Useful Links for Information


Useful ContactsFarming CharitiesUseful Information LinksInitiatives & PartnershipsGrants & FundingAwards and Competitions to apply for
Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board:
Beef & Lamb  –  Clive Brown    Email:
Cereals  –  Richard Meredith    Email:
Potatoes  –  Anne Stone    Email:
Dairy  –  Thom Washbourne    Email:
Animal Health & Trading Standards (Herefordshire):
Tim Barber
Tel: 01432 383145
Fax: 01432 383169
British Cattle Movements Service (BCMS):
Bulmer Foundation:
Campaign for the Farmed Environment:
Herefordshire Co-ordinator – Caroline Hanks
Tel: 07779080940
Catchment Sensitive Farming: Wye and Lugg Catchments
East of A49 – James Griffiths
Tel: 01746 718 032
West of A49 – Wayne Davies
Tel: 01588 640 980
Country Land & Business Association:
Richard Goodwin
Tel: 01785 337010
Environment Agency:
Sharon Chisholm (Tues, Weds, Thurs)
Tel: 02030 251692
Farming Advice Service:
Health & Safety Executive:
Herefordshire Brand:
Herefordshire Business Board:
Herefordshire Community Foundation:
Herefordshire Council Emergency Planning:
Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs:
Tel: 01432 274 187
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:
Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators:
Tel: 01604 770372
Marches Growth Hub:
Marches Local Enterprise Partnership:
Tel: 01743 462 026
Malvern Hills AONB
Malvern Hills Conservators
National Farmers Union: (Herefordshire)
Clare Greener
Tel: 01432 807464 or 07771 626080
Pasture Fed Livestock:
Rural Payments Agency:
Severn Trent Water:
Susie Bamber
Tel: 07921676664
Tenant Farmers Association:
Tel: 0118 930 6130
Women In Rural Enterprise (WiRE):
Tel: 01952 815338

Duchy WiRE Herefordshire
Sandy Green

West Mercia Police:
Wye & Usk Foundation
Tel: 07766 330 959
Kate Adams
Wye Valley AONB:
Tel: 01600 713977
Email General Enquires:
Do you need support or do you know someone who may benefit from support:-

Addington Fund:
Tel: 01926 620 135
Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy helpline:
Tel: 07958 591 646
Farming Community Network:
Tel: 03000 111 999
Farming Help:
Tel: 0845 367 9990
Tel: 0808 2819490
You Are Not Alone (YANA):
Tel: 0300 323 0400
Basic Payment Scheme 2017 - Rules, Greening etc
Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations: Apply to make changes to rural land
How to request an EIA screening decision and if necessary, apply for consent to cultivate previously uncultivated land or semi-natural areas, or restructure land features.
Inspections on Farms
Information about who will inspect your farm, what they’re looking for and any penalties you may get.
National Living Wage
National Minimum Wage Rates
Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) 2017-2020

NVZ rules and guidance:-

Click here to find out if your land is in an NVZ

Waste Exemptions - Register online
Welsh Government Cross Compliance 2017 - Rules & Guidance
Workplace Pensions / Auto Enrolment
Details about your start date can be found by visiting
Further information is available from the Government Website:
Herefordshire Rural Hub works in partnership with a large number of organisations on initiatives that provide support to the farming and rural businesses in the County.

Farm Herefordshire
Farm Herefordshire is a group of organisations that actively support farming in Herefordshire through the promotion of good practice, training and advice.

Herefordshire faces challenges in meeting the phosphate targets of the River Wye’s Special Area of Conservation. All industries, including agriculture, will be expected to reduce their phosphate contribution proportionally.

The Farm Herefordshire initiative will actively support farmers in addressing these challenges by promoting good practice, facilitating innovative approaches and ensuring that the county’s farmers and growers have access to practical and user-friendly advice.

Faster Farmers
Fastershire is delivering faster broadband to Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and providing the opportunity for businesses to take advantage of faster speeds. The Faster Farmers initiative is providing farming businesses with networking opportunities, workshops and training to enable an increase in digital confidence, internet usage and online activity.

Green Futures
The ‘Green Futures’ delivery programme has been developed in 2005 by a group drawn from organisations and agencies who were committed to helping the farming community adjust to the massive changes facing their industry. As the Green Futures Team, these organisations (CLA, Campaign for the Farmed Environment, Catchment Sensitive Farming, Environment Agency, Farming Advice Service, Natural England, NFU, and the Rural Hubs have formed a solid working partnership collaborating together with the pooling of expertise and resources and producing an effective and successful delivery programme. The aim is to ensure that all farmers in the West Midlands have the opportunity to get up to date to the changes in the rules, regulation, legislation and compliance by organising seminars across the region in February/March each year.


Herefordshire Sustainable Food & Tourism Partnership
This is a voluntary coalition formed in 2014 of key individuals, organisations and networks committed to providing strategic oversight for the development and delivery of sustainable food and tourism strategies. Partnership members include the Duchy of Cornwall, National Farmers Union, Visit Herefordshire, Herefordshire Rural Hub, the Rural and Farming Network, Herefordshire Council and the Bulmer Foundation. Administrative support is provided by Herefordshire Rural Hub, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Bulmer Foundation.


Herefordshire Meadows
What does the future hold for Herefordshire’s Meadows?

Do you enjoy the buzz of a summer meadow, sharing ideas and skills with other meadow owners?

Would you like to find out more about scrub management, weed control, conservation grazing, green hay strewing, restoring and creating meadows, arable reversion to grassland, and much more?

Are you interested in sharing skills, machinery and livestock to improve meadows across the County?

Do you want to increase your chances of getting into the new Countryside Stewardship scheme ?

Would you like to improve your wildflower, pollinator and other wildlife ID skills ?

If you would like to know more about the network please contact:  Caroline Hanks

Tel: 01981 251016 / 07779 080940



West Mercia and Warwickshire Rural & Business Crime Fund – Herefordshire Rural Hub Communications Project
We are very grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner of West Mercia for sponsorship of our newsletter from April 2015 to March 2017, with a grant from the West Mercia & Warwickshire Rural & Business Crime Fund.

Rural and business crime are identifed as priority issues within the West Mercia Police and Crime Plan. Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have published strategies to address both business crime and rural crime in support of these priority areas. £1.5 million has been allocated each year, across both West Mercia and Warwickshire, for five years in support of initiatives which address rural, business and cyber crime.

West Midlands Events Delivery Calendar
In 2015 Herefordshire Rural Hub was asked by a group of organisations, delivering farmer events in the West Midlands, to work on a joint events calendar for the region. The calendar is held on “TeamUp” – This is initiative is currently funded by Catchment Sensitive Farming (Natural England) and Severn Trent Water Ltd.
Basic Payment Scheme 2017
Herefordshire Corn Exchange Award
Applications for funding are always welcome and should be made in the first instance Tom Nellist.


Herefordshire’s Prince’s Countryside Fund for training

The Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (HFYFC) working in partnership with Herefordshire Rural Hub have been successful in securing a second round of funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund. This will provide support for training in a rurally based career over the next 3 years, to the end of December 2019. The funding is easy to access. All you need to do is select which course you would like to go on and complete the application form. You will be notified within 1 month if you have been successful or not. If your application is approved you will be able to reclaim 70% of your training and test costs, up to a maximum of £250. Applicants are required to be a member of HFYFC (aged 10yrs – 26yrs) or a past HFYFC member (27 – 40 yrs).

The fund will support training that will; improve your employability, increase or improve your skill set, improve your safety or allow you to undertake extra responsibility in your current job.

For further details and an application form please contact:

Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC, Agriculture House, Beech Business Park, Tillington Road, Hereford, HR4 9QJ

Tel: 01432 268 428


Jack Hughes Fund
In 2015 the Herefordshire Community Foundation took on the management of funds that were originally raised by the Herefordshire Proficiency Test Committee (HPTC). This is being used to support a County-wide training fund that is named after the late Jack Hughes, who was the founder of Herefordshire PTC, and did so much work in ensuring that training skills were accessible and available to the farming community in Herefordshire and in particular for young farmers.

Having supported 50 Herefordshire farmers in 2015 with funding for the Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides Grandfather Rights training we are now launching a new programme which is designed to sit alongside the Prince’s Countryside Funding (as explained above). This will be available for farmers aged over 40 yrs and will specifically provide funds to support those who require:

  • retraining or upskilling as they are leaving the industry
  • training to support a new farm diversification enterprise
  • training or business support for succession planning

If your application is approved you will be able to reclaim 70% of your training and test costs, up to a maximum of £250.

The Jack Hughes Fund is administered by Herefordshire Community Foundation.
For further details and an application form please contact:

Herefordshire Community Foundation, The Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street, Hereford HR4 9HP.

Tel: 01432 272550




Marches Building Investment Grant Scheme

The programme is now open for applications

The Marches Building Investment Grant is a scheme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund which is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin areas.

Capital grants are available for up to 45% of total eligible project costs (to a maximum £100,000) to reconfigure, extend and renovate premises for commercial use.  Applicants can be owner-occupiers or tenants. Tenants must have a fixed-term lease with at least six years unexpired. Retrospective applications are not eligible and no work should start until written approval is received.

Eligible projects must lead to the creation of at least one full time equivalent job within four months of the building completion works and the overall total number of jobs created will be taken into account when assessing the level of grant awarded.

The grant is primarily available to businesses which trade with other businesses (B2B).

As a guide, generally the following activities are not eligible for grant support:

  • Online retail or rental businesses.
  • Businesses involved solely in the retail sale of goods. Businesses that provide services to both the general public and other businesses should discuss their potential eligibility with the project team.
  • Restaurants, drinking establishments and fast food takeaways.
  • Bed and Breakfasts/ hotel establishments
  • Home-based businesses that mainly provide services or goods on a similar basis to classes A1 to A5
  • Activities which require planning that fall the under the Use Class part A, C and D in the Town and Country Planning (use classes) order 1987 e.g. operate by providing services and/or goods to the consumer.
  • Agents or sub-contractors involved in the sale of goods / products to the public.
  • Support for farm and farm diversification projects where the end use is agricultural or related to annex 1 (retail).
  • Businesses in arrears with business rates or council tax payments (this will be checked if invited to proceed to next stage)

However, this list is not exhaustive and if you have any queries about the eligibility of your activity, please contact the programme team.

The key eligibility criteria for the scheme is that the building will be used for business purposes once the works are completed, and will create jobs. These grants are not available for conversion to/ refurbishment of residential property, or for buildings that will be for agricultural or horticultural purposes. If you are a farmer applying for a grant, please discuss your proposal with the Building Investment Grant Team at the earliest opportunity due to European restrictions with this funding for those involved in primary production and processing.

Grants are paid towards the costs directly associated with the conversion/alteration of a building. Funds are not available for purchasing the property, equipment, or ‘excessive’ landscaping (i.e. landscaping not specified in planning permission).

Contact – If you think your proposal may be eligible for funding please contact the Marches Building Investment programme team via email:   or call the team on (01432) 260662 or 260787

The Marches Building Investment Grant programme has been awarded £2.5 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the ERDF.  Established by the European Union, the ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme microsite.

For updates on other funding opportunities please visit Marches Growth Hub website or contact the dedicated business support hotline on 0345 6000727.

Nuffield Scholarships
RDPE Growth Programme - Marches LEP area

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.

Two major strands include funding for food and drink businesses that process agricultural and horticultural products, and a rural tourism grant for small businesses and farmers who want to diversify. 
Grants will usually be in excess of £35,000

  • £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.

The grants are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD),  which is part of the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).

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

Awards and Competitions to apply for:

The Small Awards

Applications for this year’s awards are now closed, but details of the awards are on the website:


Henry Plumb Awards
Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017
The window for nominations for these awards is now closed, and applications are being judged and shortlisted.
All finalists will be invited to the Awards ceremony on Thursday 15 June 2017.

Click here to go to the website for more details, or contact the Events team:-
Tel: 01905 673624