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Countryside Stewardship 2018

Countryside Stewardship 2018

Event date: 
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 09:45 to 13:00

Newark Showground, Presidents Suite, Lincoln Road, Newark-on-Trent, Notts, NG24 2NY

Natural England would like to thank you for the support you have given to managing and protecting the countryside through Environmental Stewardship.

We hope that you will consider applying for Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship this year.

Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship is different from ELS, some elements are competitively scored whereas the ‘Offers for Wildlife’ packages are simpler to apply for and are non-competitive.  These 4 offers consist of land management options specifically designed for either arable, lowland grassland, mixed farming or upland farms.

The Mid Tier application window is now open and closes on 31st July 2018. Successful applications will start on 1st January 2019.

If you are thinking of applying for Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship this year, these events will be of interest.  They will cover how the scheme works, who is eligible and what the environmental priorities are in your local area.

For a full list of events please go to


09/04/2018 - 09:45 to 13:00
Woodland Management Course

Woodland Management Course

Event date: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Location: Allerton Project, Loddington, Leicestershire

Price: £145

To book your place please call 01572 718730

A day run by the GWCT Advisory Team covering important aspects of woodland management including:

  • Preparing the land for planting – preparation of a woodland planting site and possible seed mixes that may be planted prior to woodland establishment.
  • Woodland planting and establishment – things to consider, species, structure and planting tips.
  • Woodland Management, habitat and controlling deer and grey squirrels.
  • Managing woods to maximise the benefit for game and wildlife.
  • Sustainable gamebird management in woodlands.
  • Grants and Permissions – Countryside Stewardship Grants and how to apply. What licences and permissions are needed and when?
  • Woodland Walk – This will take place in maturing plantation woodland, new plantings and semi–natural ancient woodland.

Includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information or to book, please contact Amelia Woolford at [email protected] or 01572 718730.

12/04/2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
Soil Tillage, Traction and Compaction, Harper Adams University

Soil Tillage, Traction and Compaction, Harper Adams University

Event date: 
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:30 to Friday, April 20, 2018 - 16:30
The Soil Tillage, Traction and Compaction course is a comprehensive programme in the sciences of soil tillage, traction and compaction. This includes their application to improve tillage and traction efficiency, whilst minimising compaction.
The course looks in detail at the design and function of implements used in primary, secondary cultivations and harvesting in relation to their impact on soil properties. The design and effect of different vehicles (tyres, tracks etc.) used for tillage in combination with these implements/machines will also be considered

Location: Harper Adams University

More information here

Advances in Soil Biology The Soil Macrobiome

Advances in Soil Biology The Soil Macrobiome

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:30

Currently within the UK and within the European research community, there is considerable expertise in soil biology including specialists who would otherwise call themselves soil scientists, ecologists, taxonomists, agronomists, microbiologists, entomologists and even farmers. Furthermore, recent advances in genetic and other biochemical techniques now provide new ways to explore and characterise soil communities, and are beginning to reveal the true complexity, and functional importance, of the below-ground ecological interactions driven by soil biology.


Whitelands College

University of Roehampton

Roehampton Lane

London SW15 5PJ


More information here.

18/04/2018 - 09:30 to 16:30
New Grass and herbal leys farm network meeting

New Grass and herbal leys farm network meeting

Event date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:30 to 16:30
ADAS and AHDB are seeking industry representatives to join a new farm network focusing on the use of grass and herbal leys. Farmers, interested individuals and organisations are invited to join the network which will provide a platform to investigate the long-term impacts of leys in rotations.
To launch the initiative, a free meeting is being held on 19th April at Coventry Rugby Club for those interested in taking part. It will include a morning workshop with speakers discussing current knowledge on rotational benefits of leys followed by an interactive session where participants are invited to help steer and prioritise the activities of the network.
 New grass and herbal leys farm network launched
ADAS Soil Scientist Lizzie Sagoo said: “This is a great opportunity for farmers and researchers to work together to identify the longer-term benefits of leys. We are particularly keen to hear from farmers willing to take part in future projects who have, or are considering introducing, grass or herbal leys into their rotations.
“A focus will be impacts on soil health and the potential for using leys for blackgrass control as well as the practical and economic considerations of including grass or herbal leys in arable rotations.
“The network will enable us to work more closely with farmers and a priority will be to ensure future research is targeted to industry needs and the outputs are easily accessible.”
Rebecca Colman, AHDB Beef & Lamb Research Scientist, said: “Defra’s newly published 25-year plan includes a commitment to work with farmers to achieve good soil management practice and this includes reintroducing grass leys into arable rotations. AHDB value long-term research in this area to help us understand the benefits and challenges of integrating leys into arable rotations.”
The launch meeting is free to attend and open to all, however registration is required as places are limited. Email GrassLeys.[email protected] or phone 01954 268 200
To register to join the Grass and herbal leys network, please click here to complete a short questionnaire on your use of/interest in grass/herbal leys.


Location: Coventry Rugby Club

19/04/2018 - 10:30 to 16:30
Sustainable Food Trust, the future of UK Farming

Sustainable Food Trust, the future of UK Farming

Event date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 09:30 to Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 16:30
This conference will set out and debate the opportunities and consequences for farmers in a post-Brexit environment.
Throughout the programme, we will explore how we can design food systems which are profitable for farmers, whilst at the same time enhancing the environment and public health. We will also discuss growing consumer demands for local, traceable food and how all farmers can adapt to keep up with this market.


Hill Barn
Fir Farm
Lower Swell
More information here
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