Village of the Year competition

This summer, Penelope Keith and her team of judges will be visiting villages across the UK to determine a winner, with a £10,000 prize up for grabs.    

Please apply if you think your village should be considered for the programme. In order to apply you just need to send  an email with some basic information about your village. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

All  villages can apply by visiting the website and following the simple online application
or by emailing

Once you have emailed, the Village of the Year team will be in touch to request more information. After that, we will review the applications and, if your village is selected for the shortlist of around 76 villages, you will be informed and our team will arrange a day when we can come and film at your village.

We will be grouping our villages into four broad regions of the UK depending on the spread of applications. Each region will have one winning village that will go through to a grand final with an opportunity to win the £10,000 prize.


Transfer of Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements

England  –  Entitlements can be transferred online or using an RLE1 form. This means all entitlement transfers for the BPS 2017 scheme year also need to be made by midnight on 15th May 2017.  Farmers using an RLE1 form to transfer entitlements must make sure RPA receive the form by midnight on 15th May 2017 at the latest.

Wales – “Transfer of Entitlements” online forms are available to complete on the RPW Online account.  Any transfers must be notified before midnight on 2nd May 2017 in order to claim on SAF 2017.


Royal Three Counties Show launches National Junior Dairy Show

The Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern (16th – 18th June) will this year launch a major new national show for junior dairy cattle to allow breeders to showcase the potential of their herds to fellow breeders and dairy enthusiasts.

The new National Junior Dairy Show will feature classes for all the major dairy breeds, with entries restricted to calves and first milking heifers.

Click here for more information on the National Junior Dairy Show

For more information and to book tickets for the Royal Three Counties Show 2017, click here




FREE Waste Plastic and Card Disposal for Farmers and Businesses in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Surrounding Areas.

Rural Waste Recycling 

Don’t pay to dispose of your farm plastic and card – bring it to us at Rural Waste Recycling for free – we will take as little or as much as you have, we will issue you a waste transfer note and it won’t cost you a penny.  – In fact leave your wallet at home.

Located in Newent, Gloucestershire, Rural Waste Recycling will take much of your farm or business waste plastic. We bale it up and sell it abroad which enables us to offer the free service.

What do we take

  • Silage-wrap and silage string
  • fertilizer and seed bags
  • spray cans and feed bags
  • irrigation pipe
  • card 
  • trickle take and much more  

All we ask is that you call ahead so we know you’re coming and that you separate the waste by type as much as possible.

WE NEED YOUR WASTE. We are the only free farm plastic and card disposal in the country.

However, our business only works if you bring in your waste plastic and card – it’s a great opportunity to dispose of your waste for free, it has an environmental impact (nothing goes to landfill) whilst supporting a local business.

For more information or to get booked in  please Call 01531 888111, mobile 07765252433
or email 

Find us online



Countryside Stewardship 2018 Open for Applications

Countryside Stewardship is now open for applications for multi annual agreements to start on 1st January 2018.
Click here for details of the schemes.

If you are considering making an application then you must ask for an application pack as soon as possible.     

Higher Tier applications have a deadline of 5th May when initial applications must be submitted.
Applications packs must be asked for by 13th April.
Click here for the Higher Tier manual

Mid-Tier applications have a deadline of 30th September.
Application packs must be requested by 31st July.
Click here for the Mid Tier manual


How a Herefordshire hectare could save a Rainforest hectare…

The Size of Herefordshire is a radical new scheme set up by a local group, that aims to protect an area of rainforest in the Amazon that is the same size as the county – 218,000 hectares in total.

Tropical rainforests play a crucial role in helping counteract climate change – they currently absorb nearly a fifth of the world’s man-made CO2 emissions every year, and are home to the indigenous Forest Peoples whose livelihoods depend entirely on them being sustained.

Herefordshire has a major problem with its carbon emissions and the Size of Herefordshire provides a unique opportunity for local people to take positive action, and to help keep this vital rainforest standing.

An interactive online map has been developed as a fundraising tool which links land in the county with parts of the rainforest.  The map divides Herefordshire into individual squares each representing 10 hectares and with a one-off cost of £5.00 each to sponsor.  You can sponsor up to 8 squares at a time.

The Size of Herefordshire is appealing to anyone who lives in the county to get involved by sponsoring their home, village, farm, business or a favourite place, by purchasing the relevant squares on the map.

Every pound raised through the map goes directly to the Forest Peoples Programme (UK Registered Charity No. 1082158).  They assist the Forest Peoples in securing legal title of their land, thus preventing loggers and other corporations and exploiters from destroying it.

If you would like to support the project please visit click on ‘Donate,’ scroll down to ‘donate through our map,’ and follow the simple steps.  Any contribution, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated.

With your help we can protect an area of rainforest that is ‘The Size of Herefordshire.’

Please Like us on Facebook ‘Size of Herefordshire’ or Twitter @SizeofHereford

Co-ordinator: Jeremy Bugler, Woodlands Farm, Blakemere, Hereford HR2 9PY
telephone: 01981 500 378  email:

Fundraiser: Susie de Labillière   email:

Steering Group: Sue Bell, Will Bullough, Geoff Petty, Ingrid Heatly, Jeremy Bugler

size of Herefordshire


Don’t forget the National Minimum wage goes up on 1st April

On the 1 April 2017, the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates for all age bands and for apprentices will increase. Mistakes can be costly, avoid this one and don’t fall foul of underpaying minimum wage.

   –   Find out the new rates of pay at

   –   Remember to take appropriate payroll action for anybody who is eligible in your organisation.

You can find further information on the National Minimum wage at




Channel 4’s “FIND IT FIX IT FLOG IT”

Have you got a barn or shed stuffed with unwanted clutter?

Then Channel 4’s Find It, Fix It, Flog It is looking for you!

Our presenters will restore and upcycle your old items  – Making you big money in the process.

To take part, contact the production team:


Tel:  02920 223456

Address:  Find It Fix It Flog It, Yeti Television, Floor 9, Southgate House, Cardiff, CF10 1GR

Applications must be made by 31st July 2017


New RDPE Growth Programme – capital grants for tourism projects and food & drink processing activities

The RDPE Growth Programme administered by DEFRA has launched calls for applications for:- 

Capital Grants to support tourism projects and food & drink processing activities in the Marches LEP area

·         £1m is available to develop visitor attractions, tourist information, and recreational and small scale infrastructure projects including holiday accommodation.

·         £2.5m has been allocated to grow and enhance the food and drink sector by supporting micro, small and medium-sized food producers and processors looking to expand and create jobs.

Workshops for applicants are being held in the local Growth Hubs.   For details, and to book your place,  below are the links to the Eventbrite pages for the DEFRA events:

·         Herefordshire

·         Shropshire


Further information about making an application, forms and guidance can be found online at:

Guidelines for the grants in this area will be listed under the Marches LEP.