Wildfire warning from CLA South East ahead of ‘bank holiday heatwave’

Fireman in front of a wildfire

With high temperatures forecast across the South East over the bank holiday weekend, the CLA issue an appeal to members of the public to be extra vigilant when out and about in the countryside.

Wednesday, 21st August, 2019 10:45am

By Michael Sims

Wildfire warning from CLA South East, with advice from South East England Wildfire Group

wildfire roaring in the countryside

Recent wildfires in the south east region have seen more than 100 firefighters tackling an undergrowth blaze. Helpful advice is shared on how to prevent wildfires.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 4:07pm

By Michael Sims

Third of rural police forces lack dedicated strategy to combat £45m rural crime


The CLA is calling for rural police forces across England and Wales to implement its five recommendations to ensure they are ready to combat rural crime.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 9:07am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Royal Isle of Wight County Show winners announced

IOW award winners 2019

CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society celebrate rural life on the Isle of Wight at awards ceremony

Monday, 1st July, 2019 4:57pm

By Michael Sims

Time is running out to enter the CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society 2019 awards

County show

The awards will this year honour those who go the extra mile to support the rural economy, from food and drink producers to tourism businesses.

Friday, 5th April, 2019 10:23am

By Michael Sims

Nominations now open for prestigious rural awards

IOW award winners 2018

The CLA and the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society have announced the return of their prestigious awards celebrating rural work and life on the Island – and nominations are now open.

Friday, 8th March, 2019 12:23pm

By Michael Sims

CLA issues advice to dog owners during lambing season

Claire Bennett CLA

The CLA warn during lambing season that "livestock worrying" can have serious effects on animals including stress, injury, abortion and death, with several incidents reported in 2019 already.

Friday, 22nd February, 2019 10:28am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Scientific, vegan and land management voices set out different visions at CLA debate

CLA farming debate 2019 speaker panel cropped

The debate chairman said change was on the way and it could be “scary”. Catch up on the wide-ranging debate held by the South East branch of the Country, Land and Business Association.

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019 11:03am

By Michael Sims

Potential of farmland still ignored in rural housing crisis, says CLA

Isle of Wight Countryside :

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, said that if Rural Exception Sites are not used to their full potential there is little hope of solving the acute shortage of rural housing.

Friday, 1st February, 2019 4:43pm

By Michael Sims with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight debate: Are current planning policies bad for the Island?


An expert panel of speakers will debate the challenges and opportunities facing Island farmers and landowners later this month.

Thursday, 3rd January, 2019 5:09pm

By Michael Sims with one comment

Post Brexit immigration rules will jeopardise rural businesses, says CLA President

isle of wight farm

The CLA say imposing an arbitrary minimum salary threshold puts at risk a variety of jobs across the agri-food sector, including some which require specialist skills.

Friday, 21st December, 2018 8:38am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Fix 4G before focusing on 5G, says new Isle of Wight CLA Chair in pre-Brexit address

Laurence Taylor IOW

The Isle of Wight Chair of the CLA says the Government's talk of 5G rollout is "ludicrous when vast areas are still struggling with 4G". He talks more about that, and other issues facing farmers and land owners pre-Brexit.

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 9:45am

By Michael Sims