Sustainable Farming Incentive January 2024 Update

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme has recently announced some unexpected yet welcome changes. The highlight of the update is the significant increase in payment rates for various schemes, an average increase of 10% across the SFI and Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements. One of the noteworthy improvements is the boosted payment rates for wild bird…

Biodiversity Net Gain Secondary Legislation

The secondary legislation on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) has finally been unveiled, providing a detailed framework for the implementation of the Environment Act 2021. With 6 Statutory Instruments in play, all awaiting formal Parliamentary approval, the landscape for new planning applications post 1st February 2024, is set to change. The BNG Register – The Draft…

Great Crested Newt Licensing Project

Good news story on our Great Crested Newt ponds. Through developer funding, FGS Pilcher have been awarded contracts to deliver newt ponds across the Stour and Medway river catchments, over the past five years. Habitat Regeneration have helped to find suitable sites and delivered seven of these ponds across one of our rented farms, Coldharbour…

Forage Wagon

What is Cut & Collect and why do it?

Wildflower meadows are a particularly rare habitat within the modern landscape, as pressure on farmers to maximise yield and productivity, saw the introduction of herbicides and fertilisers, which resulted in wildflower meadows being lost. There is now an opportunity to re-instate wildflower meadows, working in collaboration with farmers and land managers. Operating at a landscape…

Compact Tractor and Flail

Forestry England Management Contract Essex

Habitat Regeneration and its sister company, FGS Agri Ltd, are pleased to announce a successful contract award from Forestry England, marking a significant stride in environmental conservation. The last-minute nature of the contract led to the responsible management of nine sites, focusing on preserving wildlife while ensuring safe access for the public. Project Overview The…

Groundswell 2023

Last month we attended the Groundswell Agriculture Festival in Hertfordshire. We exhibited alongside sister companies FGS Organics and Envar with our show trailer. It was great to speak to interested parties about the services we offer such as our Regenerative Agriculture Land Management Practices. The event was well attended with plenty of talks throughout the…

Wetland Creation Graveney

Working with sister company FGS Pilcher we have recently undertaken a 91-acre wetland creation project for habitat enhancement on a site that is recognised as a special protection area (SPA) & Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Using our excavators and tracked dumpers we undertook works that included the creation of large scrapes, foot drains…

Forestry England Management Contract Won

We have been awarded a management contract by Forestry England to manage, maintain and enhance their Pleasant Farm woodland creation project covering 225 acres. This follows the initial pre-planting preparation works and site management we have already undertaken to date. We are excited to see how the site develops over time, particularly as the eventual…

ELMS Updates

As of the 26th of January 2023, the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced some updated information to the Environmental Land Management Scheme (also known as ELMs). DEFRA are expanding their schemes to pay farmers and land managers to provide environmental goods and services alongside food production; and providing one-off grants…