The North of England’s leading specialist land management company H&H Bowe has appointed Mervyn Edwards as Senior Agricultural Uplands Advisor.
Having worked for government agricultural departments for over 40 years, most recently as an upland agri-environment adviser for Natural England, Mervyn will be involved in Common Land Work and assisting with UELS claims. This is a key appointment for H&H Bowe and he will use his unrivalled expertise to help farmers across Cumbria and the North West to progress their applications for these important Agricultural Stewardship Schemes.
Mervyn who lives in Penrith is well suited to this specialist role. Having been brought up on an upland farm in North Wales, he went onto to study agriculture at Seale Hayne College. Now, one of the foremost experts in his field, he has worked as an Agri Advisor for Natural England and with the Rural Development Service of Defra working on the Lake District ESA and as part of its national team on upland farming.
His contribution to the industry is widely recognised, he was awarded an MBE in 2009 for his services to farming in Cumbria and in 2011 he received the National Sheep Association’s TI Allinson Memorial Award for a lifetime contribution to the northern sheep industry.
Mervyn joins the H&H Bowe conservation team headed by Julia Aglionby and is looking forward to the challenges of this newly created post: “Having worked for government agencies for the last 42 years, I will use my knowledge to help farmers across Cumbria to deliver these schemes. The team at H&H Bowe have very much taken the lead in this area and there is no doubt that having someone to facilitate these applications is of enormous benefit particularly when it comes to the complex issues on collaborative common land agreements.”
H&H Bowe is currently one of the leading land management firms in the North on Common Land. He will be joining a team heavily involved in advising commoners associations, government departments and private and corporate owners on projects ranging from ecological surveys to valuation of land rights and administration of agri-environment schemes. Since the introduction of UELS in 2010 they have managed the successful negotiation of over 40,000 ha of common land into Environmental Stewardship. H&H Bowe are regularly consulted by government officials e.g. recently have assisted Natural England revise guidance for their staff to ensure conditions imposed on commoners farming SSSIs through UELS are proportionate and are involved in how SPS will be paid on common land post 2013. Continuing work includes the establishment of a Commons Council for Cumbria working in collaboration with the Federation of Cumbrian Commoners.
H&H Bowe Managing Director John Robson says, “Mervyn’s experience and reputation in the industry is second to none and we are delighted that he has agreed to join the team at H&H Bowe. His knowledge will be invaluable in helping our clients process applications and manage their common land issues as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.”
Mervyn will also assist on with UELS claims for beef and sheep farmers in the English Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) and the Scottish Less Favoured Area Support Schemes (LFASS) advising on stocking levels, the single payment schemes and subsequent cross compliance issues, land registration and mapping.
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