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Latest Bracken Control Group Newsletter

The September edition of the Bracken Control Group newsletter is available:

Bracken Control - BBC Radio Wales

The Country Focus programme, broadcast on Radio Wales at 07:00 on Sunday 23 September, included interviews with Mike Davies, while working with a helicopter spraying bracken and with me to provide a national view.  We got 12 minutes of coverage and the programme is available on iPlayer until 30 September.

Hill Farming Training successful 'dry run' day

DEFRA pledges £680m to rural development

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published its Rural Statement, billed as ‘a contract to give rural communities the power to hold Government to account on rural growth.’

The Federation responds to Natural England's call for evidence

The Federation submitted evidence (see below) for the second phase of Natural England's Uplands Review covering the following subject:

Warcop consultation flawed

MOD undertook a public consultation between May and July this year on its proposal to revise two undertakings given in respect of land at Warcop Training Area. The Federation was not invited to take part in the consultation/ comment on the proposals. We heard about it through a solicitor in  Appleby after the end of the consultation period. 

New revised edition of a Common Purpose guide is out

Millions of people have a stake in common land.  There are 7,000 commons in England covering nearly 400,000 ha, ranging from the highest mountains to the heart of towns and cities.

Visitors from Ireland and Wales

The Federation hosted two groups of visitors this summer keen to learn about how we manage our commons. Despite the really wet summer, we had glorious weather for both visits.

Average wool price up by 22p kilo

The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) has announced an increase in wool payments for producers.

The average clip value has increased for the fourth consecutive year by 22p per kg to £1.24ppkg for 2011 season. According to the BWMB wool auction prices have risen over the last couple of years due to strong global demand particularly from China. It is hoped these prices will be maintained for the 2012 season although there has been slower growth in China in recent months.

Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective (MESME): A Bad Deal for Upland Farmers

Controversy has arisen over Natural England’s launch of the “Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective” (MESME) initiative. Several new options are being introduced (mostly applicable only in the lowlands) and points available for low priority options are being reduced or their prescriptions are being made more demanding.

Important developments on Greening of CAP

THE European Commission has accepted participation in agri-environment schemes could enable farmers to be exempt from at least some Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) greening measures.

The Commission has tabled a ‘concept paper' which makes a number of concessions that reflect the demands of an increasingly influential group of member states, including the UK, currently working together to re-write the greening proposals.  

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