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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):
Brightspace Foundation (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 Federation of Young Farmers Clubs:
Tel: 01432 274 187
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:
Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators:
Tel: 01604 770372
Malvern Hills AONB
Malvern Hills Conservators
Marches Growth Hub:
Marches Local Enterprise Partnership:
Tel: 01743 462 026
National Farmers Union: (Herefordshire)
Clare Greener
Tel: 01432 807464 or 07771 626080
Pasture Fed Livestock:
Red Tractor - Farm & Food Assurance:
Rural Payments Agency:
Severn Trent Water:
Susie Bamber
Tel: 07921676664
Tenant Farmers Association:
Tel: 0118 930 6130
West Mercia Police:
Women In Rural Enterprise (WiRE):

Head office – Tel: 01952 815338

Duchy WiRE Herefordshire
Network leaders: Annie Neesham & Colita Dainton
Duchy Herefordshire WiRE Website:

Ledbury WiRE Group
Network leaders:
Mary Seldon & Janey Cotton
Ledbury WiRE Website:

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
Animal Transport Authorisations
For information click HERE
Basic Payment Scheme 2018 - Updates to Greening Rules
Basic Payment Scheme 2017 - Rules, Greening etc
Countryside Stewardship

Overview of Countryside Stewardship:-

For an application pack call  0208 026 1089

Higher Tier manual
Apply for application pack before 9th March
Deadline for submission of application is 13th April

Mid Tier manual
Apply for application pack before 31st May
Deadline for submission of application is 31st July

Countryside Stewardship: details of new simplified offer

  • Online Arable Offer 
  • Lowland Grazing Offer
  • Upland Offer
  • Mixed Farming Offer

The Online Arable Offer opens for application on 20th February.
The other 3 offers are open for application, and to request an application pack call 0208 026 1089.
The deadline for all is 31st July.
For more information go to

Countryside Stewardship – Hedgerows & Boundaries grants 2018

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Support

Cross Compliance Guidance England 2018
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.
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Good Finance Website for Social Enterprises

A new website to help charity trustees and social enterprise operators understand and access social investment has been launched by Big Society Capital, Access and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Good Finance website provides a range of online resources, guidance and case studies. The website also provides an online directory of social investors and advisers that can support organisations when applying for social investment.

For further information, go to:

Government Data (replacing What's In Your Back Yard)

Find data published by government departments and agencies including flooding maps, river quality, source protection zones, and NVZ designation.   Website:


Hedgelink is the partnership that brings everyone interested in hedgerows together, to share knowledge and ideas, to encourage and inspire, and to work with farmers and other land managers to conserve and enhance our hedgerow heritage.


Inspections on Farms
Information about who will inspect your farm, what they’re looking for and any penalties you may get.
Intensive Farming environmental guidance
For the guidance click HERE
National Living Wage
National Minimum Wage Rates
National Sprayer Testing Scheme


Checklist for when to test your sprayer:  sprayertestinga5web

Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) 2017-2020

NVZ rules and guidance:-

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

Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) updated 2017
Voluntary Initiative

Relevant advice and guidance from a programme developed to minimise the environmental impacts from pesticides.


Waste Exemptions - Register online
Waste Management (agricultural waste) - Duty of Care

Click here to download leaflet for the “Duty of Care” for the management of agricultural waste.

Welsh Government Cross Compliance 2018 - Up to date Rules & Guidance
What's In Your Backyard

Decommissioning of WIYB has been postponed.  For full details of where to access the data from WIYBY please refer to the specific pages HERE

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.

Farming 2020 Project

Achieving the 2020 Vision for Herefordshire’s Family Farms

The Herefordshire Rural Hub launched this project in April, with support from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, to provide a unique package of business support for farming families in Herefordshire.

We have been seeking family farming businesses to take part in this 3-year project with the aim of helping them to achieve long term viability in these challenging times.  A bespoke plan will be put together for each farm, to include free mentoring and business support

The feedback from those who have signed up has been that the scheme provides an excellent opportunity for families to all sit down together and discuss the future, a necessary starting point to aid planning in these uncertain times.

If you would like further information about the project please contact the Project Facilitator, Sarah Starkey.

Email:   or Telephone: 07974 438 517

Update in October 2017 – the project is progressing well, and we are very pleased to say that we now have our full quota of family farming businesses taking part in this project.

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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.

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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 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 group please contact:  Caroline Hanks

Tel: 01981 251016 / 07779 080940



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 2018
Countryside Productivity Scheme
The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme provides funding for projects in England which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help create jobs and growth in the rural economy. It is administered by the Rural Payments Agency.
Under the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme, there are grants for:
Improving forestry productivity (application deadline 3rd April 2018)
Water resource management and reservoirs (application deadline 29th June 2018)
Adding value to Agri-food products (application deadline 29th June 2018)  Grants to fund projects that improve the processing of primary agricultural products (i.e. Annex I products), benefiting the Agri-food supply chain which will in turn improve farm productivity.
Improving Farm Productivity (application deadline 3rd December 2018)  Grants to fund projects that improve farm productivity through the use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production; increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm; the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production; more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate.

Full details at:

Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) Scheme

Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) Scheme.

• The initial offer is for £15 million of small grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 for a range of equipment and technology to be used on farms
• Applications are due in by 14th March 2018.
• Applications will be scored after the closing date and applicants should be notified soon afterwards as to whether they have been successful.
• Full details are on the Countryside Productivity page on
• The page includes links to the Handbook and a portal to a very simple online application form.
• Applying online takes just a few minutes.
• Grants are available for a specified range of equipment.

The intention is that there will be further rounds of grants later in the year.


Dean Organic Fund
For small-scale organic/ecological growers and food businesses:
The Organic Research Centre, a leading independent research charity, has launched the new Dean Organic Fund at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. The fund offers interest-free loans, typically ranging from £5,000 to £25,000, to small-scale organic/ecological growers and food businesses.
The Dean Organic Trust was established in 1993 by Jennie Bone and following her death in 2016, the Dean Organic Trust’s assets and a legacy from Jennie Bone’s estate were transferred to the Organic Research Centre to create a significantly larger Dean Organic Fund.
Professor Nic Lampkin, from the Organic Research Centre, said, “The Dean Organic Fund is a rare opportunity for small-scale organic and similar operations to access interest-free loans. Jennie Bone was passionate about conserving wildlife in the farmed environment and she widely encouraged and promoted the environmental benefits of organic farming and growing. We are delighted to continue Jennie’s fantastic legacy and will look forward to receiving applications from eligible businesses.”
The Organic Research Centre is inviting applications for interest-free, unsecured loans from organic farmers and food producers who wish to expand their enterprises by investing in equipment or stock or would benefit from other working capital. The fund is also open to those producers that are not certified organic but whose operations are closely aligned with organic principles. The loans are repayable over periods of up to five years and applications are welcome from companies, sole traders, community or social enterprises and charity-owned businesses.
Further details and application packs are available through the Organic Research Centre’s website: or by email to Nic Lampkin on
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 must 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


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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.

The new 2017 programme will be available for farmers aged over 40 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

Funding will also be available for the following courses:

  • Safe use of pesticides – PA1, PA2, PA6
  • Rodent control on farms
  • Emergency first aid
  • Food safety (Basic Food Hygiene)
  • Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting (CS30)

The Jack Hughes Fund will fund up to a maximum of 70% pf the cost of training or costs up to a maximum of £150.  Funding will be limited to one family member/employee per annum.

The funding is easy to access but please note that the project will not support training retrospectively and places will be limited. Applicants need to be resident in Herefordshire.

  1. Select which course you would like to go on and book onto it.
  2. Complete this form and return to the address below.
  3. Applications will be reviewed within 4 weeks from the date of the receipt of the application.
  4. You will receive notification of whether your application has been successful within the four weeks from the date of the receipt of the application. If your funding has been approved you will be able to reclaim part of your costs limited to a £150 per person or up to 70% of the cost of the training.
  5. To receive your money you will have to submit your course/training certificate and copy of invoice for training after your training.
  6. Once this is signed off you will receive a BACS payment reimbursing you.

For further details and an application form please contact:

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

Tel: 01432 272550



LEADER programme 2015 – 2020 (Herefordshire)

What will the LEADER Programme do?

The main objective is to create jobs and economic growth by supporting rural businesses.

The programme themes are:

  • Support for micro and small enterprises, including farm diversification
  • Support for rural tourism
  • Support for increasing farm productivity
  • Support for increasing forestry provision
  • Provision of rural services
  • Support for cultural and heritage activities

Who can apply?  –  Project applications will be eligible from:

  • Micro businesses (0-9 employees) and small businesses (10-49 employees)
  • Qualifying micro and small farming and forestry businesses
  • Social enterprises
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community groups
  • Parish councils based in rural Herefordshire

How will I know if our project is eligible?

LEADER funding contributes to around 40% of total project costs. Cash match funding will be needed for around 60% of each project. This is a predominantly capital grant programme. Training, skills and running costs are not eligible for funding. Business addresses must be registered in the Herefordshire LEADER area.

Each project should read the Herefordshire LEADER Handbook please follow link to our webpage for further details of eligible and ineligible costs:

What outputs could my project achieve? 

An output is a measurable assessment of performance and success.

The main outputs for the programme are:  a)  Jobs created  &  b)  Businesses or holdings benefitting

How much can we apply for?  Projects may be eligible for a grant of £2,500 up to a maximum of normally £35,000 to fund specific activities. Higher grants may be awarded to projects demonstrating exceptional output levels.

Contact the team on 01432 383023/39 or email

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

Applications for 2017 are due in by 31st July 2017.

Full details are on the website:

If you are interested and want to talk to someone about the scheme, contact Ian Howie

Tel:  01981 570251      Email:

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

The 2017 Small Awards are now closed, but to find out more about them visit the website:-

Henry Plumb Awards
Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2017

Click here to go to the website for details of this year’s winners.