Whether you are an existing or previous client, partner, or indeed someone we just like to keep in touch with, I’d like to give you the largest Thank You for your support and business over the past 20 years and on into the future as we make more developments and take increasing number of orders.
On our journey of GIS development and consultancy, we have become a devoted leading supplier of software and services to nearly 2000 loyal customers.
To our very first clients and to the most recent, your trust in our digital mapping solutions has made the celebration of our 20th Anniversary in 2015 possible! So again-Thank you!
Letter from our Managing Director, Chris Makin
As Managing Director of Pear Technology, I feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity to steer Pear Technology through the next phase of the company’s journey without the guiding light of our founder, John Cowling.
John has now officially retired from the day to day running of the company but his regular attendance at our quarterly operations meetings allows for an exchange of views and provides an arena for some strategic thinking. John has built up twenty years of knowledge about our market place and provides a good sounding board for new ideas and initiatives.
I am pleased to report that Pear enjoyed a very good trading performance for the year ending April 2015. The company posted its best ever sales performance resulting in year on year growth in turnover of 20%. We also added a further 186 new customers to our client base and maintained our relationship with our existing customers via our very personal Technical Support Service. The company was able to take on more staff during the year to support our business operations as well as providing work experience for a number of budding GIS experts still in education.
As with all companies that are pleasant to work with and within it is the people behind the emails and the website who make the difference. Here at Pear, we have a dedicated team of professionals who are prepared to go the extra mile to provide attentive customer support to our existing clients as well as drive long distances to give first hand demonstrations and training to our new and potential customers.
Finally I would like to add my thanks to all our customers for their continued support of our products and services and to all the staff at Pear, both past and present, who make coming to work at Pear a pleasure!
Pear Technology Managing Director
Pear Technology are thrilled to announce that they will be exhibiting at the Farm Business & Innovation show on the 11th./12th. November at the NEC in Birmingham.
The Farm Business & Innovation shows is a large event that keeps Farmers, Land Managers, Glampers, Campers, Estate Owners and all sorts of other people up to date with the latest software, products and services that are available to help them manage their land and assets. It really is a great opportunity to explore avenues that you may have never thought of before and the whole show is an extremely well organised event. An added bonus is the number of useful and interesting seminars which are held throughout the two days which are short, punchy and topical.
Pear will be exhibiting on Stand 442 promoting our mapping software, new available datasets and various types of GPS equipment. We are excited to say that we have a specialist from Leica exhibiting with us who will be demonstrating a new range of devices that Pear will soon be selling. Pear will be introducing a new service which is our very own online ‘MapShop’ which allows customers to purchase OS MasterMap and OS VML data for a user defined area, 24 hours a day.
The show is also a great opportunity to meet some members of the Pear team. Freddie Ryan, who is managing the Farms and Estate Sector will be attending on both days along with a new colleague, Charlie Farrington, who is based down in the South West and has a strong background in the farming sector. In addition, the managing director Chris Makin, will be in attendance and is looking forward to meeting all existing and new customers.
We look forward to seeing you at the show.
Admission tickets, which are free, can be obtained by following the link below:-
Public Rights of Way data has recently become much more widely available and Pear Technology are pleased to offer the service of adding this information to your digital map.
Available on various Ordnance Survey raster tiles, Public Rights of Way information previously had to be purchased then painstakingly traced leaving some degree of inaccuracy. It can now be added to your digital map on its own layer, making it much easier to display and edit on your map. In PT-Mapper Pro, one click can tell you how long the footpath is and another can show you the route in Google Earth’s aerial view.
Subject to the data availability, we can provide you with a layer for each classification of the Public Rights of Way. These are:
- Footpaths – for walking, running or mobility vehicles.
- Bridleways – for walking, horse riding, cycling or mobility vehicles.
- Restricted Byways – for any transport without a motor and mobility vehicles.
- Byways Open to All Traffic (BOAT) – for any kind of transport, including cars but mainly used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Landowners have responsibilities for the Rights of Way which fall on their land. Knowing where these routes are is the first step in ensuring compliance with environmental law!
Did you know?
- You are not allowed to grow crops on Public Rights of Way, although grass can be grown for hay and silage.
- Footpaths and Bridleways may not be ploughed unless they cross fields. Landowners must then supply an access route 1m – 2m wide respectively within 14 days of ploughing.
- You cannot put up gates or stiles without the local authorities permission.
If you would like Public Rights of Way information added to your map simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02392 499689 and we can check availability and provide a quote for the work.
The Farm Business Innovation show is growing into its second year, Pear Technology will be exhibiting to share what we have been working on and what is happening in the world of mapping for rural market.
With last year’s success, the two days are expanding to incorporate the Country House Innovation show to host in one place everything innovative in the rural sector. As well as the exhibitors, there are going to be a diversity of speakers sharing the best ideas of rural development from the “Future of Diversification” to “How to grow your brand”. It promises to be a fascinating two days and best of all it is free for all to attend.
Thursday 27th November 10am – 6pm
Friday 28th November 10am – 5pm
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W148UX
What Pear is doing at the show
We will be showing how our software and services assist rural innovation and that as well as the latest Ordnance Survey large-scale maps, there is an increasing supply of freely available Governmental map data available to take advantage of. Access to this data from Land Registry, the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Natural England, RPA is a key part of rural business management, and our products and services are designed to make this as useful as possible to you.
We have been asked to present two seminars describing how the world of mapping and GIS is evolving for farms and estates, and the opportunities that are now at your fingertips.
Pear Technology’s Farm Business Innovation Seminar. Find out more.
Pear Technology’s Country House Innovation Seminar. Find out more.
Take a day or two out in London to experience the latest innovations taking place in the rural sector. It is going to be a great couple of days uncovering the latest ideas and opportunities available to you and your business. We look forward to seeing you there.
Getting free tickets
To get your free ticket for the show follow this link.
Farm Business Innovation Show- http://www.thefarmingshow.co.uk/
FBI Seminars- http://www.thefarmingshow.co.uk/seminars/
FBI Free Tickets- https://tickets.prysmgroup.co.uk/farming/119/
Country House Innovation Show- http://www.countryhouseinnovation.co.uk/
CHI seminars- http://www.countryhouseinnovation.co.uk/speakers/
CHI Order Free Tickets- https://tickets.prysmgroup.co.uk/ctry/127/
Please note this article was written in 2014. You can find the latest way to download your RPA field boundaries by clicking on our new post here.
See note above. Click here for latest info.
Having Rural Payment Agency maps in digital format has many benefits to the landowner. Here’s how to get hold of them.
There are many advantages of having your RPA maps in digital map format within PT-Mapper compared to a simple PDF. In PT-Mapper you can select any map features to get measurements of area or length. It is also possible to make additional edits such as adding buffer strips, or splitting fields. By working with the data sourced from the RPA you can work with the certainty that you are operating with the approved data for your land. PT-Mapper will display the RPA field boundaries onto your existing maps with the field numbers and areas as specified by the RPA. You will then be able to treat them as you can anything else in PT-Mapper. Follow the steps outlined below to import them into the latest version of PT-Mapper.
How to obtain your maps
- Have ready your Business name and SBI number
- Email: email@example.com and ask for the ‘shapefile’ of the RPA field boundaries for your Business name and SBI number. Request for the shapefile to be returned to your email address.
- Have ready your SBI number & Business name to give to the operator
- Call: 03456 037777
- Choose the 5th option ‘Land and Mapping’
- Go through any security chekcs
- Asked to be emailed the ‘shapefiles’ RPA field boundaries, give the email address held on the RPA system for them to return the data to.
Importing the digital Map file into PTM
- Save the file returned from the RPA to an appropriate place on your computer, and ‘unzip’ the folder
- Within PT Mapper click – File> Import> Import RPA file
- Find the RPA file you have unzipped and click Open
- Your RPA Map should now be imported onto PT Mapper. If not, please contact us.
The new CAP Reform for farmers will be replacing the Single Payment Scheme in 2015 with the introduction of the Basic Payment Scheme. Get prepared by organising your maps quickly and easily with Pear Technology.
Pear’s rural land management mapping software, PT-Mapper, allows you to cover all the forthcoming requirements, including:
As a farmer, you will need to comply with three “greening measures”. These three measures will affect up to 30% of the BPS payment, so it is important to ensure you are compliant with the requirements. Additional EFA options may be added in time, but initially the three areas are:
Ecological Focus Areas
Buffer strips and hedges count as high importance EFAs and are weighted highly. However, farmers deciding to use hedgerows as part of their EFA could face a significant delay to their payment because of the mapping requirements. It is therefore important to submit suitably mapped claims as soon as possible.
Environmentally beneficial crops, such as nitrogen fixing, catch crops and cover crops are included. There will be no restrictions on inputs (pesticides and fertilisers). The list of crops counting towards this requirement is to be published shortly.
Maintenance of permanent grassland
This relates to land lying fallow where you have sown with environmental seed mixes such as wild bird seed mix and pollen and nectar mixes.
Weightings and coefficients
These weightings will affect how much each option will count for on the ground:
|Features||Conversion factor||Weighting factor||Ecological focus area|
|Catch crops/green cover||n.a||0.3||0.3m²|
|Nitrogen fixing crops||n.a||0.7||0.7m²|
|Land lying fallow||n.a||1||1m²|
For example hedgerows 100m will be multiplied by a conversion factor of 5, and the weighting factor of 2 Result= 100 x 5 x 2= 1000m2 Please see additional documentation on information relating to double funding and decisions regarding GAEC standards.
*Document referenced from the CLA documentation
For more information, please visit:Gov.uk- Countryside gets set to claim £15billion under CAP reform NFU- Basic Payment Scheme – BPS CLA- BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME Robinson and Hall- CAP Reform 2015 – The New Basic Payment Scheme