Are You Opening Your Farm This Sunday?

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This Sunday, over 1,500 farmers across the UK will be opening their farms for visitors as part of Open Farm Sunday. Although some people are still unaware of what “Open Farm Sunday” is, its widespread appeal cannot be denied. Since its inception in 2006 farmers have welcomed 1.8 million visitors to their farms for one Sunday each year.

Organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), it seeks to encourage farmers to open their farms up to members of the public for a day to share the farm experience.  Farmers are encouraged to plan events that are manageable and should be reminded that they need not put on an extravagant show for hundreds of people.  Activities may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, demonstrations, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmer’s market or farm shop.

LEAF offer free help and support, including access to local coordinators, practical support and advice regarding issues such as health and safety.

The event gives farmers a great opportunity to share their enthusiasm for farming and offers potential business benefits too, with the opportunity for farms to raise their local profile and improve community relations.

If you would like to find out more about Open Farm Sunday you can log on to: www.farmsunday.org

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

 

Monmouthshire Show

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Tomorrow, for the second year running, Green & Co will be attending the Monmouthshire Show, alongside the CLA and Balfours with Berringtons.

Each year over 20,000 visitors enjoy a taste of farming and the countryside at the stunning showground on the banks of the River Wye in Monmouth.

The Monmouthshire Show has something for everyone:

  • Agricultural Events and Demonstrations
  • Farming and Livestock
  • Horses
  • Horticulture
  • Dog Shows
  • Craft Marquee and Shopping
  • Amusements
  • Food Hall
  • Trade Stands and much, much more.

A brilliant day out for all the family!

We look forward to welcoming you to our stand which is situated at the bottom of the main ring near to the Members Marquee.

Open Farm Sunday

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Many farmers may be unaware of what “Open Farm Sunday” is although its widespread appeal cannot be denied with the nationwide event, which takes place on June 5th, having attracted 1.6 million visitors since its inception in 2006.

Organised by Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf), Open Farm Sunday, as the name alludes to, seeks to encourage farmers to open their farms up to members of the public for a day to share the farm experience.  Farmers are encouraged to plan events that are manageable and should be reminded that they need not put on an extravagant show for hundreds of people.  Leaf offers free help and support, including access to local co-ordinators to those farmers thinking of participating.  Leaf also provides practical support and advice regarding issues such as health and safety.

The event gives farmers a great opportunity to share their enthusiasm for farming and offers potential business benefits too, with the opportunity for farms to raise their local profile and improve community relations.

If you would like to find out more about Open Farm Sunday you can log on to: www.farmsunday.org

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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Free Training For Welsh Farmers

 

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Farming connect is on the lookout for Welsh farmers who aspire to be agricultural leaders or wish to develop their business skill under the new Agri Academy scheme. This scheme has been running for 4 years. The scheme is broken down into 3 different elements:

  • Rural Leadership Programme is aimed at developing a new generation of rural leaders in wales
  • Business and Innovation Programme is aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of farming and forestry innovators and entrepreneurs in Wales
  • Junior Development programme is aimed at supporting young people aged between 16 and 19 years who hope to follow a career in the food, farming and forestry industries

Applications must be submitted by 1st April 2016, and can be found here.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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Summer is coming…

Green & Co

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Why not get your car cleaned with all proceeds going to St David’s Hospice Care!

For a donation, Green & Co will wash the outside of your car and can even offer you a massage as you wait, courtesy of Roger Daniels of Therapi Tylino.

Come along, relax and feel great knowing that it’s all for a worthy cause!

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Accountants Turn Car Cleaners…

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www.greenandco.comHow far does your accountant go for you? Do they compile your accounts? File your tax return? How about wash your car? On Thursday 23 April 2015 Green & Co will spending the day cleaning cars in the hope to raise funds for St David’s Hospice Care.

For a donation, we will wash the outside of your car and can even offer a massage as you wait, courtesy of Roger Daniels of Therapi Tylino.

Come along, relax and feel great knowing that it’s all for a great cause!

Specials thanks to the follow local businesses who helped this happen by sponsoring our event:

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Goodbye to 2014!

It’s been a great year for us here at Green & Co, so we thought we’d share some of our highlights with you as the New Year approaches.

1) We won Independent Firm Of The Year, Wales! – http://bit.ly/1rex48c

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Nick receiving our trophy from Sandi Toksvig

2) Our Bake Off raised £460 for Children in Need – http://bit.ly/15ORoU3

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Leanne Flanagan, winner of Best Overall Cake, receiving her certificate from our judges Sharon Brace (The Pocket Bakery), Barbara Jones, and Richard Best (Brutons the Bakers).

3) We expanded our Payroll and Accounts Teams! – http://bit.ly/1toSA7T – http://bit.ly/1paF3SW

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New team members Samuel Houlden and Claire Walters

4) Our sponsored walk around Cwmbran raised over £1,500 for Headway Cardiff thanks to support from local businesses, clients and business contacts – http://bit.ly/1xHeesG

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Nick, Mags, Sarah and Lucy-Rae get the fundraising going

We want to thank you all for your support throughout the year and wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperous and Happy New Year.

Flood Defence Tax Relief

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In the Autumn Statement George Osborne announced that from 1 January 2015 businesses will be able to get tax relief on contributions to flood defense schemes. The detailed proposals have now been released and this relief will be important for landowners who are vulnerable to flooding and coastal erosion.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.