17 July 2023
Environmental advisers to register for acquired rights scheme.
THOSE who deliver environmental advice to UK growers on-farm are being urged to join the Environmental Advisers Register from the professional standards body BASIS, before the merit scheme ends on December 31st.
The acquired rights scheme is open to anyone with the relevant valid experience or qualifications and is only available for an initial period while the new register is becoming established.
Head of Environment, Audit and Public Affairs at BASIS, Teresa Meadows, commented on the importance of supporting advisers through this opportunity.
“We want everyone from farm advisers, consultants, agronomists or those who work for government bodies to join this new Register,” she said. “They will instantly gain further professional recognition, be able to demonstrate high quality CPD and become listed on the ‘Find an Adviser’ page on our website for farmers and local advisers to contact them to work together on-farm in their area of expertise.
“Having this short-term acquired rights system means we can get as many knowledgeable people to join as easily possible at the start of the Register and become part of our network of trusted and verified environmental advisers.
“This is really important at a time where the focus on supporting and understanding environmentally- friendly ways of farming is becoming increasingly urgent.”
There are two acquired rights routes that can be taken before the deadline: Individuals must have either a minimum of three years’ experience delivering environmental advice or have previously passed the BETA Conservation Management qualifications.
Lewis Butlin, a Farm Business and Environmental Consultant who is part of the Rural Consultancy team at Agrovista was the first registered person on the Environmental Advisers Register.
“I support my clients with all areas of the Rural Consultancy team’s provision. In addition to client work, I provide policy advice and briefings to team members across Agrovista," he said.
“By joining the BASIS Environmental Advisers Register I know I am now part of a respected network of advisers offering quality advice.”
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