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Most recent update - Wednesday 2nd August 2017

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ADDED Wednesday 2nd August July 2017

IS IT COMMON LAND?

This should help you find out. Read on...

 

ADDED Saturday 29th July 2017

No 1% CAP for the Common Agricultural Policy

 

THE NEW AGRI-SCHEME COMES TO PENWITH

On 1st January 2016 a new 10 year Countryside Stewardship (Higher Tier) agreement came into force between Natural England and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.  The agreement covers three separate land parcels: Bartinney Nature Reserve (10.4 ha), Bostraze Nature Reserve (23.89ha) and Penhale Dunes near Perranporth (110.12ha) – the first two being in West Penwith.  The ‘anticipated’ total agreement payment is £243,173.59 of which £61,356.14 is for capital works.

Strangely, the aims and Indicators of Success for the agreement are not binding although the management regime is much the same as that for Higher Level Stewardship [HLS] – cutting, burning and grazing.

Most of the new payments are generally higher than those for HLS [in brackets] for example:

Native breeds at risk supplement (SP8) £94.00 /ha [up to £79 /ha]; 19% increase

Management of lowland heathland (LH1) £274.00 /ha [£200 /ha]. 37% increase

Both Bostraze and Bartinney are subject to chemical bracken control (SB4) £ 170.00 /ha [£112 /ha]. 52% increase

There is one notable exception: Restoration towards species-rich grassland (GS7) £145.00 /ha [£200 /ha]. 

A number of capital works were/will be installed at Bostraze and Bartinney. At Bostraze 576 metres of new fencing at a cost of £2,822.40; at Bartinney 1,830 meters of permanent electric fencing costing a total of almost £9,000 as well as two bridle gates, two field gates and two granite stiles, at a total cost of £4,160.

[information from Higher Level Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship Handbook, Fourth Edition – January 2013, and from FOI request July 2017 #RFI 3921 ©Natural England]

 

ADDED Tuesday 11th July 2017

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

The following was sent to Natural England on the 1st July.  A response is due by the end of the month.

I note that there is now one live Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme (NELMS ref 117057) in operation in West Penwith covering two areas of Cornwall Wildlife Trust land – one on land adjacent to the east side of Carnyorth Common, and one on the southern side of Bartinney Downs.

 I am therefore requesting under Freedom of Information all documents pertaining to the above agreement: for example, agreement start and end dates, payments for different types of work to be undertaken and ‘indicators of success’ (or similar), and whether any new stock proofing or capital works have been installed for this agreement. An electronic response will be acceptable.

 Also, since these areas are within an AONB and partially in Open Access land, was this agreement the subject of an Environmental Impact Assessment screening opinion and are there any current Higher Tier applications for which an EIA screening opinion will be required and, if so, the proposed consultees.

 

ADDED Wednesday 7th June 2017

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ADDED Sunday 7th May 2017

WHAT PRICE OUR HERITAGE?

By Craig Weatherhill

CORNWALL’S rich and diverse heritage is matchless and it is priceless.  Some of it is even a World Heritage Site……..and don’t some imported agencies know it!  Suddenly, where once there was care and protection, there is now only avarice through profiteering, and none of the money they make comes into Cornish hands ....

See full article HERE

 

ADDED Tuesday 18th April 2017

"RESTLESS NATIVES"

BOOK DETAILS: Paperback cover; 291 A4 pages; 140 illustrations almost all in full colour, fully referenced. 100 copies only.

TO ORDER: By post, email or phone to Ian Cooke ian1937@btinternet.com (see link below for address etc)

PAYMENT: £20 per copy plus £4.95 2nd class postage.  Please make payment Ian Cooke.

LOCAL COLLECTION: from my home address by prior appointment.  Also from Lanyon Tea Room during open hours only http://www.lanyontearoom.co.uk/

For full details see HERE

 

AARHUS CONVENTION – ALLEGED NON-COMPLIANCE

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN UK ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION-MAKING

In mid-December 2016 an email was sent to the Environmental Law Foundation to which a reply has recently been received – with apologies for the late response. See attached file for the text of my original letter (apologies for its length!): The ELF response follows. CLICK HERE

 

ADDED Friday 20th January 2017

THE FUTURE OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

AFTER THE EU REFERENDUM

fundamental flaws — simply providing income support to farmers — recreational opportunities … are only temporary — sharp decrease in biodiversity with many species still declining — lack of resources to effectively monitor schemes — current agri-schemes in Cornwall are ineffective or have made no difference. Read HERE

 

ADDED Saturday 10th December 2016

NATIONAL TRUST OPPOSE MOORLAND PROTECTION

Expenditure on opposing SPM common land applications

The National Trust – Britain’s biggest landowner – went to great lengths to counter our arguments, even employing Burges Salmon, a high-powered firm of solicitors from Bristol which must have cost them thousands. Read HERE

 

ADDED Friday 2nd December 2016

TROUBLE AT THE MEN-AN-TOL

A file of recent correspondence between SPM and various agencies concerning potential damage and degrading by cattle of the monument and local footpaths. See HERE

 

ADDED Friday 23rd September 2016

SPM has recently made two Freedom of Information requests to Natural England: one concerns the HEATH Project and the other mostly Carnyorth Common. See HERE and also HERE

 

ADDED Thursday 24th August 2016

NELMS and BREXIT - WHAT IS GOING ON?

NELMS was the working title of the new environmental stewardship scheme Countryside Stewardship [CS] and is intended to replace current agri-environmental schemes [AES]. However the recent referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union – who supply most of the funding for these AES – has thrown the whole issue into doubt as to who will now pay for it.

But how exactly does CS impact on the West Penwith countryside? A recent request to Natural England for the location of any areas of local heathland that may be affected by CS elicited the response that there are two possible places. However, until applications are processed, these locations will not be made public. But what exactly is CS intended to do?

Read the full file HERE