The forestry sector can now apply for a new round of Countryside Productivity Scheme which aims to improve productivity of farm and forestry businesses by making targeted investments to encourage best practice and innovation. The Forestry Commission sent out a national e-alert about this scheme and also about a reduction in the minimum area required to apply for woodland creation under the Woodland Carbon Fund or Woodland Creation Planning Grant.
Countryside Productivity Scheme (CPS) will offer large grants between £35,000 and £1million for up to 40% of the cost of investments in certain capital items. The full list and all guidance can be found on Gov.uk. However examples include:
- Timber processors and harvesters which can fell, de-limb, cut to length and sort in one operation,
- Wood chippers which are crane fed and capable of producing high quality wood chip from virgin fibre for biomass heating systems,
- Construction of covered areas designed specifically for processing, storage and seasoning of timber and processed firewood. Stores specifically designed for woodchip may also be eligible.
- The handbook contains full information and some useful examples. This round of CPS closes on 3 April 2018. RPA colleagues running the scheme will be joining us at the Confor Show at Longleat on 7 & 8 September which will be a great chance to meet them and ask your questions.
Countryside Productivity Scheme is focussed on encouraging businesses to make investments in specific larger capital items which have been identified as making the biggest impact on productivity in the forestry sector. LEADER grants also support forestry productivity and they can support smaller investments, with grants usually starting at £2500. They are often more flexible based on local need so may be able to support larger projects which fall outside the scope of CPS.
LEADER grants are available across most of the South West. They are offered by Local Action Groups (see map extract left) and so far grants have already been approved for forestry businesses to buy items such as firewood processors, forestry tractors, timber forwarding trailers, log splitters and mobile sawmills. Eligible projects include kit for woodland harvesting, small-scale extraction and processing, as well as adding value, creating alternative products and developing new forest technologies. Projects need to be able to show there will be an improvement in productivity and ideally sustainable employment. You can find out more and find the contacts for your local area on the Gov.uk website. LEADER funding is available until 2019 but we would recommend contacting them soon if you have a potential project so that they know whether they have sufficient forestry projects coming forward, even if you need some time to work up your application.
If you have read the guidance and are still unsure about whether your project is eligible, or who to contact, please get in touch with Kate Tobin
Local Partnership Advisor
A special festival just for mums and their children will be held at the Forest and Beach Centre in Beeson in September.
Full details are on facebook –
LETS (Local Exchange Trading Schemes) is a way of exchanging goods & services with other people in the community without the need for money. LETS help regenerate communities and rebuild the local economy. There are many LETS Schemes running successfully throughout the world.
The kick-off meeting for the newly-formed Tamar Valley LETS was held in Kingdon House in Tavistock on 17 May. Robin Williams (local coordinator) and Rob Follett (Falmouth LETS) gave a presentation to introduce the concept to the audience. Since that meeting Rob Follett has created the website for Tamar Valley LETS.
The link is: http://tamarvalleylets.uk/.
The main purpose of this site is to enable members to keep track of credits (“Tams”) they earn when trading goods and services.
On the homepage of this website a link to an application form can be found. People wishing to join LETS should download this form, complete it, and post it to Robin Williams. They will then be given higher-level access to the site to enable them to begin trading.
Tuesday 20th June: 6.00 to 7.30pm
Rethinking Work and Income is the title of this free evening workshop at Plymouth School of Creative Arts.
“Come and join us in Plymouth to discuss the RSA’s (the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) work on Basic Income and how this relates to challenges in the South-West.”
Here the link to all the information and how to sign up: https://www.thersa.org/events/fellowship-events/2017/6/rsa-sw-rethinking-work-and-income-20-june
Thanks to Ed Whitelaw for providing this information via Pat Bushell for Transition Plymouth.
Your bank could help combat climate change,
We all want to save for a rainy day. But what if our savings are causing the storm?
Find out more here or call into Local Matters to add your comments to the Banking System.
Have you heard of LETS – the Local Exchange and Trading System? It’s coming to Tavistock soon, so climb aboard and improve your quality of life.
The concept has been around for decades but now exchanging and trading your goods and services has been made easy due to user-friendly software that keeps track of credit points earned by LETS members.
The points for a traded good or service normally reflect its equivalent Sterling value so, for example, an hour of tutoring would earn a member 25 points – as £25 is a typical charge for this service.
Everyone has something to offer. You can mow someone’s lawn, dog sit, trade fruit and veg grown in your garden, lend out a specialised tool, drive another member to a local airport, etc. The list is endless.
A meeting will be held in the “Studio” in Kingdon House, Pym St, Tavistock, PL19 0AW on Wednesday, 17th May from 14:00 to 16:00 to explain LETS in more detail.
Rob Follett of the highly successful Falmouth LETS group will be on hand to demonstrate the functionality of the LETS software.
Robin Williams, a Tavistock resident, will lead the discussion. His immediate goal is to form a committee of volunteers to create a plan for a local group.
For more information on LETS go to: www.letslinkuk.net
If you’d like to know more about various forms of Local Money check out the Transition Network’s 2010 publication ‘Local Money. How to make it happen in your community’.
Tavistock’s first Seed Swap was a great success on Saturday 8th April. We had just over a hundred visitors dropping into Local Matters for seeds, advice and a chat. We’d like to thank Rob and Diana from Holsworthy Organics for helping us offer a great range of seeds; and to all the local allotment holders and other local growers who bought in seeds to share. The courgette seeds seemed to be very popular and were snapped up quickly.
If you missed it, we still have seeds to share at Local Matters (Elbow Lane, Tavistock) every day (except Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays) between 11:00 and 13:00. If you don’t have any to swap, or just too many to use yourself you can always drop them in so others can benefit.
We’re also really keen to hear your growing tips. Come and add them to our ‘greenboard’ or email email@example.com or call 07969 569 444.
Join us between 10.00am and 13.00pm on Saturday 8th April at Local Matters.for the first ever Tavistock Seed Swap!
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any seeds to bring, come along, get some for free and bring them back to next year’s swap!
There will be lots of growers, gardening advice & plenty of chat.
For more details please contact:
Kate Royston firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Meredith 01409 254450
Diana Lee email@example.com
Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock, PL19 0BG
(between Clinton Cards and Continental Fruits)
Totally Locally Tavistock launches Fiver Fest on Saturday 1st April. Lots of special offers for just £5 from independent traders in the town.
So far, 36 businesses are taking part!
Check out the Totally Locally Facebook page or read about the offers on page 17 in the Tavistock Times Gazette (30th March issue).