Forest Machinery Demo days in Richmond North Yorkshire

Please see below detail of demo days on the Barningham Estate:
Harvesting machinery demonstration
Supporting investment in forestry businesses
Demonstrations of Small to Medium Machinery
3 Sessions: Thursday 17th March 2016: morning and afternoon, Friday 18th March 2016: morning
Barningham Estate, Richmond, DL11 7DW
This demonstration will show examples of small to medium size harvesting machinery appropriate to help bring more woods into management.
This FREE event comprises a short guided tour aiming to show examples of types of small to medium scale harvesting and extraction equipment working in the wood. Our aim is to include smaller harvester, forwarder, tractor mounted winch and primary processing equipment on site.
Tours will last approximately 1½ hours, run at intervals throughout the event period. Groups will be taken a short distance by mini-bus to the working demonstrations to see equipment in use and hear first-hand experience of performance and issues encountered on site from the operators and supervisors involved.
A display area is planned with further examples of relevant equipment which visitors can view at their own pace.
Dress for the weather and a forest site visit. Please bring you own helmet and high viz, although some spares may be available. Biosecurity measures will be in place; footwear should be free of mud and should be disinfected on arrival.
Book your free place by contacting Forestry Commission England on:
NB: Numbers are limited so early booking is recommended
Further details including tour times will be sent following confirmation
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Flood emergency funds for North Yorkshire

Please find below details of three funds offering support for specific industries in the wake of the December 2015 flooding. For further information please use the website details given below.

Emergency Flood Relief Fund – Sport England
Sport England’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund will initially invest up to £400,000 of National Lottery funding into sports facilities that have been damaged as a result of the floods and storms. This dedicated fund will help safeguard community sport and get sports facilities back up and running as quickly as possible.
Sport England state that early indicators suggest the biggest impact of the bad weather has been on sports such as hockey, rugby and football because of flooded and waterlogged pitches, and water sports where many clubs are on riverbanks or in coastal areas.
Clubs and community-based sports organisations needing funding to clean up and get up and running quickly can request up to £5,000 of emergency funding which could be awarded very quickly.
The new £400,000 National Lottery fund has been created specifically to help with the damage of the exceptional weather caused by the recent unprecedented rainfall, and is in addition to Sport England’s other grant programmes which will continue to operate as normal.
The fund will remain open until 1 February 2016 (this date will be kept under review) to ensure that those who are currently unable to assess the damage will not lose out.

Farming Recovery Fund
Farmers hit by Storm Eva flooding in Lancashire and Yorkshire will receive emergency funding of up to £20,000 each, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced.
The Farming Recovery Fund, originally launched to help farmers hit by Storm Desmond in Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Lancashire, will now be extended to farmers in all the areas affected by storms over Christmas and Boxing Day.
Farmers suffering from uninsurable losses can apply for Farming Recovery Fund grants of up to £20,000 via the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to help restore soils, rebuild tracks and repair flood channels.

Grants available for flooded businesses

Grants of up to £2500 are now available for businesses flooded following the recent storms. The majority of eligible businesses will receive an application form directly, however the form and guidance are also available online.

Businesses can claim a grant to help with clear up and business recovery costs. Business unable to trade from their premises may also be eligible for Business Rate Relief of up to 3 months. See for details

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On-Farm AD Fund available from WRAP

On-Farm AD Fund

The On-Farm Anaerobic Digestion Fund has been developed to help farmers in England get financial support to build small-scale AD plants on their farms. See for further details, and a grant application form.

The scheme is split into two parts:

The first part is a business plan grant up to £10,000 to investigate the environmental and economic potential of building an AD plant on the farm.

The second part is a capital loan up to £400,000 (or a maximum of 50% of the project cost). This is available for AD plants producing up to 250kW of power.

The funding is available in England only, however if you are a farmer in another nation resources have been produced to help you through the process of feasibility and business planning.

See for further details, and a grant application form.

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Are you thinking about applying for LEADER funding?

Are you thinking about applying for LEADER funding?
Please read the answers to some FAQ’s I have received within the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area

1. When can I apply for LEADER?
We (in the Yorkshire Dales) expect to open for applications in the Autumn. We hope we can issue our first call for projects in early October. We will hold funding drop in sessions around the LEADER area towards the end of this year and early next year, with workshops on how  to apply; these will be well publicised in the local press and social media.
As soon as possible we will make available on our website the Applicant Handbook. This will give broad details about this national programme and the national process of applying.
2. Am I in the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area?
We have a small scale map on our website showing the extent of our LEADER area (marked in red)

mapv2compThe map also shows the boundaries of the protected landscapes in our area; if this map is a little hard to interpret there are other alternatives:
• Email and enquire – a larger format map (9MB) can be requested and a list of the parishes/wards covered can be sent on request. has a link to a map showing all of the England LEADER groups, this shows fairly well which LEADER areas may cover a project. Particularly useful if you are close to an administrative boundary.

In summary the Yorkshire Dales covers the WHOLE of Richmondshire District and Craven District, the eastern side of Harrogate Borough and a small part of Hambleton.
3. How will I know you are “Open for Business” ?
If you are interested in LEADER please sign up for our newsletter and join us!
We will be issuing Calls for Projects – invitations for people to apply for LEADER funding – towards the Autumn. These will be on our website , publicised in the local press and social media, through the LEADER partnership organisations and in our newsletter. The Calls will also be published on the website.

4. Can LEADER fund revenue costs?

Until recently LEADER has been promoted as a capital grants programme. Ministers have agreed that a limited amount of revenue costs (short-term salaries associated with a specific project) would be eligible, subject to final approval by the Rural Payments Agency. Exact criteria are still being developed and each project proposal will be assessed on a case by case basis, ensuring that the business need is clear and directly linked to supporting rural jobs and growth. This will not include salaries and on-going running costs for commercial business applicants.

5. Can other public grants match LEADER funding?

The amount of other public funding an applicant has will affect the proportion of project costs we can fund – the intervention rate. This intervention rate will vary depending upon the specific Call for projects that we release.
For example, for a commercial business or profit making enterprise the intervention rate is likely to be a maximum of 40%. If a project receives 75% funding from public funds, such as Heritage Lottery Fund or a District Council business grant, LEADER could not provide any further funding as the project already has more than 40% public funding.
If the applicant is a non-profit rural business, (for example, a community led enterprise), LEADER may fund up to 100% of the eligible project costs. This will depend upon specific Call for Project criteria as set locally.
Please note that the Heritage Lottery Fund is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and is considered as Public Funding.

That’s all for now – keep your questions coming and I will post answers or respond to you directly!

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Contemporary Artists in Rural Contexts Seminar

(posted on behalf of Chrysalis Arts)

Contemporary Artists in Rural Contexts
Seminar at Coxwold Village Hall, Coxwold, North Yorkshire
Friday 2 October, 2015 10.00am – 3.45pm
Organised by Chrysalis Arts in partnership with Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN)

The day will explore how contemporary artists working in rural environments and with rural themes, either permanently or as part of short term projects and residencies, are developing new platforms and ideas for creating and showcasing visual arts practice and new approaches to collaboration and audience engagement.

As well as highlighting some current ideas and approaches inspiring artists, artist-led groups and curators, the seminar will look at how individual artists and those who work with them can create future projects and work opportunities – and what support could assist them.

For artists, arts managers, community and environmental officers, national parks, local authorities and others who commission and collaborate with visual artists.

There will be plenty of opportunities for networking and discussion. In addition, delegates who already have ideas for projects may book a slot for a one to one advice session. Following the event, artists are invited to apply for one of three awards of £300 to support further development of their ideas (see below)

A buffet lunch is included in the £10 booking fee along with an opportunity for a lunchtime visit to Shandy Hall and to the Sentimental Landscapes exhibition.

Michelle Dickson – Arts Council England Director, Touring & North
Michelle will give an overview of Arts Council England’s perspective on rural cultural development.

Jan Hogarth was born and brought up in rural Dumfries and Galloway. She creates environmental art “quests”, retreats and investigations. Jan has always had deep connections with landscape and much of her work is based on issues of land-use, people and landscape change. Her current project “Quest” celebrates the ancient, healing power of water and timeless journeys across the landscape. Jan is also a Director of Wide Open, a creative organisation for the development of public art and place-making projects across rural Scotland and orchestrator for Environmental Art Festival Scotland.
Joanne Kaar – Joanne is an artist working in a range of media who is inspired by journeys over land, sea and through time. For the past twenty years, she has been exhibiting and working around the world as both participant and instigator of arts and heritage projects and collaborations.
Simon Lee Dicker – artist, curator and founder of OSR projects in rural Somerset, Simon has recently been working on a major project based around the theme of ‘Momentum’ inspired by the Twineworks in the village of West Coker, its history, social impact and connection to the community in the area.
Richard Povall (Chair) – artist, educator and consultant with a passion for rural places and the environment. Richard currently works as a composer and sound artist, leads the MA Arts and Ecology course at Schumacher College, Dartington and was a founder and director of Aune Head Arts, working with and alongside communities in rural Devon.

Patrick Wildgust – Curator of Shandy Hall. Built in around 1430, Shandy Hall is the former home of writer Laurence Sterne with a museum collection, separate gallery space and gardens. Under Patrick’s curatorship, Shandy Hall has hosted a wide-ranging programme of exciting, contemporary exhibitions, artists’ residencies and other creative activities.

Booking: Seminar fee is £10 including a buffet lunch. To book a place, contact Chrysalis Arts by email:, phone: 01756 748529 or send payment to: Chrysalis Arts, The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave, North Yorkshire, BD23 3PN
Individual advice slots (15 – 20 minutes)
These sessions are designed for artists who would like to talk through their ideas for a future project. They must be booked in advance on a first come, first served basis and will run concurrently with the presentations.

Getting to Coxwold by Public Transport.
The nearest railway station to Coxwold is Thirsk which is almost eight miles away. Thirsk is on the East Coast Mainline and has regular train services from York and Leeds. If delegates require it, a minibus service to and from Coxwold will be available at Thirsk Station. Please note, bus places must be pre-booked on booking form.

Proposal Awards for Artists
Following the seminar, artists are invited to submit an outline idea for a project or residency based around the seminar themes. We are interested in individual research and development projects focusing on an artist’s own practice, projects that involve working in collaboration with other artists or communities and cross artform projects. Ideas could draw on a range of themes from heritage, place-making and local identity to art and ecology, environmental art and current issues such as fracking.

The artists submitting the three winning projects will each receive awards of £300 to develop their proposals, along with support from Chrysalis Arts with developing them as funding applications.

Projects should take place in the Yorkshire region, either being based in a rural area or involving a rural theme.

Artists’ entries will be presented anonymously to a selection panel including representatives of Chrysalis Arts and YVAN. To make a proposal please write no more than 200 words in an email to or on a postcard to Emily Wilson at: Chrysalis Arts, The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave, North Yorkshire, BD23 3SE

Each award is for £300 plus advice and support to develop the idea with Chrysalis Arts.

Coxwold Village Hall, Friday 2 October, 2015

10. 00 – 10.25 Arrivals and Coffee
10.25 Welcome Chrysalis Arts

10.30 Michelle Dickson, Arts Council England

10.45 Richard Povall (Chair)

11.15 Simon Lee Dicker

11.45 Patrick Wildgust, Shandy Hall

12. 15 – 1.45 pm Lunch (Including visit to Shandy Hall)

1.50 Jan Hogarth

2.20 Joanne Kaar

2.50 – 3.45 pm Facilitated Discussion and Networking with Tea

A chance to explore and discuss ideas for future projects and identify opportunities for collaboration.

Short presentation by Chrysalis Arts to explain proposal awards and additional support we will offer.

Individual advice slots (15 – 20 minutes)
These sessions are designed for artists who would like to talk through their ideas for a future project. They must be booked in advance on a first come, first served basis and will run concurrently with the presentations.

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Business survey in Richmondshire

(on behalf of Richmondshire District Council and the Dales Business Forum).

Richmondshire District Council (RDC) in partnership with the Dales Business Forum (comprising of the 4 Business Associations of Richmondshire) are sending out a questionnaire to all businesses within Richmondshire. It is looking at the type of business, size, aspirations, links with schools and or other educational institutions as well as the general environment of their nearest town centre. The purpose being to analyse the results which will help to inform the priorities for both RDC and the Dales Business Forum.

Complete the on-line link below to take part.

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Tech Intern required by Richmondshire Company!

OpenCRM is offering three month placements to young people in the Yorkshire area between the ages of 16 and 21. They would like to give people the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the technology industry as well as learning vital skills from a real life working environment.

Applicants are being asked to answer one simply question – Why do you want to be an intern at OpenCRM? – and email their answers to !!

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