventry and Warwickshire is one of the test regions for the scheme. The programme will see local companies will be offered vouchers (worth between £500 and £3000 each) by broadband suppliers to pay for gigabit capable connections.
More information is available on the website below.

Website: Open Website

NFU Mutual launch new insurance for Smallholders

Smallholdings are an essential piece of the patchwork that makes up our great countryside and are vital to the wellbeing of the farming scene. As the leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual has launched a new insurance that insures smallholders managing small flocks or herds, right through to individuals and families who are keen to get involved in small scale farming. Visit the website to contact your local agent.

Website: Open Website

New Defra code of practice for species control

The “Species Control Provisions: Code of Practice for England” sets out how the provisions for species control agreements and orders contained in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 should be applied by environmental authorities. These powers ensure that, in appropriate circumstances, landowners take action on invasive non-native species or permit others to enter the land and carry out those operations, to prevent their establishment and spread.
For further information please use the link below.

Website: Open Website

Get pelletwise

The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group has produce “A guide to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and slug control”.
To view the guide use the link below.

Website: Open Website

Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

The Department for Transport has proposed the crop cap be set at 4% in 2018, decreasing incrementally until it reaches 2% by 2032. The NFU is calling for the cap, which governs the volume of crop-based biofuels allowed to be used on UK roads, to be set at the maximum possible level of 7%. Many other EU member states have opted for 7% – as per set out in the EU directive, leaving UK arable farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

Parish council help required for broadband rollout

CSW Broadband are looking to work even more closely with parish councils. What they would like to know now is what would parish councils find most helpful to assist you in informing your residents about the broadband rollout and answering their questions?
Please drop an email to, and the team will develop a plan that incorporates as many of your suggestions as possible.

Marketing for plant based substances

The EU Court of Justice has confirmed a ban on products of a ‘purely plant-based substance’ using the term milk, cream, butter, cheese or yoghurt in their marketing. There are some allowances, including coconut milk and ice cream, but the rule applies to all products not on the list of exceptions, such as soya and tofu.

New Red Tractor Stickers Launched

Red Tractor has teamed up with Massey Ferguson to print 15,000 trailer stickers to help farmers spread the positive message of UK Farm Assurance. The stickers bear the slogans “Great Food, Great Farming” and “Trust the Tractor”.
The stickers are free of charge to Red Tractor members.

Website: Open Website

Co-op commits to British farming

Announced last September, a promise to source fresh lamb and bacon from British only sources by the Co-op came into effect this week. This now means that the Co-op sources 100% British beef, chicken, ham, pork, duck and turkey and uses only British meat in all sausages and in its own-label chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches (with the exception of continental varieties in ready meals and sandwiches). This bold move places farming right at the centre of their business and has been widely congratulated by the industry

A new platform for smart farming

The Horizon 2020 thematic network smart AKIS has recently launched a free online platform providing a number of tools to facilitate and promote the use of smart farming technologies.
The platform is intended for farmers, advisory services, agriculture consultants, and farming equipment providers. It includes a database of the latest technologies already available on the market or emerging from research projects. Additionally, it provides guidance, advice and a space for exchange on the use these new technologies.

Website: Open Website

Open Water – chose your water supplier

From 1 April 2017, farms and other eligible business customers in England will be able to choose their supplier of water and waste water retail services.
Businesses which are eligible to switch supplier can choose to shop around and switch to a new retail service provider for water and wastewater services; negotiate a new price and service package with their existing retailer, or a new retailer; or stay with their current retail service provider, accepting default price and service terms.

Contact: None
Telephone: None
Email Address: None
Website: Open Website

Call for vigilance for Sweet Chestnut Blight

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are reminding woodland managers, tree professionals and the plant trade to be vigilant over the coming months for sweet chestnut blight, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica.  Suspected cases in trees and woodland should be reported to the Commission with Tree Alert. Suspected cases in chestnut plants moving in trade, such as in garden centres and nurseries, must be reported to APHA’s Plant Health & Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI) on 01904 405138 or

Telephone: 01904 405138

New website about plant pests

A new website to improve access to information about plant pests and diseases has been launched by Defra.
The Plant Health Portal is already making it easier for plant health professionals to share and use vital information on plant pests and diseases, unlocking the power of data to better assess threats and determine action to tackle them.
The site is still under development, and has been launched in ‘beta’ form to enable users to give feedback to inform further improvements. There are plans to add more data and introduce further refinements to the site’s search functions during this second phase. Users are encouraged to send feedback on the site to Defra.

Website: Open Website

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