Monday, March 24, 2014

Bringing Common Sense to Tree Management

Tuesday 8 July 2014: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0RQ
Price: £15 CLA members; £25 non-members
Sponsored by Smiths Gore

The afternoon will begin with an introduction to the Boconnoc Estate woodland Anthony Fortescue.

This event is not only aimed at large woodland owners and managers but also those responsible for smaller numbers of trees where members are concerned about how proactive they need to be in regards tree safety management in order to mitigate their liability to third parties.

We will finish the afternoon with tea and cake and a tour of the Boconnoc Woodland with Anthony Fortescue and William Geach, head forester.

Boconnoc Sawmill was restored in 2010 to its former glory and now cuts wood for the estate. The sawmill is used to mill their own timber, mainly oak, which is turned into beams, lintels and other products to sell. It is run by a water powered turbine which was originally installed in 1909, prior to this it was powered by a water wheel.

Speakers will include:

• The Duchy of Cornwall’s forestry expert, Geraint Richards
• Forestry Commission’s Plant Health expert, Andy Hall
• CLA’s National Forestry & Woodlands Adviser, Mike Seville
• Perrie Hale Nurseries, Nick Davey
• Smiths Gore’s South West Forest Manager, Peter Topham

The seminar will cover the following:

• Practical experience of woodland management
• A view from the private sector
• Tree disease update and looking forwards
• Implementing the Tree Safety Guidance published by the National Tree Safety Group "Bringing Common Sense to Tree Management"
• Sourcing UK grown plants
• Extracting value from your woodlands

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Friday, November 1, 2013

No Nonfire Night Sky lantern

The CLA in the South West is urging all landowners - public and private - to ban the use of sky lanterns on their property this Bonfire Night.

The Association, which has been campaigning for an outright ban, says the lanterns are little more than uncontrolled flying bonfires and put livestock, crops and buildings at risk.

CLA South West Director, John Mortimer, said: “Sky lanterns, or Chinese lanterns, have become increasingly popular around this time of year. Our concern is that, once launched, they are capable of travelling for miles at the mercy of the wind and it is impossible to predict where they will land.

“We are encouraging our members not to allow them to be used on their land or at their events and venues - and we are also asking the public to think again about the risks of using them.”

The CLA says that expired lanterns landing in fields pose a risk of serious injury and even death to livestock and wildlife which have been known to ingest the abandoned frames, whether wire or bamboo, and suffer painful - and sometimes fatal - injuries as a result.

“But the biggest risk is posed by fire. There is also no guarantee the flame will have extinguished before it lands, potentially triggering a blaze that could destroys crops, forestry and buildings. Until these lanterns are finally banned, we will continue to discourage their use,” said Mr Mortimer.

Friday, August 16, 2013

CLA Breakfasts - Dorset Shows

The CLA, Old Mill and Porter Dodson will be hosting breakfasts at:

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show on 21 August - guest speaker Archie Montgomery from North Cadbury Court and Montgomery Cheddar
Melplash Show on 22 August - guest speaker Cleeves Palmer of Palmer's Brewery
Dorset County Show on 7 September - guest speaker Alice Kennard

All breakfasts will start at 8.30am in the Members' Marquee
Full English Breakfast

There is no charge for attendance but places must be booked in advance. Does not include entry to the show grounds - two for one offer on entry tickets available.

To book your place call CLA South West office 01249 700200 or email

Meet your CLA Advisers

Rural policy updates and a chance to tell us what you think about important issues of the day

12 events somewhere near you

20 & 21 November, 3 December and 11 December

Cost - These events are free to members and guests

Like it or not, landowners are affected by a whole host of rules and regulations. Whether it’s planning, CAP reform, renewable energy or agri-environment schemes, keeping up to date with changes in the rules is a constant challenge. CLA advisers are only a phone call away and our seminars are a good way to get detailed updates on particular topics.

This autumn, in association with professional CLA member firms, we are staging a series of short technical updates over breakfast, snack lunch or afternoon tea at local venues where members can get updates from CLA staff and other professionals on topical issues affecting them. But we also want to hear from you and there will be the opportunity for members to raise and bring to the attention of the CLA regional team other issues they feel are of concern to rural landowners and businesses in their county.

There will be 12 events in this programme, two in each of our six South West counties. These will be informal events in village halls and pubs in places where we are not always able to get to regularly. Hopefully you will be able to get along to one of them. Along with anything particularly topical, we will certainly be covering:

• CAP reform
• Changes to agri-environment schemes
• Changes to the agricultural ‘Permitted Development’ rules
• Renewable energy update

20 November

Warminster, Wiltshire 9.00am – 11.00am
The Ginger Piggery, Boyton Farm, Boyton, Warminster BA12 0SS
Supported by: James Miles-Hobbs of Rural Development Associates

Malmesbury, Wiltshire 1.00pm – 3.00pm
The Potting Shed, Crudwell, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9EP
Supported by: Nathan McLoughlin of McLoughlin Planning

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 4.00pm – 6.00pm
The Little Owl, 237 Cirencester Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8EB
Supported by: Nathan McLoughlin of McLouglin Planning

21 November

Oldbury on Severn, Gloucestershire 9.00am – 11.00am
The Anchor, Church Rd, Oldbury-on-Severn, Bristol BS35 1QA
Supported by: Richard White & Henry Gurney of Strutt & Parker

Crowcombe, Somerset 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Crowcombe Village Hall, Crowcombe, Taunton, Somerset TA4 4AQ
Supported by: James Stephen of Carter Jonas

Mells, Somerset 4.00pm – 6.00pm
The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset BA11 3PN
Supported by: David Glasson of David Glasson Planning

3 December

Blandford Forum, Dorset 9.00am – 11.00am
Crown Hotel, West St, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7AJ
Supported by: Patrick Woodford & Edward Dyke of Symonds & Sampson

Bridport, Dorset 1.00pm – 3.00pm
The Bull Hotel, 34 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3LF
Supported by: Andrew Dyke of Savills

Newton Abbott, Devon 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Daignton Park Golf Club, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, South Devon TQ12 5TN
Supported by: James Whilding of Acorus Rural Property Services

11 December

Barnstaple, Devon 9.00am – 11.00am
Portmore Golf Club, Barnstaple EX32 9LB 01271 378378
Supported by: Mark Howard of Michelmores

Lerryn, Cornwall 1.00pm – 3.00pm
The Ship Inn, Fore Street, Lerryn, Lostwithiel PL22 0TP
Supported by: Brian Harvey of Francis Clark

Helston, Cornwall 4.00pm – 6.00pm
The Angel Hotel, 16 Coinagehall Street, Helston, Cornwall, United Kingdom TR13 8EB
Supported by: James Whilding of Acorus Rural Property Services

A Fresh Look at Furnished Holiday Lets

These events will provide practical and professional advice to give you the confidence that your business is both competitive and compliant

The Victorian Barn, Dairy House Farm, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0EY

Wednesday 13 November: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Cost £15 CLA member; £30 non-member

Sponsored by Wilsons Solicitors and Moore Scarrott

St Mellion Hotel, Saltash, Plymouth, Cornwall PL12 6SD

Thursday 14 November: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Cost £15 CLA member; £30 non-member

Sponsored by Clarke Willmott & Moore Scarrott

The FHL market has become very competitive in recent years and those renting holiday cottages need to decide where and how they pitch their holiday properties. Trip Advisor and other such review sites mean that it has never been more important to consider reviewing your offer.

We will advise both those who want to provide a full in house service and those who want a more hands off approach and will cover:

• Wifi, welcome packs and websites
• Pricing, pets and public liability
• Reliefs, responsibilities, rules and regulations
• Deposits and discounts
• Taxation, accreditation and insurance

There will be plenty of time for questions and opportunities to speak to an array of different holiday let service providers.

2.00pm Registration, tea & coffee

2.25pm Chairman’s Welcome

2.30pm What makes a successful holiday let?
Alistair Handyside, CLA Devon Committee and owner of Holiday Cottage Advice

2.50pm Wills & Business Property Relief

3.05pm Planning potential & pitfalls

3.20pm Succession planning – the tax traps & VAT

3.40pm Tea and Coffee

4.00pm Protecting your assets & complying with legal requirements

4.20pm Fire regulations & best practice advice from the Fire & Rescue Service

4.40pm Income tax, capital allowances & examples of where things can go wrong

5.00pm Q&A Panel

5.15pm Cream tea & trade exhibitors

6.00pm Close

To book an exhibition stand at either event please contact - £100 per stand or early bird rate by 1 October £80 (includes 1 place at the seminar).

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Going Green and Reaping Rewards

1 Fore Street, Lifton, Devon PL16 0AA
Wednesday 6 November: 2pm – 4.30pm
Cost £10

Transform your business with renewable energy - a look at the Arundell Arms’ sustainable development with owner Adam Fox-Edwards

Learn how a large 300 year old building has been transformed from a fossil fuel and energy intensive business into a case study in sustainable development. A presentation from proprietor Adam Fox-Edwards on how this has been achieved will be followed by a tour of the various facilities in use at the hotel. Robin Cotton from Wood Energy will also be on hand to answer members’ questions.

The Arundell Arms is a former coaching inn, owned and managed by the Fox-Edwards family for over 50 years. It is in the heart of its village and has an AA 2 rosette fine dining restaurant, brasserie and village pub on site. Known for its totally wild and un-spoilt fly fishing set in beautiful countryside, the hotel is custodian of 20 miles of the River Tamar and its tributaries.

The hotel has been transformed and is now very “green”. Despite growing the business by 20%, fossil fuel use has been reduced by 50%, landfill waste reduced by 40%, electricity use reduced by 15% and the hotel has become a case study in environmental best practice for older premises. In addition Adam has installed a biomass boiler which uses woodchip from British trees, a borehole and pumps and a 4kw photovoltaic array which make up just some of the energy and money saving changes made.

All this resulted in the hotel winning the award for Devon Environmental Business of the Year 2012.

By the time CLA members visit Adam may also have installed his electric car recharging point!

Members are welcome to lunch in the hotel before the visit though this is not included in the visit price.

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Successful Business Succession

Muddifords Court, Willand, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2QG
Thursday 3 October: 10.00am – 2.00pm followed by sandwich lunch
Cost £20 CLA members; £35 non-members

Sponsored by Everys Solicitors, Francis Clark, Smiths Gore

Family businesses have characteristics that can underpin the development of a strong and growing rural economy – stewardship, long term investment horizons and governance, potential for sustained and organic growth and values that encompass strong and enduring links with local communities and people.

However, sadly, many family businesses fail, especially on first succession, when there is no clarity about “what is family” and “what is business”. Emotions and reluctance to address hard practical issues can influence or preclude business decision making, to the detriment of the long term survival of the business itself.

Designed with both the current owner/manager and successor generations in mind, our seminar will look at some of the key issues that rural family businesses face when succession planning, and identify practical strategies for dealing with them.

All the presenters, experts in their fields, have themselves attended and received training in family business transition at the Global Family Business Centre at one of the world’s leading business schools – IMD in Lausanne.

6 HOURS FREE PROFESSIONAL ADVICE – Each family attending the seminar will be entitled to receive up to 2 hours of free, private and confidential consultations from each of our three sponsoring partners, making this a particularly valuable opportunity for families looking to ensure inter generational business growth.

9.30am Coffee; Registration

10.00am Chairman’s Welcome and Introduction

10.15am One day all this will be yours….Or will it?
Dr Matt Lobley, Co-Director Centre for Rural Policy Research, Exeter University

10.45am Obstacles or Opportunities – why succession planning matters
James Dennis, Partner, Smiths Gore

11.15am Making it happen – what, how, who and when
Richard Soffe, Head of Rural Business School, Duchy College

11.45am Coffee

12.15pm Protecting and growing the family’s assets
Paul Geissler, Partner, Francis Clark

12.45pm Death, divorce and other difficult diversions
James Griffin and Kate Stamp, Partners, Everys Solicitors

1.15pm Discussion, questions and answers

1.45pm Next steps

2.00pm Lunch

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