The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) are governing the changes made to Data Protection and as such should be the “go to” place for guidance information and updates on these new regulations.

Their guide to the GDPR explains the provisions of the GDPR to help organisations comply with its requirements. It is for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.
Click here for the guide.

Getting ready for the GDPR

  • Click here for the ICO 12-step guide to the GDPR
  • Click here for the ICO’s very useful checklist that you can work with to ensure you are following the right steps

Herefordshire “Stop the Drop” Litter Pledge

Stop the Drop was launched by Herefordshire Council in 2016 with the aim of encouraging everyone to take more responsibility for their waste by not dropping litter, and organising community litter picks to engender a pride
in their local surroundings.

Over 200 community groups, businesses, Parish and Town Councils have signed the Stop the Drop Litter Pledge which aims to help keep Herefordshire litter-free.

Litter has a detrimental impact on our physical and mental health, tourism, wildlife and the environment. To support the campaign businesses, schools, community groups, individuals and Parish Councils are being invited to sign
a litter pledge to demonstrate their commitment to keeping their areas
clear of litter and encouraging others to do the same.

Farmers are the guardians of the countryside and have a very important role in keeping our beautiful county clear of litter.

Farmers are invited to sign up to the Litter Pledge at:- https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/business-litter-pledge

For more information please email stopthedrop@herefordshire.gov.uk

All businesses that sign up to the pledge are featured on the
Stop the Drop web pages.

New “Water Environment Grant” launched

DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency have launched a new Water Environment Grant (WEG) scheme to improve the water environment.

The scheme will provide a total of £9 million a year for the next three years to applicants applying for funding for works to restore the water environment (rivers, lakes, canals, wetlands etc).

Potential projects could include river restoration, removal of obstacles to help fish passage or actions to improve the water quality.

WEG is now open to eligible applicants, which includes farmers, but please note that the application deadline is 11th May 2018.

Grants will be determined by EA and NE, and funding will be awarded in August 2018.
Successful applicants will be expected to start their projects before March 2019, with completion dates of March 2021.

Guidance and access to the application form can be found HERE
There is an Online application form (or you can request a paper form if you are unable to access and download the online form).

Local Company changes it’s name from Cargill to Avara Foods

Avara Foods is a 50/50 joint venture between Cargill and Faccenda, and immediately becomes one of the UK’s largest food businesses, supplying chicken, turkey and duck to retailers, food service and food manufacturers.

Employing around 6000 talented individuals, Avara Foods operates a fully integrated supply chain, across agriculture, processing and distribution – with 18 major sites and over 350 farms across the UK.

The aim of the joint venture is to enable further growth and Avara will continue to operate locally in Herefordshire and Newent.

Update on the “2020 Vision for Herefordshire’s Family Farms”

This project, funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and run in conjunction with the Herefordshire Rural Hub, is now running at full capacity.

Participants have all had the opportunity to attend workshops on a range of subjects from succession planning to diversification.

Each farm is being treated on an individual basis with no two farms alike, a bespoke programme for each farm has been drawn up with further opportunities to access training.

A business mentor has been allocated to each farmer, to guide and lend support throughout this three year project, with the aim of strengthening the future viability of the family farm.

New rules for farmers in England to help protect water quality

From 2nd April 2018.

New rules for all farmers in England to help protect water quality, by standardising the good farm practices that many are already performing and offering a new approach to regulation.

In essence the rules require farmers to:
• keep soil on the land;
• match nutrients to crop, and soil needs, and
• keep livestock fertilisers and manures out of the water.

To find out more go to:- www.gov.uk/government/publications/farming-rules-for-water-from-april-2018 or visit GOV.UK.

 

Countryside Stewardship Application Deadlines getting closer

For schemes to start in 2019:-

If you are applying for Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship this year, don’t forget to submit your completed Application form before the deadline of 13th April 2018.

The deadline for submitting Hedgerow & Boundary Grant applications is  30th April 2018

Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship – you must request an application pack from Natural England (Tel: 0208 026 1089) by 31st May 2018.
You may also need to contact your local Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer.  The Mid-Tier application submission deadline is 31st July 2018.

All terrain vehicles and quad bikes are being targeted by thieves in the County.

There has been an increase in the number of Quad Bikes and All Terrain Vehicles being stolen in the County.

Quad Bikes and ATVs are among the items most likely to be stolen in rural areas.

Owners are advised to take the following crime prevention measures to combat these thefts.

1. Secure any Quad bike inside a locked building (as near to the main dwelling as possible).
2. Remove keys.
3. Anchor the Quad down with a Heavy Duty chain and padlock.
4. Alarm the building if possible.
5. Take a photograph of the machine and keep safe any serial numbers if not road registered.
6. Fit a tracking device – we have recovered two quad bikes recently as a result of them being fitted with a tracker device.
7. Park larger vehicles in front of access doors to prevent easy access.
8. Mark or customise your property so it is easily identifiable. This can deter thieves and assist recovery if they are stolen

If you suspect offenders are on your premises and crime in progress, call the Police on 999