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Welcome to InBrief Autumn 2018

Autumn has arrived and for our many clients in the farming sector this has been a difficult and challenging year so far with extreme summer temperatures to deal with.

Our cover picture reminds us that not everyone has finished harvesting yet and hop growers are busy throughout September, cutting one of the crops that mid Kent is historically famous for.

The Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, see page 3, provides an opportunity to take a rare day off, to meet with the farming community and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We extend a warm welcome to our clients and contacts who may be visiting the match, to come and join us for some hospitality on our stand. The prize giving for the ploughing match takes place in November and also sees the judging of the hop competition, still an integral part of this match, so worth attending if you get the opportunity.

On pages 4 and 5 we highlight the changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and how this affects those with land and development plans in rural locations.

We also bring to you our usual selection of news about what the Gullands team have been doing and the events and organisations we have been supporting.

This year for the first time we supported a relatively new event, The Vicars Picnic. Organised by a dedicated group of local residents, this brings a safe, family festival dedicated to great live music to the area.

And finally, the opportunity to find out more about some of our younger members of the team on page 12.

I hope you enjoy this latest instalment of news and if you haven’t signed up to receive our email updates and invites to events go to

Blair Gulland
Gullands Solicitors