Importance of keeping countryside gates closed


If you're using footpaths or bridleways make sure gates are always closed. Don't assume because one is open that it's supposed to be.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 9:33am

By IW Council Press Office

A thriving farming economy post-brexit is critical to our future says Isle of Wight MP

Bob seely with NFU members

Seely has agreed to write to the Farming Minister in support of an Isle of Wight farming agenda, adding that farming is critical to our future.

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018 9:42am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

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

Cowes Primary School

The new awards showcase the success of rural industries on the Island, and the awards for schools and young people demonstrate the very positive future of rural life on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 9:43am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Crackdown on organised crime vital to tackling Isle of Wight fly-tipping, says CLA

flytipping sofa in field

The CLA say fly-tipping is not a victimless crime and that the Government, local authority and Environment Agency must work together with farmers and landowners to help reduce fly-tipping on private rural land.

Friday, 15th June, 2018 10:11am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Isle of Wight Cheddar wins medal at British Cheese Awards

Briddlesford cheese

Cheddar made from the milk of Briddlesford's Guernsey cows is "proper Isle of Wight cheese" and managed to fight off competition from some of the most famous cheddar makers in the country at the British Cheese Awards.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018 1:23pm

By Judi Griffin

Prestigious awards celebrate Isle of Wight rural life


The awards will celebrate everything from schools and young individuals to food business, sustainability and more.

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018 10:32am

By Daisy Steinberg

Conversion of farm buildings without planning permission welcomed by CLA

barn conversion

The Housing Minister has extended the right to convert buildings without having to seek a full planning permission by allowing more options to convert existing farm buildings into family homes.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 1:41pm

By Helen Symes

Isle of Wight farmers could be among hardest hit by DEFRA plans

isle of wight farmland

Isle of Wight farmers could be left at the mercy of volatile world markets or become little more than country park keepers to earn Government money says Rural Property Specialist, James Attrill.

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 3:50pm

By Maurice Hardy with one comment

Post Brexit farming subsidies only for those who do ‘public good’


After Brexit, new agricultural rules will be tailored with subsidies only given to farmers who do public good, as well as produce food.

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 4:22pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 8 readers' comments

Impose public service obligation on ferry companies says IW CLA branch chairman

the solent

The first on the list of resolutions for the New Year is for the Isle of Wight Council or the Government to impose "some form of public service obligation on ferry companies or provide an alternative".

Friday, 22nd December, 2017 1:40pm

By Helen Symes with 5 readers' comments

Animal sentience debate continues

happy dog

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, has welcomed Michael Gove's draft bill, whilst Green MEP for the South East says it's a victory for campaigners and "a big climb-down from the Government”.

Tuesday, 12th December, 2017 2:35pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Allow landowners to temporarily divert footpaths, say CLA

cows in field

Where there is a risk of harm to the public, dogs or livestock, landowners have called for a common-sense measure to allow them to divert footpaths on a temporary basis.

Friday, 17th November, 2017 6:54pm

By Helen Symes with 6 readers' comments