Sir Ben Slade of Maunsel House near Taunton in Somerset has announced the sale of his land holding on the Somerset Levels and Moors. This is believed to be the largest private holding on the Somerset Levels and Moors extending to about 400 acres. The land has been farmed in an environmentally focussed manner for many years and is of international environmental importance due to its rich variety of plant and birdlife.
The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act was passed in Parliament by MSPs in 2016 and came into force on the 01 December 2017, marking the dawn of a new era in the Scottish private rented sector.
The Act sees the current system of Short Assured Tenancy Agreements swept away and replaced with a single ‘Private Residential Tenancy’ (PRT), with key differences that include an end to fixed term tenancies, an end to no fault evictions and a more simplistic tenancy system.
Natland Millbeck Farm Ice Cream Parlour and Café is being offered to the market for the first time since it was developed in 2006 as part of a family farm. Heather Gardner, who established the parlour with her daughter-in-law Louise, has made a difficult decision to retire and hang up the scoops at the attractive stone built premises which will now be offered on a leases basis for a new operator to make their mark.
We are disappointed to announce that the 2017 Keswick Show has been cancelled due to the amount of wet weather Keswick has received over the past few weeks. This decision has been made between the committee and the land owners to preserve the land.
The past few years have been a washout in and around Keswick and the Lake District unfortunately, and we sincerely hope that future years look a lot brighter for both land owners, as well as agricultural show visitors.
Our final show in the season is the Westmorland Show on the 14th September. The Edwin Thompson trade stand will be placed on block C, stand 78. Please do visit us there for our usual refreshments and warm drinks. We’ve got our fingers crossed for some September sun!
Whilst both local and national politicians jostle for position behind the scenes, work of bringing forward secondary regulation in order to implement the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) 2016 continue, but perhaps not at the speed which many hoped for.
To date, the main issues affecting the agricultural sector have been the establishment of the land commission and appointment of a tenant farming commissioner together with the implementation of an expanded range of eligible assignees and successors to traditional 1991 Act tenancies. Questionnaires have been sent out in respect of the rating of deer forests and shooting rights but no rateable values announced as yet. Read More