[13.08.20] Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Review 19/20

The Somerset Rivers Authority's (SRA) Annual Report for 2019-20 has just been published. It showcases some of the SRA’s many achievements over the past 12 months and is a good, interesting read. Click here to read more, and download the report. Read more

[1.06.20] RPA Press Release: Bridging Payments For Stewarship Agreements Complete

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed that more than 3,800 bridging payments worth around £43 million have been made to farmers and land managers, in May 2020. Click here to read the full release... Read more

[18.05.20] John Martin, Past Chairman of Devon FWAG and KAS Founder, Sadly Passed Away on 29th April 2020

John Martin, ex Chairman of Devon FWAG in the early 1990's and one of the founders of the Kingfisher Awards Scheme, sadly passed away on 29th April, after a short illness. John farmed between Witheridge and Tiverton in Devon. Read more

[12.05.20] FWAG SW Update: Government Guidance on Coronavirus

In light of Coronavirus we are keeping FWAG SW activities under constant review and in line with government guidance. Please click here to read our full, current guidance. Read more

[28.04.20] Important updates from the Rural Payments Agency

The RPA have sent announced updates regarding 'Extra month to claim for farm payments', 'Bridging payments to give cash injection for stewardship customers' as well as 'Vigilance against fraud'. Click here to read these updates in full. Read more

[24.04.20] Natural Flood Management Auction Round III

The third round of the Natural Flood Management (NFM) auction in Somerset was delivered by FWAG SouthWest in March 2020, in partnership with the Environment Agency and funded by Somerset Rivers Authority. Click here to read more... Read more

[17.04.20] Agricology Press Release

Partners Rally to Share Practical, Sustainable Farming Techniques in the Wake of Coronavirus Social Distancing Measures. To read the full release click here... Read more

[08.04.20] NFU Press Release: Enjoy the countryside –but please be responsible and keep your distance

A major concern for farmers with regards to Covid-19 has been around Rights of Way and how the public use these safely whilst also taking due regard for the farmers who work and often live there. The NFU have release a full press release today on this guidance, read the full release here. Read more

[20.03.20] Press Release: Three crop rule relaxed and £6 million fund for farmers after wet winter

The government has announced plans to relax the three crop rule for 2020 and also an extension of the Flood Recovery Fund. Find out full information by clicking here... Read more

[4.03.20] Farmers Invited to Bid Online for Somerset Flood Works

Farmers across Somerset are being invited to bid in the county’s biggest auction yet for works to help stop flooding. The auction will run online from Wednesday 18th March to Monday 30th March at www.naturebid.org.uk, following successful trials funded by Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) in 2018 and 2019. Read more

[30.01.20] Quantock Hills AONB Press Release: A £2.6m boost for the Quantocks

After four years of development the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS) has been awarded a £1.8m National Lottery grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Read more

[22.01.20] Somerset Catchment Partnership Press Release: Aims to improve Water Quality

Anthony Gibson, the Chair of the Somerset Catchment Partnership (SCP), had a meeting yesterday (Tuesday 21st January 2020) with Rebecca Pow, Defra Parliamentary Secretary, to discuss what the Government can do to help the SCP do more to improve the water quality and biodiversity of Somerset’s rivers in the face of ever greater challenges. Read more

[18.12.19] RPA PRESS RELEASE: RPA makes full payment to thousands of rural businesses

More than 92% of farmers received their 2019 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money in the first two weeks of the payment window. Read more

[28.10.19] RPA PRESS RELEASE: Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme

Click here to read the full press release from the RPA, on the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme Read more

[18.10.19] Interreg Co-Adapt Riverland Project update

A Riverlands project - October update Read more

[17.10.19] Event write up: Working Trees on the Farm

Last week, Farmer Guardian of the Upper Thames, Thames Water Farmers and FWAG Members were invited to Whittington Lodge Farm by Ian Boyd to learn about working trees on the farm. Read more

[4.10.19] Ash Dieback Resilience Forum Shortlisted for Tesco 'Bags of Help' Fundraiser!

From today the Ash Dieback Resilience Forum will be one of three local causes shortlisted for a Tesco “Bags of Help” Centenary Grant of between £10,000 and £25,000 for the Saving Devon's Treescapes project, led by the Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Forum. Read more

[16.09.19] Saving seeds for the future – how farmers in Cornwall are helping scarce species

Two advisers (Becky Hughes and Lawrie Sampson) from FWAG South West in Cornwall recently spent a drizzly but fascinating day on the north Cornwall coast, helping staff from Plantlife and Kew collect thousands of seeds from a rare arable plant, to become part of the vast genetic resource at the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB). Read more

[11.09.19] Ash Dieback Farmer Information Sheet

Ash dieback is a highly infectious fungal disease originating from East Asia, which is threatening to wipe out our native Ash trees. There is no known cure and no clear method for stopping its spread. Currently there is a total ban on the movement of both ash seed and trees for planting. Read more

[10.09.19] What are YOUR experiences of herbal leys?

Agri-tech Cornwall would also like to know your opinions and experiences of multi-species swards, and temporary leys in general, in our new survey. The survey takes up to 15 minutes to complete and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £50 gift voucher. Read more

[10.09.19] Study farms required for project looking at the management of docks in grassland

North Wyke are currently looking for farmers in the local area to join a European funded project which aims to develop integrated weed management tools for the management of herbaceous weeds in perennial crops. Read more

[28.08.19] Bronze Otter Award for Farming Conservation Presented to Chubbs Farm, Devon

Earlier this month a group of like-minded, local farmers, friends and colleagues turned out to Chubbs Farm, near Axminster to celebrate Phil Short winning the Devon Bronze Otter award in 2018 for the remarkable and innovative conservation work he is undertaking on his farm. Read more

[20.08.19] Wood for Water Project

The North Devon Biosphere and the Blackdown Hills AONB are offering advice and grants in North Devon, East Devon and North Cornwall. Read more