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Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ)

Has your farm been newly designated a Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) for 2017 around Skirwith, Penrith, Brampton or Kirkby Thore?

We can provide you with technical advice and the provision of record keeping services.

Since NVZ legislation came in to force it has been imperative that farmers with land falling within NVZ areas maintain the correct records, understand their responsibilities, and comply with the rules.

Recent consultations extending the current Nitrate Vulnerable Zones consequently proposes that areas around Skirwith, Penrith, Brampton and Kirkby Thore will now be designated as a NVZ.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs sent written designation notices in early 2017 to farmers who own or occupy land completely or partly within an NVZ.  This notice tells you of the designation and the need to comply with NVZ rules.

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The proposed new NVZ areas are outlined in brown on the map above and are diagonally lined on the map.

How can David Allen help?

Our agricultural team offer a record keeping service to help farm businesses comply with NVZ regulations.  We keep up-to-date with the regulations and records necessary for full NVZ compliance and will help you with all aspects relating to your business including:

  • discuss the proposed NVZ area and how it affects you
  • preparing and updating your NVZ risk maps
  • maintaining your fertiliser and field records
  • working out slurry storage requirements for periods when it cannot be applied
  • calculating non-spreading conditions and areas
  • controls during closed periods
  • calculation of livestock nitrogen and manure limits
  • grassland derogation applications

We maintain all records to the highest standards and will provide you with regular, easy to understand reports to help you make the best choices for your business.

As specialist agricultural accountants, consultants and tax advisers we work with clients in all areas of the agriculture and rural sectors, and are at the heart of the farming community.

Our specialist AgriBusiness Consultants work more than just nine-to-five bringing the solutions you need at a time that suits you.

For more information contact Tom Benson on 01228 711888 or email

Posted: February 10th, 2017

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