An update on ‘Grandfather rights’ and professional pesticide use

With the rules about the application of pesticides changing recently, many people may not be completely clear about the implications so here is the latest information from the Farming Advice Service: Under the previous UK legislation governing pesticide use, people born before 31 December 1964 who used an agricultural product on their own or their …

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Membership recruiter vacancy with RBST

This might suit someone with an interest in supporting rare breeds and looking for a little part-time work. Do you like going to Agricultural shows & talking to people? You need to be a bright, enthusiastic and self-motivated individual, with an interest in farm animals, conservation and the countryside. The Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) …

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Viable Self-Sufficiency book – a KickStarter project

From the publishers of Home Farmer magazine comes a new book called “Viable Self-Sufficiency – The Ultimate Guide to Living off the Land” which has been written by committed long-time smallholders, Tim and Dot Tyne. This is the most comprehensive guide to living off the land since John Seymour’s seminal book “The Complete Book of …

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New course added – Woodland Management Training

Details have just been added to the calendar for a new workshop/training event. This is a Woodland Management Training course which takes place in March and places are limited so if interested get in touch with the organiser as soon as possible. Full details can be found on the Woodland Management Training event page or …

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Would you like to be part of a TV documentary?

A television production company in London (Pi Productions) are looking for people who are planning to make a major relocation in order to change their lifestyle and run a business. Ideally this would be a lifestyle or rural business, for example, a smallholding, a B&B or holiday let cottages, a country pub, or even a …

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Gathering input for the Defra Smallholders focus groups

There will be 2 NPS members attending the Defra Smallholders focus group next month so we would like to gather any relevant comments from other members as well. These will be collated and those attending can ensure as many of them as possible are raised during the discussions. The following initial concerns were noted during …

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