Residential farm offers privacy and seclusion

South West Farmer: Brook Farm, Ivybridge

10:40am Friday 11th April 2014

Rarely do farms come available for sale in South Devon as they are what some may describe as a “prize possession” not only because of the lifestyle that may be enjoyed with the wide open spaces but also because of the privacy they offer with the dwelling usually being surrounded by it’s own land.

20-acre solar installation secures a bright future for West Devon farm

South West Farmer: Linda and Geoff Petherick retired from milk production in 2006 after a period of low milk prices saw their farm’s overdraft escalate.

9:24am Thursday 10th April 2014

Leasing a proportion of their farm for a solar PV (photovoltaic) development and replacing their dairy cows with sheep has secured the future of Eastacombe Farm for Geoff and Linda Petherick.

Where would you build your dream Grand Design home in north Devon

South West Farmer: Body found in search for missing Devon man

10:06am Monday 7th April 2014

AN Opportunity has arisen for buyers to build two ‘grand design’ homes on land at Heal Farm in Umberleigh, north Devon.

'Significant' land-based skills shortage in UK

South West Farmer: Plans for huge solar farm on MP Richard Drax’s estate facing judicial review

8:36am Monday 7th April 2014

The Baroness Young of Old Scone hosted an event on Thursday which saw the launch of an updated report on the future skills and employment needs of the land-based and environmental industries.

Act Now to Take Full Advantage of the Latest Changes to Rural Planning

South West Farmer: Steve Quartermain

11:13am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Rural Solutions the nationwide planning and development specialist is urging rural land owners to act now to take full advantage of the latest changes to Rural Planning policy.

Somerset wind farm plan rejected

9:13am Wednesday 10th April 2013

Plans to build four wind turbines on the Somerset Levels have been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council.

Further delay to domestic Renewable Heat Initiative

6:50am Friday 29th March 2013

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for domestic customers has been hit by further delays.

Renewable energy survey gets underway

2:15pm Tuesday 19th March 2013

A new survey called ‘Renewable Energy: What do you need to know?’ has been launched to identify what information farmers and landowners need to help overcome the confusion surrounding investing in renewable energy.

Cornish family uses wind to reduce energy costs

2:00pm Monday 18th February 2013

Across the country, from Cornwall to Orkney, people are reducing energy costs and carbon emissions by generating their own energy using the power in the wind.

Power to the small wind turbine

4:50pm Friday 8th February 2013

Across the country, from Cornwall to Orkney, people are reducing energy costs and carbon emissions by generating their own energy using the power in the wind.

Commercial stock farm for sale

4:00pm Tuesday 5th February 2013

Whitefield Farm, Knowstone, South Molton, Devon – extending to a ring fence of 235 acres of productive arable and pasture land – is being marketed by Stags at a guide price of £1.6 million.

Generate free heat and power with GreenGenUK

11:20am Monday 4th February 2013

A one stop shop for renewable energy information, GreenGenUK offers advice on what technology is best for farms, guidance on planning permission or a full proposal for an installation. Farmers can rest assured a member of the green team at GreenGenUK will be able to help on all these matters.

Be a biomass early bird

3:00pm Friday 1st February 2013

At the moment the payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are very generous, they are index linked, paid for 20 years and can pay for a biomass boiler installation in well under five years, thereafter they form a useful additional income stream.

Focus on wind power

5:00pm Thursday 31st January 2013

While recent reductions to feed-in-tariff rates have disappointed many, changes to the structure of the scheme now offer new benefits to landowners, farmers, businesses and communities able to install multiple small wind turbines on their land.

NFU urges EU policy makers to learn from sheep tagging mistakes

12:50pm Sunday 27th January 2013

The NFU has urged European policy makers to learn from their mistakes on the law governing the electronic tagging of sheep when implementing new rules for bovine electronic identification (EID).

Boost for farmers planning renewable energy projects

9:10am Sunday 27th January 2013

In order to encourage the installation of solar projects on buildings, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that buildingmounted solar PV projects will receive a separate Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC).

Mr Tonks is no chicken: St Ewe Free Range Eggs shell out on second PV system from Cornwall Solar Panels

6:20pm Saturday 26th January 2013

With Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems now becoming a popular agricultural investment, Mr Richard Tonks of St Ewe Free Range Eggs is putting in to place phase two of his journey into smart investing, energy independence and becoming a low carbon, environmentally friendly business.

South west farmers urged to take financial advice over storage

3:00pm Monday 21st January 2013

FARMERS who use their buildings for storage purposes are being urged to take expert financial advice to avoid falling into a new VAT trap.

Improve respiratory health in stables with ventilated walls

6:30am Sunday 20th January 2013

Horse owners or yard managers could dramatically improve respiratory health by installing an innovative perforated wall on stabling and indoor schools.

Empty buildings could be a tax headache

11:00am Friday 18th January 2013

FARMERS who were encouraged to turn unused buildings in to commercial units to increase the diversity of rural business may now be regretting the move as properties are handed back by cash-stricken tenants.

How to go about getting a barn conversion

6:00am Wednesday 16th January 2013

IN recent years, planning authorities have tended to favour the reuse of barns and other rural buildings for business use rather than residential use, with some removing residential conversions from policy completely.

UK's most southerly farm up for grabs

8:20am Thursday 25th October 2012

A chance to look after the most southerly farm on the British mainland is on offer from the National Trust.

Alliance welcomes new funding for affordable homes

9:00am Friday 7th September 2012

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the government’s announcement of £300m new funding to build up to 15,000 affordable homes and bring 5,000 empty ones back into use.

Wind calculator launched for farmers

8:00am Saturday 1st September 2012

Small scale turbine specialist SIAC Wind Energy is inviting farmers to visit to use a bespoke calculator tool to assess their wind energy potential.

Hunt for new competition site is on

South West Farmer: Hunt for new competition site is on

8:30am Friday 22nd June 2012

A new site is being sought to host charity's annual hedge laying competition

Still time to join scheme

9:00am Wednesday 16th May 2012

THE government’s flagship RDPE environmental stewardship schemes are still open to new applicants.

Changes are not nearly enough

3:00pm Monday 7th May 2012

New government policy to streamline the planning process is helpful, but does not go far enough, according to the NFU.

Agricultural Rents Database

3:00pm Thursday 26th April 2012

Average 25 per cent increase in agricultural rents in 2011 - FBTs and increasing profitability are factors say Smiths Gore

Farmhouses have to be in agricultural use

12:00pm Tuesday 17th April 2012

FARMHOUSES must be kept in “agricultural occupation” to avoid losing tax relief after a tribunal ruling last month.

Prices set to peak

3:00pm Monday 16th April 2012

History shows that the soaring value of farmland could soon be reaching a peak at the end of the current recession, according to Nicholas Durrant, chairman of Durrants.

Stags delighted with on-site sales trade

8:00am Monday 16th April 2012

Stags on-site sales team were delighted with the trade from start to finish as a huge crowd descended on Stowford Grange Farm, Lewdown, near Okehampton last month.

Police launch new operation

9:00am Friday 6th April 2012

Police in Devon and Cornwall are calling on the farming community to help them crack down on rural crime – and especially on the theft of quad bikes.

New four legged patrols launched

South West Farmer: New four legged patrols launched

1:20pm Wednesday 4th April 2012

Avon and Somerset Police are launching a new pilot scheme in West Somerset that will see both two and four-legged volunteers stepping forward to help.

Tribunal blow for farmhouse tax relief

South West Farmer: Catherine Vickery

12:00pm Friday 23rd March 2012

Farmers must be careful to keep farmhouses in agricultural occupation following a successful appeal by HM Revenue & Customs in the Atkinson case.

Historic estate up for auction

South West Farmer: Historic estate up for auction

12:00pm Monday 19th March 2012

THREE pieces of local history are up for sale in Dorset as part of the historic Bladen Estate goes under the hammer.

Inheritance relief for holiday lets

12:00pm Tuesday 13th March 2012

News that business property relief from Inheritance Tax can be secured on farmers’ holiday cottages has been given a cautious welcome.

Move fast before solar subsidies are slashed

South West Farmer: Move fast before solar subsidies are slashed

9:00am Sunday 11th March 2012

FARMERS looking to install solar panels on their properties should move quickly before subsidies are slashed further by the government.

Death of solar energy reports are exaggerated

3:42pm Wednesday 8th February 2012

The reports of the death of solar energy following the Government’s decision to review feed in tariffs (FITs) are exaggerated advises Brian Dinnis of leading agents Acorn Rural Property Consultants.

Solar energy not dead yet

10:25am Monday 18th April 2011

The reports of the death of solar energy following the Government’s decision to review feed in tariffs (FITs) are exaggerated advises Brian Dinnis of leading agents Acorn Rural Property Consultants.

Land investor needed

South West Farmer: Openings for budding farmers seldom come along in more attractive form than a land holding near Bath

4:11pm Wednesday 9th February 2011

The 146 acres of pasture and arable land with buildings at Roundhill Farm, Kelston, is being let by an owner who would like help on his remaining holding from the new tenant

Farmers warned of holiday cottage tax changes

3:34pm Wednesday 9th February 2011

At the end of last year, the government published draft clauses for its Finance Bill 2011, including proposed revisions on furnished holiday lettings. Richard Baker from legal firm Stephens Scown examines what this will mean for farmers who own properties in the South West.

Excellent outlook for 2011

South West Farmer: Richard Nocton

3:46pm Wednesday 12th January 2011

The outlook for 2011 is excellent reports Richard Nocton of the Farm & Rural Marlborough office of Woolley & Wallis.

Rent local premises

3:43pm Wednesday 12th January 2011

Smiths Gore, in Taunton, is marketing a number of properties which are ideally placed for businesses looking to rent local premises.

Largest sale to-date

South West Farmer: Mappowder Court. 683 acres with a five bedroom manor house

1:52pm Wednesday 22nd December 2010

The sale of Mappowder Court will be the largest of this year to date of vacant freehold land in Dorset. The 683 acres are accompanied by a handsome Grade II* Listed five bedroom Manor house, a pair of cottages, a new grain store and a large livery yard with an all-weather gallop.

Interest in the Vale

8:10am Thursday 21st October 2010

Westcountry Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents Stags had a packed auction room at Taunton Racecourse.

Sale’s high demand

4:16pm Wednesday 20th October 2010

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Farm Sales Department were delighted to be back in Dorset for the Dispersal of Mr and Mrs David Jeanes Dairy herd and Machinery following the sale of Factory Farm, Gillingham

An east Devon idyll

South West Farmer: In God’s country – Yarde Farm sits close to the edge of the Blackdown Hills in East Devon

3:32pm Wednesday 1st September 2010

Yarde Farm is a delightful stone-built house situated amidst glorious east Devon countryside on the edge of the Blackdown Hills.

Livestock farm

3:29pm Wednesday 1st September 2010

A rural property specialist based in Wiltshire has been appointed as vendor of a 210 acre (85.05 hectare) livestock farm.

Sold to Canadian

9:10am Thursday 5th August 2010

Stabdon Farm, Winkleigh, has been sold by Stags Farm Agency to a purchaser from Canada against a guide price of £2,448,000.

Farm in idyllic spot

South West Farmer: Trewalla Farm has a good range of outbuildings

3:19pm Wednesday 4th August 2010

Trewalla Farm is a stunning and secluded smallholding situated amongst picturesque Cornish countryside.


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