Woodland Creation Grant

On 2nd January 2018 to 16th February 2018 the application window is open for the Woodland Creation Grant. The Woodland Creation Grant is a capital grant where applicants can claim for a one off payment for the trees which are to be planted and also any associated protection items. From 2018 applicants can receive support towards the infrastructure to help establish the new woodland using capital item FY2: Woodland Infrastructure.

If successful, applicants have 2 years to purchase and plant/ install these capital items, with a further 3 months to submit their claim. Once the woodland is planted and the final capital claim is paid, eligible applicants can apply for multi- year support to maintain the newly created woodland for 10 years.

Therefore the Woodland Creation Support in Countryside Stewardship is made up of:

  1. Woodland Creation Grant for the Capital Items associated with the planting and protection of trees.
  2. Woodland Creation Maintenance Grant for the ongoing maintenance of trees after they have been planted.

When developing an application for the Woodland Creation Grant applicants can chose from a range of items, with each item having a different payment rate which is the value of a one-off payment that will be paid towards the cost of that item or activity. It must be noted that TE4 (Tree Planting) is mandatory and must be included in all applications.

Agreement Holders must maintain their newly planted woodland for an additional 5 years following the completion of the capital works this is regardless of whether or not they apply for WD1. To support successful establishment and on-going maintenance of new- woodland, the CS Higher –Tier Option Woodland Creation Maintenance Payments offers a multi- annual payment of £200 per hectare for a period of 10 years.

Woodland Grant

Addisons Easter Egg Competition Winners

Thank you for all your wonderful entries  it has been very difficult to judge. We are pleased to announce the winners are:

1st Prize – Evie Short – Esh Winning, Primary School.

2nd Prize – Ellie King – St Stephens, C of E Primary School.

3rd Prize – Logan – St Stephens, C of E Primary School.

Again we thank all the children for all of their lovely drawings and have a Wonderful Easter.

Prizes can be collected from the Crook Office, Addisons, 5 South Street, Crook, DL15 8NE

Please note the office will be closed Good Friday 14th April and Bank Holiday Monday 17th April. We are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm Saturday.

Keep posted for our next competition.

Free Wheelers

Addisons Chartered Surveyors hosted a race night at The Saddle Room near Leyburn last year to raise money to purchase a specially adapted bike for the pupils at Mowbray School.  The race night was a huge success and exceeded all expectations raising £2,252; enough for four new bikes!  Members of staff from Addisons were invited to the school on Friday to see the new bikes in action.


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Mowbray School near Bedale caters for children aged 3 to 16, who have a range of special educational needs.  The adapted bikes, which many of the children require to be able to cycle, are very expensive to purchase.  Last year Betty’s Tearooms kindly donated a bike to the school and when Addisons heard about it they were keen to help buy a second.  Richard Duffus, head of property and partner at Addisons said, “one bike is wonderful but we couldn’t help thinking how much more fun the children could have with two!”

Richard’s daughter had attended the school before going on to study at sixth form college, he said, “I have seen first-hand how Mowbray’s excellent staff and facilities help their pupils to flourish, I knew Addisons could help give something back and this is how the idea of a race night fundraiser came about.”

Staff from Addisons’ Barnard Castle and Richmond offices arranged the equestrian themed event which saw over 60 guests enjoy the thrill of a race evening as well as a three course meal in the renowned Saddle Room restaurant.  Richard said, “It was a fantastic evening, we were overwhelmed by people’s generosity and we are thrilled to have raised sufficient funds for these four bikes.”

The new bikes have a range of adaptations meaning that more of the children can take part in cycling.  With its own 5.5 acre farm on school grounds and a purpose built sports hall there is plenty of room for the pupils to enjoy them.  Now with a total of 5 disability bikes the school has been able to launch a bike club which not only provides a fun after-school activity but also educates pupils on road safety.  Headteacher, Jonnathan Tearle said, “We have been delighted with the donation from Addisons and that we have been able to buy four specialist bikes, it has been very uplifting to see such a number of pupils to cycle together with their friends and see such enjoyment. I would like to thank Richard Duffus and Addisons for all their efforts and for raising such a large sum of money, which has meant that all our pupils have access to bicycles.”

Even though it was raining on Friday, it didn’t dampen the pupils’ enthusiasm as they used the school hall to demonstrate the new bikes.  Richard said, “It has been great to see how our fund raising efforts have paid off and to see the children enjoying themselves on the bikes is just brilliant.”

Continued Commitment and Innovative Approach

Addisons’ continued commitment and innovative approach was recognised at the Teesdale Business Awards this month, which saw us win an award in the Most Innovative Business category.

Nick Jarvis from BIB Insurance presenting the award to Simon Nixon.

Nick Jarvis from BIB Insurance presenting the award to Simon Nixon.

Having served the Teesdale community for several generations Addisons made significant investments in staff and infrastructure in 2014 to ensure we continue to provide a forward thinking approach to our services and clients.

The investments included the purchase of market leading estate agency software, the launch of our estate agency’s very own client login called “Open Door,” as well as a new website incorporating a dedicated community element.  Addisons in house magazine Number 13, which not only promotes our properties and services but also the area and other local businesses, was cited as a reason why we were shortlisted for the award.  (Why not take a look at the latest copy of Number 13 on the community pages of our website?)

Teesdale Business Awards is a community initiative run by local businesses for local businesses.  Radio Teesdale and Enterprise House ran this year’s awards with the ceremony being held at The Witham Hall in Barnard Castle.  BIB Insurance sponsored this year’s Most Innovative Business Award and were tasked with selecting and announcing the winners.  Nick Jarvis from BIB Insurance presented the award to Addisons’ principal partner Simon Nixon at the evening’s ceremony.

Richard Duffus, company partner and head of agency says, “Our innovative approach to marketing, investment in software and commitment to promoting the area and other local businesses reflects our progressive approach and it is wonderful to have this recognised by the business community.”

For more information on the services we provide feel free to contact your local branch.  For a list of all the categories, finalists and winners at this year’s Teesdale Business Awards head to www.teesdalebusinessawards.co.uk

Racing to Success!

Addisons Chartered Surveyors hosted a Race Night at The Saddle Room near Leyburn to raise funds for Richmond School Equestrian Team.  Over £1,800 was raised which will be used to purchase matching kit for the team who are due to compete at the National Championships in April.  The new branded kit will include jackets, hoodies, base layers, saddle cloths and hat silks for all 16 team members.

Race Night Fundraiser

Race Night Fundraiser

The team qualified to represent North Yorkshire at the championships which will be held in Buckingham and will see team members Cassie Ramsay, Andie Jones, Imogen Thornton and Rosa Johnson representing their team and county in the show jumping category.

The equestrian team are one of only a few state funded school teams to reach the National Championships and the new kit will be embroidered with Richmond School’s crest.  When Addisons heard about their achievement and that they were without a matching kit they were keen to help the team with both sponsorship and fundraising.  Richard Duffus, partner and head of property said, “to get into the finals is a great achievement and we wanted to do more to help, that’s how the idea of a race night fundraiser came about.”

Staff from Addisons’ Richmond office arranged the equestrian themed event which saw over 70 guests enjoy the thrill of a race evening as well as a two course meal in the renowned Saddle Room restaurant.  It was all hands on deck as members of the Equestrian Team helped to run the event. Richard Duffus said, “The Saddle Room was the obvious venue, they were really accommodating and trained the team members to serve canapes and wait on the tables so they could get involved – and the team did a fantastic job.”

Kirstie Thornton from Richmond School worked with Addisons to plan the event, she said, “I personally would like to say a huge thank everyone who donated to the Race night and to the team and the parents who helped to make the night so successful.”

Richmond School Head Teacher, Ian Robertson commented, “Such wonderful support from the wider community is really appreciated.”

Since the race evening Richmond School Equestrian Team have already been back in action, winning a team event that qualifies them for further National Championships in October.  Students, Meg Sutton-Walker, Amy Bushell and Mabel Crampton will be representing their school team in October.

Richard Duffus from Addisons added, “this is just the start of our support for this inspiring team, as new members join Addisons will help to purchase the additional kit required.  We wish the team the best of luck for the championships and look forward to finding out how they get on.”

CAP Reform: How will Greening affect you?

CAP Reform: How will Greening affect you?

It’s that time of year again, stock farmers are busy baling silage and hay ready for winter and the arable men are starting to plan harvest and their next crop rotation. As such, many farmers are busy in the fields and do not want to be bothered by the paperwork side of things…well here is a helpful guide to what is known about CAP reform and inparticular Greening in a short concise briefing note.


Much of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) crosses over with SPS; Cross Compliance and Statutory Management Requirements will remain in force and be reviewed each year and 1ha will equal one entitlement.  However claimants will need to be fully briefed on the ‘buzz word’ of the moment; that is GREENING:

Requirements of Greening:

Ecological Focus Areas (EFA’s)

EFA can be thought of as a mixture of rebranding of the old set aside rules and the incorporation of environmental management into pillar 1 payments.  Luckily we have now received information on what will constitute an EFA just in time for farmers to plan their next crop rotation. If a farm has more than 15ha of arable land an area of 5% of that arable land must be in EFA.

There will be a weighting framework whereby some EFA’s will be worth more than others.

2015 EFAs will include:

  • Fallow

Weighting is 1:1 so 1 ha of fallow = 1 ha for EFA

We await minimum areas with fallow ground likely needing to be in place for 6 months including 15th May.

  • Hedges

Conversion is 5m² for every metre with the weighting being 2.  What this means is that 1m of hedge will generate 10m² of EFA.  Farmers will need 1000m of hedge to achieve 1ha of EFA.

The bonus of this option is that there is no cross over with ELS.  It has been decided that the ELS payment is for management of the hedge whereas the greening payment will simply be for the presence of the hedge.  The downside however is that those who claim hedges are likely to see delays in their 2015 BPS payment whilst the RPA verifies the information.

  • Buffer Strips

Potentially could be next to watercourses only but this is yet to be confirmed. The conversion factor will be 6m² for every metre run regardless of actual width.  Weighting is going to be 1.5 meaning 1m = 9m² of EFA.  Farmers will need to have 1111m of buffer zone length to achieve 1ha of EFA.

  • Green Cover/Catch Crops

This applies to sown or undersown grass or seed mixtures in place over winter which are not harvested and must be in place by 1st October.

The weighting for cover crops is 0.30 meaning 3.34 ha will achieve 1ha of EFA

  • Nitrogen Fixing Crops.

The confirmed list is not yet published but will likely consist of beans, peas, lupins, soya etc. The weighting will be 0.70 meaning 1.43 ha of nitrogen fixing crops will achieve 1 ha of EFA.

Am I Exempt from EFA’s?

Farmers are exempt from EFA if:

  • They have less than 15ha of arable land.
  • If over 75% of your arable area is temporary grass, leguminous crops or fallow and the remaining arable land is less than 30ha.
  • If over 75% of the Eligible area (whole farm) is in grass (permanent or temporary) and the remaining arable land is not over 30ha.

Can I overlap with my ELS/HLS agreement?

In short ‘double funding’ is not allowed but on reading deeper into this matter it appears DEFRA has employed a degree of leniency:

  • All agreements signed before 1st January 2012 will not be penalised for double claiming
  • All HLS agreements will not be penalised for double claiming
  • All ELS agreements signed after 1st January 2012 will face penalties but the option remains to come out of the scheme or restructure the options without penalty.

Crop Diversification

We have known the crop diversification rules for some time now:

  • Farmers with less than 10ha of arable land are exempt from crop diversification.
  • Farmers with 10-30 ha of arable land must grow a minimum of 2 crops with the main crop not exceeding 75% of the arable land area
  • Farmers with over 30ha of arable land must plant 3 crops with the main crop not being over 75% and the two main crops not exceeding 95% of the total arable area.

Am I exempt from Crop Diversification?

Farmers are exempt if:

  • Over 75% of arable land is in temporary grass or fallow and the remaining arable land is less than 30ha
  • Over 75% of the eligible area (whole farm) is in grass (temporary or permanent) and the remaining arable land is not over 30ha.
  • Where more than 50% of the land was not declared by the farmer the previous year and all the arable land is growing a different crop (New land – New Crop Exemption).

Protection of Permanent Pasture:  Upland and grassland only farmers will achieve their greening requirements simply by maintaining Permanent Pasture.

Key dates

19th October 2014: Deadline for transferring Single Farm Payment Entitlements.

As any surplus entitlements are lost after the 2015 claim year this deadline will prove crucial. It is expected but not yet 100% confirmed that as of mid-January 2015 Basic Payment entitlements will be able to be transferred in much the same way as SPS entitlements.

1st January 2015: Single Farm Payment ceases to exist and in its place comes The Basic Payment Scheme.

15th May 2015: The deadline for claiming BPS in 2015


For more information please contact one of our surveyors (Click here)

Addisons team complete sport relief challenge

Addisons team complete Sport Relief Challenge


On Sunday 23rd March a team of 8 Addisons employees and associates completed the Sport Relief run at Teesdale School raising £197.00 for charity in the process.

Richard Duffus, Mark Fletcher, Edd Forster, Tessa Barber, Christine Norman and Richard Bowes all completed 6 miles whilst both Jo Thompson and Jill Simpson completed 3 miles in what was a sterling effort by all concerned.

First to cross the finish line was Richard Bowes who set the pace from the start and soon became a blur as he sped away.  Christine was next over the line followed by Edd and Richard Duffus.  Mark and Tessa were next to complete the 6 mile course.

Jill soon appeared after what was a superb effort given the individual effort to prepare on her part and Jo T as we call her in the office was next over the line sporting some trendy sunglasses and giving the impression that she had hardly broken sweat. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all the team.

Keep an eye out for our ’Number 13’ t-shirts as Addison’s takes part in future fundraising events.  Until next time though we are all heading to the pub for a well-deserved pint!



Addisons Supporting The Bird Box Initiative.

Bird Box Initiative

The staff of Addisons threw away their measuring tapes and plans arming themselves instead with hammers and drills to help build fifty new homes for some very special inhabitants of Upper Teesdale. And all in an afternoon! Who were these lucky new residents?

In conjunction with the North Pennines AONB partnership Addisons have sponsored the erection of fifty bird boxes at Bowlees Visitor Centre ready for this year’s nesting season.

Addisons partner, Richard Duffus said:

“ADDISONS are pleased to support the “Bird Box” initiative as we fully support the aims of the organisation and encourage the people of Teesdale to make the most of this fantastic visitor centre. We also recognise the importance of providing suitable homes for the area’s population, including our feathered friends!”

“The synergy between ADDISONS and The AONB Partnership is demonstrated by our shared belief in the region, its communities and people, and in the recognition of the diversity and richness of its qualities and of what the area has to offer, both to the resident population and visitors alike, in terms of valued experiences and quality of life.”


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