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Events

Topical, relevant workshops offering understandable, practical presentations by experts and case study speakers, often followed by a good lunch! These are the hallmarks of Warwickshire Rural Hub events.

There have been more events and visits in the last 12 months than ever before and they fall into three categories: information, regulation and innovation. The latest survey responses from Members have told us that 96% feel the information provided by the Hub is both reliable and useful.

The last characteristic of our programme of events is that delegates are very reluctant to go home! The opportunity to network is a crucial component of our events and delegates certainly take the chance to do so. At evening meetings, this can lead to bleary-eyed Hub staff at 11.00 pm, but they recognise that well connected businesses are successful businesses.

Forthcoming Hub Events

Tree and woodland event - 14 November 2017

7.00pm - 9.30pm
By kind permission of Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell CV35 9BP

The presentation will be led by Tim Shardlow MICFor M Abor A of Nicholson's Nurseries.  This event will be followed up with a practical outdoor session in spring 2018. 

Further information will be available in due course. In the meantime please reserve your place with the Co-ordinator.


Contact: Jane Hampson
Email: info@ruralhub.org.uk

Recent Hub Events

Moth Event - 15 July 2017

Come and join us at at a farm near Shipston on Stour, by kind permission of Tom Newbery, to learn all about the range of moths that reside in the region.

Moths are the (arguably) less glamorous element of the Lepidoptera. They are mostly nocturnal but more diverse and plentiful. Their numbers and variety are in part a measure of the biodiversity of habitats so they are important.

There will be an informative and entertaining talk including viewing some previously trapped specimens. This will be followed with an informal walk around some of the farm. You are welcome to stay later into the evening when it is dark and the traps are switched on.

This evening event will be following by pork baps.

Further information will following in due course but in the meantime please save the date!


Contact: Jane Hampson
Contact number: 0
Email: info@ruralhub.org.uk

Syngenta barbeque and plot tours inc. presentation of Forsyth Lapwing Cup - 3 July 2017

Chesterton Fields Farm, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, Warks, CV33 9JY
courtesy of John and Rob Hadley

6.00pm - 8.30pm

Syngenta barbeque and plot tours including presentation of the Forsyth Lapwing Challenge Cup 

The plot tour will include wheat and barley varieties, new SDHI fungicide chemistry for control of foliar and seed and soil borne diseases and blackgrass control strategies.

Syngenta seed mixes will be presented at 6.45pm to the winner of the Forsyth Lapwing Challenge cup for conservation alongside commercial agriculture.

To book your place please contact Jane Hampson


Contact: Jane Hampson
Email: info@ruralhub.org.uk

Carbon management tools that work for farmers - 8 June 2017

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire CV8 2LG
10.30am - 1.00pm

You are invited to a free event to tell us what you think about the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit calculator and how it could be improved so that it works for your business.

This interactive workshop is designed for arable farmers, and will provide an opportunity to have a look at the tool, which is the only one designed to take into account how you manage your soil and its impact on carbon sequestration.  If you are interested in understanding the impact of your management on your carbon footprint, and are up for helping shape the next version so that it reports on the data that you need, then book your place today!

The event is free but booking is essential. Book your place by contacting Becky Willson

Contact: Becky Willson
Contact number: 078753 56611
Email: becky.willson@farmcarbontoolkit.co.uk

Dawn Chorus Walk - 4 May 2017

Hill Farm, Priors Hardwick
5.00am

We are pleased to announce that our popular Dawn Chorus Walk will this year be held on the farm that triumphed in the 2016 Forsyth Challenge Lapwing Cup.  We would like to thank Hugh Darbishire and his family for allowing us to use his home for the walk.

The walk will start promptly at 5.00am and will be led by Matt Willmott, who has been the farm's adviser for many years.  Matt will point out the birds that are present on the farm and the conservation features that have encouraged so much wildlife to live alongside the commercial farming operations.

A bacon bap breakfast can also be purchased after the walk for £5.

Please register your place beforehand with the Hub office and let us know if you will also require breakfast.


Contact: Jane Hampson
Contact number: 0
Email: info@ruralhub.org.uk

Farm Diversification - from beef to beer? - 27 March 2017

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park
2.00pm - 5.00pm


Are you a farm who is looking to diversify? Our free workshop could be for you!

Businesses in rural areas now have a number of different routes to find support for their growth ambitions. The Warwickshire Rural Hub have come together with Warwickshire County Council and the Rural Development Team at Defra to host a workshop to help your business access the most relevant funding opportunities.
Register to come along to find out more about Defra's RDPE Growth Grants. These funds are part of a wider package of funds available to support Coventry and Warwickshire businesses including European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment grants, ERDF innovation grants, ERDF low carbon grants and Warwickshire County Council's Growth Fund - Small Capital Grants.

As part of the workshop we will be hearing from two farmers who have diversified into new areas of business - Church Farm Brewery of Budbroke and Toft Alpacas of Dunchurch.

Tea and cakes will be available during the mid-afternoon break when there will be plenty of chance to network with other attendees. You can also book a private surgery meeting with RDPE staff.

Please book your place early using the eventbrite website below. If you have any queries about the workshop please email the Hub office.

Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farm-diversification-from-beef-to-beer-tickets-31971057293

Rodent Control on Farms Course - 15 March 2017

Warwickshire Rural Hub, in collaboration with Middle England Training Limited, are running a Rodent Control on Farms course at the Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Course Description:
This course is designed to help people plan and carry out rat and mouse control in an agricultural setting. It is intended to provide a full working knowledge of both preventive and curative methods to be able to plan, implement and monitor a control programme that is appropriate to the situation, assessing and using the most efficient and safe methods and with due regard to the environment. This course provides an opportunity to gain an industry recognised certificate that will be a requirement for users.

Course Content:
Legislation that affects Pest Management
Common terms for using Biocides
Public Health Biocides Product labels
Safe Storage and Transport of Biocides
Disposal of Biocides and Containers
Keeping Biocide Records
Specific Legislation and best practice for the management and control of rats and mice
Target Pest Species
Non-Target Species
Site Surveys
Evaluate Control Options
Control Programmes

Duration: One Day

Course Cost:
£130 training plus VAT and £35 Lantra registration

If you are interested in attending this course, please contact Julie@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07715 311657 or Jill Salt at jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07754 039214.


Contact: Middle England Training
Contact number: 07715 311657
Email: jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk

BPS Workshop - 9 March 2017

2.00 - 4.00pm
Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, is running a BPS 2017 workshop.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2016 issues but will chiefly focus on the online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.

Contact: Luke Ryder
Contact number: 01952 400500
Email: west.midlands@nfu.org.uk

An evening talk by Nuffield Scholar Neil McGowan - Managing Large Scale Breeding Programs - 9 November 2016

Kenilworth & District Agricultural Society  and Warwickshire Rural Hub
present

An evening talk by Nuffield Scholar Neil McGowan  -  Managing Large Scale Breeding Programs

9th November 2016 at 7pm
The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

Beef and Sheep breeding programs - with selection for efficiency in mind

Incheoch is a family farm in upland Perthshire - home to 3 generations of the McGowan family whose goal is to be a source of ‘functional, efficient and robust breeding stock’.
For Neil’s project he wanted to find out how performance recorded flocks of 20,000 ewes were practically managed and how herd-sizes were being enlarged through the use of co-operative breeders; how predicted performance levels from breeding programs were being commercially authenticated and ultimately, how the genetics were being marketed.   His research took him to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US as well as the UK.
He was particularly interested to see in practice the selection of sheep for resistance to infections (worms and footrot), and in cattle, feed efficiency.  His belief is that if sheep can be managed with less labour, and cattle produced with less feed, both sectors will have an even brighter future.

To book a place please email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk 

Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Moths Evening at Abbey Farm - FULLY BOOKED - 5 August 2016

An evening with Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire trapping and identifying moths at Abbey Farm, Wolvey...by kind invitation of Jon & Sally Slee

Moths are the (arguably) less glamorous element of the Lepidoptera. They are mostly nocturnal but more diverse and plentiful. Their numbers and variety are in part a measure of the biodiversity of habitats so they are important.

There will be an informative and entertaining talk including viewing some previously trapped specimens. This will be followed with an informal walk around some of the farm including the pond and three orchards where various members of the Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire group will be located setting traps ready to record which moths will appear later in the evening. You are welcome to stay later into the evening when it is dark and the traps are switched on.

5th August 2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm (or later if you wish)

There will be a BBQ on arrival at 7.30pm.

Abbey Farm, Hinckley Road, Wolvey, Leicestershire, LE10 3HQ

Booking is essentioal. To Book please contact the Hub office

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

“Farm solar energy – maximising your investment” - 13 July 2016

6pm - 8pm
Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth CV8 1PR (courtesy Henry Lucas)

Many farmers and landowners have installed solar photovoltaic systems on their barns, fields and buildings. Recent reductions in Government incentives have reduced the economic viability of such projects in the future. Instead the focus is now moving into maximising the investment through good maintenance and servicing, automatic energy generation monitoring, renewable electricity storage and improved solar PV efficiency.
Mike Woollacott (Greenwatt) and Colin Strong (CMS) will present a practical workshop to bring farmers up to date with the current incentive regime - and introduce the new and emerging technologies and systems that will maximise the financial returns for solar energy:

- Farm renewables - an update
- Solar panel cleaning - a practical demonstration
- Servicing your solar PV system
- Solar electricity storage - costs and benefits
- Farm energy monitoring

For further details or booking, please contact Carrie Robbins at Rural Hub

Greenwatt Sustainable Solutions in association with CMS Solutions (formerly known as New World Solar)


Contact: Rural Hub
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Village Farm – A Farm Walk with Miranda Aston & Ulrike Ull - 8 July 2016

Village Farm - A Farm Walk with Miranda Aston & Ulrike Ull
A Warwickshire small holding with a big passion for environmental conservation

8th July 2016, 10am - 12.30pm
Village Farm, 11a Birdingbury Road, Marton, Warwickshire, CV23 9RY

At Village Farm they use environmental and conservation skills to improve hedges and woods, restoration of ditches and riverbanks, restoration of the rare lowland meadow, dead wood piles and dead hedging, bug hotels, native farm species and woodland coppicing. The farm has three main fields - one under ELS and two under HLS. The lower fields border the River Leam and are one of the few remaining Lowland Meadows in Warwickshire. The meadows contain a number of attractive flora species and a network of unusual ditches. To encourage wildflowers they use no chemicals and the land is worked by hand or using vintage farm machinery. The lower fields are in their 3rd year of a 10year active management plan with the aim of restoring them to Lowland Meadow. The farm has a wide variety of insect, bird and animal wildlife on the farm.

Places are restricted and booking is essential.
To book a place please contact the Hub office:
Tel: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Syngenta Warwick Demo Site Open Evening & Fosyth Challenge Cup Presentation - 4 July 2016

At Chesterton Fields Farm, Warwickshire, CV33 9JY courtesy of John and Rob Hadley.

Meet at any time after 6pm when we will be serving a BBQ plus other refreshments prior to tours of the plots starting at 7pm.

Syngenta have a new cereal fungicide called SOLATENOL which we would like to show you which we hope will be available to growers for the 2017 season.

In addition we have winter wheat and barley variety plots including our new Group 4 variety GRAHAM which has an excellent disease profile plus our latest hybrid barley varieties BAZOOKA and BELFRY.

Blackgrass is still a major issue for many growers so we will be demonstrating some pre em stacking work in wheat and we will be looking at the competitive nature of hybrid barley.

We also have our local Fungicide Challenge trial located at the site where we are looking at some different fungicide programs plus work in OSR.

Thus as always there is plenty to see and hopefully we can help with your cropping decisions for the coming season.

The winner of the Forsyth Lapwing Challenge Cup will be announced prior to the tour of the plots at approx 6.45pm.


Contact: The Rural Hub
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Bats, Bees and Birds - 29 June 2016

You are invited to the Warwickshire CFE summer pollinator event. This year we are looking at how to increase the pollinators (and other insects) on your farm and help feed bats and birds at the same time. We will cover the following topics:

- Management and creation of flower rich habitats
- Bats and their food source
- Bat detecting at dusk

Time: 7.30pm for tea and cake, farm walk starts 8pm

Venue: The Woodlands Business Centre, Woodlands Farm, Malthouse Lane,
Long Compton, Warwickshire, CV36 5JL
By kind permission of James Walton

A Campaign for the Farmed Environment supported by the Warwickshire Rural Hub, Natural England and Warwickshire County Council

To book:
Online - www.nfuonline.com/CFEevents or call the CFE National Event booking line on 02476 858 897.
To speak to your local CFE adviser specifically about the event, please call Zoe Bell 07980 771872.

Or to book via the Hub call 02476 697496 or email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

BASIS - Nutrient Management Planning - 6 June 2016

Further to the request of some Hub members, this course is for those who have already gained their FACTS qualification.

This nutrient management planning course is designed to offer FACTS Qualified Advisors a training programme which will enable them to have the right type of competency in nutrient management planning and associated practices.

Who is this course for?
This course is designed to prepare FACTS Qualified Advisers (FQAs) to manage the challenges of the Water Framework Directive (its associated initiatives and regulations), greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and soil protection, while also improving farm profitability, industry leaders have urged the FACTS Committee to introduce this topic of training in Nutrient Management Planning as core CPD training.
Nutrient Management Training is compulsory for all current FACTS Qualified Advisers and those gaining the qualification prior to 31st December 2009. Only those who have attended the Train the Trainer Events and taken the Nutrient Management Exam are able to offer the training. The modules and points will NOT be awarded to anyone who submits points with a trainer who has not gained the NMP Qualification.

Course contents
• Achieving crop nitrogen utilisation efficiency
• Managing farm phosphorus
• Techniques for in-field nutrient management
• Efficient use of manures and other organic materials
• Integration of nutrient management decisions with environmental regulations and policies, including nutrient planning and record keeping
• Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS) and farm security
Entry Requirements
• Candidates must have a FACTS qualification

Exam
The course attendees will then be able to take the exam independently on-line.

When: 6 & 7th June 2016

Where: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Course Cost
£300 per person. When booking a place there is a non-refundable deposit of £100.

For further details contact call Carrie Robbins at the Hub on 02476 697496 or email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk



BPS Workshop - WORCESTERSHIRE - 27 April 2016

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, are running BPS 2016 workshops which are now planned for the coming weeks and months across Worcestershire & Warwickshire.

With thousands of members still not paid for 2015, 87,000 outstanding claim statements and many facing significant underpayments it seems a little strange to be organising meetings to discuss building 2016 claims but the 16th May stands and we must all now turn our attention to claiming for this next year.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2015 issues but will chiefly focus on the new online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

22/03/2016 at 10.00am - 12pm
Worcester - Holt Heath Village Hall, WR6 6NE

22/03/2016 at 1.30pm - 3pm
Warwickshire - NFU Mutual, Meridan House, 6 Eastwood Business Village, Binley, Coventry, CV23 2UB

29/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

30/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - To be confirmed. Stratford Livestock Market, Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

05/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

13/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Hanley Swan Village Hall, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DA

26/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

27/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.


Future Farming Fundamentals - 27 April 2016

Overbury Village Hall, Overbury, Glos GL20 7NR
Wednesday 27 April, 17.45 for 18.00

The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (Midlands Region), supported by Warwickshire Rural Hub, is inviting you to:

Future Farming Fundamentals

A panel debate with
- Quentin Clark, LEAF
- Alistair Driver, Farmers Guardian
- Jake Freestone, Overbury Farms’ manager
- Martin Grantley-Smith, AHDB


You are invited to attend the above event and challenge our panellists who will be channelling some real future fundamentals for farming businesses. Find out their opinions on

- developing strategies to ride out volatile markets
- unravelling the Brexit uncertainties
- maintaining resilience
- staying sustainable

Our host, Overbury Farms’ Jake Freestone will kick start the debate discussing his own farming operation as a case study. The unit which is part of the 1,538ha estate and includes Bredon Hill, has been in the same family ownership for over 250 years yet continues to be at the forefront of thinking and adoption of technologies and systems. Jake will describe the systems that the unit - one of 36 LEAF demonstration farms, has been adopting, combining precision farming techniques with enhanced environmental considerations to maintain biodiversity.

Members of the local Rural Hub, LEAF, AHDB, the Wildlife Trusts and other invitees with an interest in these concerns will join in with the panel to debate the actions that can be taken now to prepare for the potential eventualities.

Light refreshments; £10 contribution towards expenses.

To book a place please contact Liz Snaith:

Contact: Liz Snaith
Contact number: 07974 678833
Email: liz@lizsnaithconsultants.com

BPS Workshop - WARWICKSHIRE - 26 April 2016

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, are running BPS 2016 workshops which are now planned for the coming weeks and months across Worcestershire & Warwickshire.

With thousands of members still not paid for 2015, 87,000 outstanding claim statements and many facing significant underpayments it seems a little strange to be organising meetings to discuss building 2016 claims but the 16th May stands and we must all now turn our attention to claiming for this next year.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2015 issues but will chiefly focus on the new online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

22/03/2016 at 10.00am - 12pm
Worcester - Holt Heath Village Hall, WR6 6NE

22/03/2016 at 1.30pm - 3pm
Warwickshire - NFU Mutual, Meridan House, 6 Eastwood Business Village, Binley, Coventry, CV23 2UB

29/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

30/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - To be confirmed. Stratford Livestock Market, Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

05/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

13/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Hanley Swan Village Hall, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DA

26/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

27/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.


BPS Workshop - WORCESTERSHIRE - 13 April 2016

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, are running BPS 2016 workshops which are now planned for the coming weeks and months across Worcestershire & Warwickshire.

With thousands of members still not paid for 2015, 87,000 outstanding claim statements and many facing significant underpayments it seems a little strange to be organising meetings to discuss building 2016 claims but the 16th May stands and we must all now turn our attention to claiming for this next year.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2015 issues but will chiefly focus on the new online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

22/03/2016 at 10.00am - 12pm
Worcester - Holt Heath Village Hall, WR6 6NE

22/03/2016 at 1.30pm - 3pm
Warwickshire - NFU Mutual, Meridan House, 6 Eastwood Business Village, Binley, Coventry, CV23 2UB

29/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

30/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - To be confirmed. Stratford Livestock Market, Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

05/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

13/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Hanley Swan Village Hall, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DA

26/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

27/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.


BPS Workshop - WARWICKSHIRE - 5 April 2016

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, are running BPS 2016 workshops which are now planned for the coming weeks and months across Worcestershire & Warwickshire.

With thousands of members still not paid for 2015, 87,000 outstanding claim statements and many facing significant underpayments it seems a little strange to be organising meetings to discuss building 2016 claims but the 16th May stands and we must all now turn our attention to claiming for this next year.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2015 issues but will chiefly focus on the new online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

22/03/2016 at 10.00am - 12pm
Worcester - Holt Heath Village Hall, WR6 6NE

22/03/2016 at 1.30pm - 3pm
Warwickshire - NFU Mutual, Meridan House, 6 Eastwood Business Village, Binley, Coventry, CV23 2UB

29/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

30/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - To be confirmed. Stratford Livestock Market, Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

05/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

13/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Hanley Swan Village Hall, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DA

26/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

27/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.


BPS Workshop - WARWICKSHIRE - 30 March 2016

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, are running BPS 2016 workshops which are now planned for the coming weeks and months across Worcestershire & Warwickshire.

With thousands of members still not paid for 2015, 87,000 outstanding claim statements and many facing significant underpayments it seems a little strange to be organising meetings to discuss building 2016 claims but the 16th May stands and we must all now turn our attention to claiming for this next year.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2015 issues but will chiefly focus on the new online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

22/03/2016 at 10.00am - 12pm
Worcester - Holt Heath Village Hall, WR6 6NE

22/03/2016 at 1.30pm - 3pm
Warwickshire - NFU Mutual, Meridan House, 6 Eastwood Business Village, Binley, Coventry, CV23 2UB

29/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

30/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - To be confirmed. Stratford Livestock Market, Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

05/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

13/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Hanley Swan Village Hall, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DA

26/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

27/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.


BPS Workshop - Worcestershire - 29 March 2016

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, are running BPS 2016 workshops which are now planned for the coming weeks and months across Worcestershire & Warwickshire.

With thousands of members still not paid for 2015, 87,000 outstanding claim statements and many facing significant underpayments it seems a little strange to be organising meetings to discuss building 2016 claims but the 16th May stands and we must all now turn our attention to claiming for this next year.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2015 issues but will chiefly focus on the new online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

22/03/2016 at 10.00am - 12pm
Worcester - Holt Heath Village Hall, WR6 6NE

22/03/2016 at 1.30pm - 3pm
Warwickshire - NFU Mutual, Meridan House, 6 Eastwood Business Village, Binley, Coventry, CV23 2UB

29/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

30/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - To be confirmed. Stratford Livestock Market, Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

05/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

13/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Hanley Swan Village Hall, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DA

26/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

27/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.


BPS Workshops - WARWICKSHIRE & WORCESTERSHIRE - 22 March 2016

The NFU, in partnership with the Rural Hub, are running BPS 2016 workshops which are now planned for the coming weeks and months across Worcestershire & Warwickshire.

With thousands of members still not paid for 2015, 87,000 outstanding claim statements and many facing significant underpayments it seems a little strange to be organising meetings to discuss building 2016 claims but the 16th May stands and we must all now turn our attention to claiming for this next year.

If you weren’t already aware you can now log in to the Rural Payments Online Service www.ruralpayments.service.gov.uk/ to begin the application process for the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme.

The workshops below will briefly cover the outstanding 2015 issues but will chiefly focus on the new online functionality, including checking data, making changes, using RLE1’s and finally making declarations prior to submitting.

If any details change a separate notification will be sent. Please help promote these workshops to anyone who might like to attend.

22/03/2016 at 10.00am - 12pm
Worcester - Holt Heath Village Hall, WR6 6NE

22/03/2016 at 1.30pm - 3pm
Warwickshire - NFU Mutual, Meridan House, 6 Eastwood Business Village, Binley, Coventry, CV23 2UB

29/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

30/03/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - To be confirmed. Stratford Livestock Market, Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

05/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

13/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Hanley Swan Village Hall, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, WR8 0DA

26/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Warwickshire - Arthur Rank Centre, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

27/04/2016 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Worcestershire - Ombersley Golf Club, Bishops Wood Lane, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich, WR9 0LE

Please register your interest for the events by contacting either the NFU WM office at west.midlands@nfu.org.uk or 01952 400500 or by contacting the County Adviser, Luke Ryder at luke.ryder@nfu.org.uk or 07766 745495.


Life on the edge: Maximising the value of field margins WORCESTERSHIRE - 14 March 2016

Life on the edge
Maximising the value of field margins

Come along and find out:
- Are your margins suitable for the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme?
- Can they be used for Greening requirements?
- How to establish, create and manage margins for a wide range of wildlife.
- How margins can help you protect watercourses.


Monday, March 14th 2016
10.30am - 2.30pm
at
Hill Farm, Wichenford, WR2 6QX

by kind invitation of Georgina Britten-Long who participates in the Wild Pollinator Facilitation Fund (Worcestershire Wildlife Trust). This project focuses on availability of nectar / pollen, breeding and over wintering habitat. Participating means a ‘score’ uplift of Countryside Stewardship mid tier application by 20%.

NRoSO/BASIS points are applied for

Please book into workshop by:
Email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk
or telephone Herefordshire Rural Hub : 01432 353465

For the farm entrance via Wichenford Village use postcode WR66YY but if coming from Worcester, or Martley direction then use the entrance on the B4204, opposite Kenswick Manor, which is WR2 6XQ


Contact number: 01432 353465
Email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

Life on the Edge: Maximising the Value of Field Margins WARWICKSHIRE - 10 March 2016

10.00am - 12.30pm

Hatton Village Hall, Hatton, Nr Warwick, CV35 7LR

Follwed by a farm walk hosted by Tom Maynard of Hatton Farms Ltd

Come along and find out:
Are your margins suitable for the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme?
Can they be Used for Greening requirements?
How to establish, create and manage margins for a wide range of wildlife
How margins can help you protect watercourses

NRoSO & BASIS points have been applied fpr.

Please bokk onto workshop by:
Email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk
Tel: Herefordshire Rural Hub 01432 353465

A Campaign For The Farmed Environment event supported by:
Warwickshire Rural Hub
Severn Trent Water
Natural England
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Environment Agency

Contact: Herefordshire Rural Hub
Contact number: 01432 3535465
Email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

Countryside Stewardship Arable Options - 8 March 2016

Can the new Countryside Stewardship Schemes work for your
farm business?
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 10.30 - 2.30pm
Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 1PR


We know arable options in the Countryside Stewardship scheme can be used to increase biodiversity but they can also be used in the fight against blackgrass.
Join us for a day finding out about the latest environmental research and Countryside Stewardship options that may benefit your farm business. This includes:
 - CS options and agronomy - How to make a CS scheme that works for you and the environment.
 - How some CS options can help with blackgrass control
 - An introduction in how to create quality habitats on your farm and comply with the CS management prescriptions.
 - Cost benefits of CS arable options.
The day will be led by Marek Nowakowski (Wildlife Farming Company LTD) with Mike Green (Natural England) and Paul Pickford (Agrii)

The event is FREE to attend but booking is essential as a light lunch will be provided
Places are limited so booking is essential.

A collaborative event by Warwickshire Rural Hub, Campaign for the Farmed Environment, Natural England, AHDB, Agrii, Wildlife Farming Company

Contact: Warwickshire Rural Hub
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

‘PROTECTING WHAT IS YOURS’ - AGRICULTURAL SEMINAR - 3 March 2016

Following this event the contact details for the organisations are:

Sheldon Bosley
Email: shipston@sheldonbosley.co.uk  or  stratford@sheldonbosley.co.uk
Tel: 01608 661666  or  01789 292310

Wright Hassall LLP
Email: alexandra.robinson@wrighthassall.co.uk
Tel: 01926 883009

Ellacotts LLP Chartered Accountants 
Email: mdickin@ellacotts.co.uk 
Tel: 01295 250401

NFU Mutual
Email: philip_z_smith@nfumutual.co.uk 
Tel: 07966121663


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Join Ellacotts LLP, Wright Hassall, Sheldon Bosley, Warwickshire Rural Hub & the NFU Mutual for an insightful evening where our speakers will inform you of the paramount principles & practice used when looking to preserve & optimise both your farming business & its associated assets.

Venue:
The Avon Lounges
Warwick Complex
Stoneleigh Park
Warwickshire
CV8 2LG
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Agenda:

18.00 - 18.30 - Arrivals with tea & coffee
18.30 - 18.45 - Introductions
18.45 - 20.00 - Key Speakers:
1. ‘Planning a Wealthy Future’
- Daniel Jackson, Sheldon Bosley
2. ‘The Importance of Having Well Drafted Legal Documents’
- Martin Oliver & John Rouse, Wright Hassall
3. ‘Succession Planning’ - Mark Dickin, Ellacotts LLP
4. ‘Pension Freedoms & Inheritance Tax’
- Sean McCann, NFU Mutual
20.00 - 20.30 - Questions
20.30 Onwards - Drinks & Nibbles
Daniel Jackson, Town Planner, Sheldon Bosley
Based at the Stratford office, Daniel joined Sheldon Bosley in December 2014 following an extensive period with a local development company. His local experience and contacts combined with a practical knowledge and understanding of the wider development process, places him well to advise on a variety of development solutions.

Martin Oliver, Partner, Wright Hassall
Martin specialises in inheritance disputes such as contesting a will and litigation involving wills and trusts. Martin regularly acts in matters concerning high-profile estates with values in excess of £20m which are reported in the national press and which do not proceed to trial.

John Rouse, Partner, Wright Hassall
John specialises in estate and succession planning for landowners, farmers and farming families, business owners and private individuals. He advises on how to minimise your Inheritance Tax liability through will planning, arranging the farm assets and suitable business structure, minimising tax liabilities on development land and asset protection for farming families.

Mark Dickin, Partner, Ellacotts LLP
Mark joined Ellacotts in September 2006 and became a partner in June 2011. Coming from a farming background, it was always Mark’s intention to remain closely involved with agriculture. Mark specialises in providing strategic business and tax planning advice to farming businesses. In particular, Mark understands the significant value attached to agricultural property and succession planning. He also sits on the Warwickshire Branch committee of the CLA and the steering group of the Warwickshire Rural Hub. Mark also continues his involvement with the Banbury Agricultural Association in his capacity as treasurer.

Sean McCann, Chartered Financial Planner, NFU Mutual
Sean McCann is a Chartered Financial Planner at rural insurer and financial services provider NFU Mutual. With 25 years’ experience advising farmers and landowners on inheritance tax and pension planning, Sean has a wealth of expertise on maximising the available tax reliefs and avoiding the pitfalls. Sean’s advice is regularly featured in the national media and he regularly presents at seminars on tax and pension issues.
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Please RSVP to Ruth Farrington at Wright Hassall
by email ruth.farrington@wrighthassall.co.uk or phone 01926 884699

Please note that spaces at this event are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Due to data protection law constraints, you may have already received an invite from one of the other firms mentioned in this invite, if so please accept our apologies and note that all RSVP’s must go to Ruth Farrington.


Building Soil Organic Matter - 25 February 2016

Building Soil Organic Matter - Farm Walk with Stephen Goodwin
Practising sustainable and regenerative agriculture

Time: 11.00 - 3.00pm
Venue: Home Farm, Marston St Lawrence, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2DA

Following on from the event at Tom Newberys farm in November, this farm walk will look at how to build organic matter in the field. Steve runs a 650 acre mixed farm, where he is practicing cover cropping and direct drilling with the ultimate aim of improving his soils and optimising productivity.

Free to attend. Lunch provided.

Places are limited so booking is essential.


Contact: Warwickshire Rural Hub
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Hedgerow Management Event - 10 February 2016

Wednesday 10th February 2016, 10.30 - 2.30pm
Eathorpe Village Hall, Main Steet, Eathorpe, CV33 9DE


Do you want to find a sustainable way to manage your hedges for the future? Do you disagree with 2 or 3 year hedge cutting? Why are your hedges getting gappy? Come and join us for a day of information, discussion and demonstration of hedgerow management

- How to manage your hedge by following the ‘Hedge life cycle’ approach - Nigel Adams
- Grants available under Princethorpe Woodland project - Chris Redstall.
- Practical demonstration of two hedge cutting machines showing different cutting techniques - Chris Gardner, Mill Farm Ashorne Agricultural Services

The two machines at the event will be:

“Spearhead Twiga Pro 700T” (7 metre reach telescopic hedge cutter fitted with a 1.6m flail head) mounted on a Fendt 820 tractor.
A large but fairly typical farm and contractor’s hedge cutter. Ideal for light, medium and heavy flail cutting.

“Spearhead Twiga Flex 890T” (9 metre reach telescopic hedge cutter fitted with a 4 disc “Quadsaw” sawblade unit) mounted on a reverse drive Fendt 828 tractor.
The largest tractor mounted machine on the UK market currently. This machine is designed to operate both forwards and backwards. It can also be fitted with a 1.6 metre flail head for normal hedgecutting. The Quadsaw is ideal for cutting and reshaping overgrown hedges, or for cutting larger branches, up to 8” diameter.


The event is FREE to attend but booking is essential as a light lunch will be provided
To book please contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub Office


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Green Futures - 2016 Seminars - WARWICKSHIRE - 4 February 2016

February 4th 2016, 2pm - 4pm
Stratford Livestock Market, Wincot Farm, Clifford Chambers, Warks, CV37 8LE

or

February 4th 2016, 7pm - 9pm
Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ.

Once again the Green Futures Team are working together to help farming businesses comply with cross compliance, environmental issues & legislation by organising seminars across the region. You are invited to attend a seminar in your area looking at:
- Farming Advice Service - Cross compliance - including 2016 update and inspection issues.
- NFU - Basic Payment Scheme claim for 2016, Greening & EFAs
- Campaign for the Farmed Environment - key environmental management issues for 2016
- Environment Agency - storage of silage, slurry and agricultural fuel oil regulations
- Natural England - news of the Countryside Stewardship Schemes in 2016
- Catchment Sensitive Farming - help with local initiatives and schemes
- CLA - an update on local, regional & national funding initiatives

NFU Mutual will also be attending the evening event on 4th February 2016 at the Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh.

The seminars will be run across the region. Please select your preferred choice.
These events are likely to be heavily subscribed so to book a place please contact
Herefordshire Rural Hub Tel: 01432 353465 or Email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

When phoning or emailing, please state the name(s) of those wishing to attend,
the event you wish to attend, and your contact telephone number & address
or return the attached booking form by post as soon as possible.

NRoSO and Basis registration applied for.

The full list of Green Futures Events are:
February 2nd 2016 2pm - 4pm
Prees Cricket Club, Brades Road, Prees, Shropshire, SY13 2DX
February 2nd 2016, 7pm - 9pm
Craven Arms Community Centre, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9PS
February 4th 2016, 2pm - 4pm
Stratford Livestock Market, Wincot Farm, Clifford Chambers, Warwickshire, CV37 8LE
February 4th 2016, 7pm - 9pm
Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ.
February 16th 2016, 2pm - 4pm
New Cattle Market Canteen, The Livestock Market, Roman Road, Hereford HR4 7AN
February 16th 2016, 7pm - 9pm
New Cattle Market Canteen, The Livestock Market, Roman Road, Hereford HR4 7AN
March 1st 2016, 2pm - 4pm
Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club, Wyre Common, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster DY14 8HQ
March 1st 2016, 7pm - 9pm
YFC Centre, Shires Farm, Hawford, Worcestershire, WR3 7SG
8th March 2016, 2pm - 4pm
Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Rd, Stafford ST18 0BD
8th March 2016, 7pm - 9pm
Rudyard Hotel, Rudyard, Staffordshire, ST13 8RN



Contact: Herefordshire Rural Hub
Contact number: 01432 353465
Email: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

Grandfather Rights Sprayer Testing - PA6 - 25 November 2015

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.
The Hub is working with Middle England Training (formerly Warwickshire Training) to ensure farmers can access training days which will provide the necessary certification.

PA6 - Safe Use of Hand Held Applicators Training Course Wednesday, 25th November 2015, Leamington Spa
Pre-requisites: PA1 Safe Use of Pesticide
Training - £110 per person excluding VAT
NPTC City and Guilds qualification - £105 VAT exempt

All NPTC assessments takes place on a separate day
If you are interested in attending these courses, please contact Julie@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07715 311657 or Jill Salt at jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07754 039214.

Contact: Middle England Training
Contact number: 07754 039214.
Email: jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk

Grandfather Rights Sprayer Testing - PA2 - 24 November 2015

Grandfather rights training
Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.
The Hub is working with Middle England Training (formerly Warwickshire Training) to ensure farmers can access training days which will provide the necessary certification.


PA2 - Ground Crop Sprayer Training Course
Tuesday, 24th November 2015 Leamington Spa
Pre-requisites: PA1 Safe Use of Pesticide
Training - £160 per person excluding VAT
NPTC City and Guilds qualification - £118 VAT exempt

All NPTC assessments takes place on a separate day
If you are interested in attending these courses, please contact Julie@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07715 311657 or Jill Salt at jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07754 039214.

Contact: Middle England Training
Contact number: 07754 039214
Email: jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA1 - 23 November 2015

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.
The Hub is working with Middle England Training (formerly Warwickshire Training) to ensure farmers can access training days which will provide the necessary certification.

PA1 - Foundation Module Training Course
Monday, 23rd November 2015, Leamington Spa
Training - £110 per person excluding VAT
NPTC City and Guilds qualification - £88 VAT exempt

Contact: Jill Salt
Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk

A talk by Jeff Claydon, Claydon Drills - 19 November 2015

19th November 2015 at 7.00pm
Venue: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire , CV8 2LG

A Talk by Jeff Claydon:
Farming, cover crops, direct drilling, saving money...and the Claydon Drill.

At the request of the Hubs Soils Group members we have booked Jeff Claydon to come and talk about Direct Drilling and Cover Crops. He will also talk about farming in general, saving money, and the Claydon drilling system.

If you would like to come along to this FREE event please contact the Hub office to book your place.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Soil Organic Matter **FULLY BOOKED** - 3 November 2015

10.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: Highfields Farm, Honington, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 5DP
(With thanks to Tom Newbery)

Want to build your soils for healthier crops and improved profits?
Want to find out if testing for organic matter really can give useful results?

Come along and join the Warwickshire Rural Hub in collaboration with the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit to find out all about Soil Organic Matter and the impact it can have on your bottom line.


Building soil organic matter is a win-win situation for soil health, crop yields, business resilience and the environment. Soils that have good organic matter (and carbon) levels are of better quality, sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide, produce better quality food, hold more water and are more resistant to erosion.

But how do we effectively build soil organic matter and more importantly how do we measure it?

On this practical day come along to learn from a mix of farmers and experts about the benefits of building soil organic matter, how to take a soil sample to accurately measure organic matter levels, the link between organic matter and carbon sequestration and how building resilient farm soils helps build profitable businesses.

The day will include talks by industry experts and farmers as well as practical demonstrations.

Timetable for the day:

10.30 Arrival & Coffee
10.45 Welcome & introduction by Becky Wilson, FCCT

11.00 The benefits of soil carbon: the current science by Dr Jenni Dungait, North Wyke

11.45 Building carbon on my farm by Jonathan Smith, FCCT

12.15 How do we do it practically? Farmer led discussion

12.45 Lunch

1.30 Farm Walk and Practical Demo

3.00 Finish

The farm walk will include practical demonstrations on how to take a soil sample for laboratory analysis, and discuss the results of the host farm where samples have been taken from fields that have been managed differently in terms of cultivation.

To book your FREE place please contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub office.

For more information on the full programme of the day and more information on the speakers visit the FCCT website:
www.farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Grassland Management for Farmland Birds - 22 October 2015

Southfields Farm, Coleshill B46 3EJ
Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 10.30am - 1pm

You are invited to Southfields Farm for a morning of information and discussion on grassland management, for farmland birds including…

- Updates on projects taking place in the local area,
- Presentation on Barn Owls by Chris Sperring MBE from the Hawk and Owl Trust.
- Countryside Stewardship advice from Natural England,
- Tour of Southfields Farm’s grassland habitat,

A light lunch will be provided.

FREE Barn Owl box for 10 lucky attendees!

Booking is essential…To book your place, please contact:

Carrie Robbins, Warwickshire Rural Hub on

t. 02476 697496
e. carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

This event is a collaboration of the hub with Campaign for the Farmed Environment, The Wildlife Trusts - Warwickshire, Natural England, Tame Valley Wetlands.
Supported by The National Lottery/Heritage Lottery Fund

Workshop for Traditional Food Producers - 20 October 2015

Tuesday 20 October 2015, 9am - 4pm,
Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LG

The Warwickshire Rural Hub in partnership with TRADEIT are pleased to invite you to two free half-day workshops at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, specifically designed to help traditional food businesses develop, grow and increase competitiveness. Topics covered include:

Smart Use of IT in Traditional Foods Production Systems (9am - 12pm)
IT in your business is not just about spreadsheets and complicated forms. Many of us are worried that it can soak up time in set up and understanding that we need to use for production or sales now. The truth is that, properly used IT and automation of repetitive tasks saves time and prevents problems from arising.

After attending this seminar you will:
• Have an understanding of many of the ways in which IT can help your business to run better
• Have access to a number of tools and techniques to help you use IT better
• Know how to identify problems that can be solved by using IT solutions
• Know how to find and assess the usefulness of IT tools in your business

Managing Innovation, IPR and legal Issues for Food Producers (1pm-4pm)
Every business works hard to set itself apart from its competitors. Every time we come up with new and innovative ideas we find that people set out to copy them. If you have ever worried about getting your website cloned, your recipe stolen or your product copied then this is for you.

After attending this seminar you will:
• Have an understanding of how IP protection relates to your business
• Know how to register trademarks, patents, copyrights and brands
• Know how to avoid infringing someone else’s protection
• Know how to research this area for essential information

This event is fully funded by the EU with lunch and refreshments provided. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis. To book one or both workshops, please email your interest to tradeit@cad.coventry.ac.uk. Full details will be confirmed with you via email before the event.


Email: tradeit@cad.coventry.ac.uk

PA6 - Safe Use of Hand Held Applicators Training Course - 22 September 2015

PA6 - Safe Use of Hand Held Applicators Training Course - Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 - Leamington Spa

Pre-requisites: PA1 Safe Use of Pesticide

Course Cost
Training - £110 per person excluding VAT
NPTC City and Guilds qualification - £105 VAT exempt

All NPTC assessments takes place on a separate day
If you are interested in attending these courses, please contact Julie@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07715 311657 or Jill Salt at jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07754 039214.



Contact: Jill Salt
Contact number: 07754 039214
Email: jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk

PA1 Course (Including Grandfather Rights) - 21 September 2015

Middle England Training (formerly known as Warwickshire and Harborough Training Groups)

PA1 - Foundation Module Training Course - Monday, 21st September 2015 - Leamington Spa
Course Cost
Training - £110 per person excluding VAT
NPTC City and Guilds qualification - £88 VAT exempt

All NPTC assessments takes place on a separate day
If you are interested in attending these courses, please contact Julie@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07715 311657 or Jill Salt at jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07754 039214.


Contact: Middle England Training
Contact number: 07754 039214
Email: jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk

Gaining Control: Alternative approaches to weed and pest control for arable farmers - 9 July 2015

Farm Walk & BBQ - Thursday 9th July 5pm
By Kind permission of Crick Ellis
Hill Top Farm, Fosse Way, Hunningham, CV33 9EL

There will be talks from the following speakers:

New approaches to weed control in Oilseed Rape
Sarah Cook, ADAS

Integrated Pest Management Planning - what is it and what are the benefits?
Patrick Goldsworthy, Goldsworthy Associates

Rotational grazing and blackgrass control
Jeremy White, AICC Agronomist

The organic grain market
Andrew Trump, Organic Arable

A discussion on the Pro’s & Cons of organic farming -what are the challenges? What can we learn from organic farming techniques?

Organic Farming - the farmer experience
A local grower shares his experience of growing organically

This event will be registered for NRoSO points

BBQ will be available so please confirm your place by contacting:
Melissa Hoskings on 07584 569429 or email Melissa@severnriverstrust.com
Or Carrie Robbins at the Hub on 024 76 697496 or email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Butterfly Walk with Mike Slater from Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire - 8 July 2015

Wednesday 8th July 2015, 5pm - 7pm
Meet Ryton Wood Meadows (grid reference SP377 731 or CV8 3EL Its on Leamington Rd between Police college and Ryton Country Park opposite Featherstone Farm)

Ryton is the most diverse area of Warwickshire for butterflies with 35 out of the 37 species found in Warwickshire. Come and see how the area is managed so these butterflies prosper.

This walk has been arranged following the success of the talk that Mike Slater gave to the Hub Members and the Environmental Farming Group in December.

Mike Slater
The Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire - Saving butterflies, moths and our environment.

The event is FREE to attend but booking is essential as there are a restricted number of places available, to book a place please contact:


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

The Big Grassland Event - 3 July 2015

Friday 3rd July from 10.30 - 2.00pm
Warwickshire Enterprise Park and HRI, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, CV35 9EF

The event includes:

Get more from your grassland, whilst protecting the local water quality. Talks and practical demonstrations will be on:

Getting the right nutrient applications for your grassland
Elaine Jewkes, British Grassland Society

Grassland weed control & the management of pesticides
Sally Egerton, Dow AgroSciences

Knapsack sprayer calibration demonstration
John Priscott, Pesticide Training

Grassland enhancement for pollinators
Zoe Bell, Campaign for the Farmed Environment

Lunch will be available so please confirm your place by contacting:
Melissa Hoskings on 07584 569429 or email Melissa@severnriverstrust.com
Or Carrie Robbins at the Hub on 024 76 697496 or email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

This Event will be registered for BASIS/ NRoSO Points

This event is a collaboration of Severn Rivers Trust Catchment Sensitive Farming, Campaign for the Farmed Environment and Warwickshire Rural Hub

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Rural Crime Event - Rugby - 2 July 2015

Wednesday 2nd July 2015, 7 to 9pm
Little Walton Lodge Farm
Lutterworth Road
Pailton
Rugby
CV23 0QW

We would like to invite farmers and rural businesses to come to the meeting to discuss rural crime in their area and give their views and opinions. Present will be the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, a Senior Officer from Warwickshire Police, local policing team, representative from the NFU and Warwickshire County Council.

There will also be information and displays on the latest crime prevention advice and equipment, Warwickshire Rural Watch and an opportunity to have your tools and equipment property marked for free at your premises.

It is really important that your views are heard by the people who make resource and strategic decisions so please come and show your support for this important subject.

Places are limited, so please reserve your free place as soon as possible by email to: carolcotterill@warwickshire.gov.uk or call 07787151848 and leave a message with your contact details including email address. Or contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub Office Tel: 02476 697496 email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Refreshments will be provided.

There will also be information available on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network which is a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business. The support available can include drop-in clinics, specialist advice, one-to-one mentoring, coaching, loans, grant funding and property.

This event is a collaboration of the Warwickshire Rural Hub (funded by RGN) and The Rural Crime Co-ordinators (funded by Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner)


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Buglife Farm Walk with Steven Falk - 23 June 2015

23rd June 2015 at 2.30pm
At Southfields Farm, Packington Lane, Coleshill, B46 3EJ
by kind permission of Mr & Mrs John Plumb
Steven Falk - Entomologist/Invertebrate Specialist at Buglife, The Invertebrate Conservation Trust

Stevens career path has reflected his passion for wildlife and nature conservation. He worked as an entomologist with the Nature Conservancy Council, as Keeper of Natural History and then City Ecologist at Coventry Museum, and spent 11 years as Senior Keeper of Natural History at Warwickshire Museum. He now works for Buglife - the Invertebrate Conservation Trust as their Entomologist and Invertebrate Specialist where he is responsible for technical information relating to insects, other invertebrates, their habitat and conservation requirements.
Steven, along with Mr & Mrs Plumb, will walk us around the farm and show us all the bugs and wildlife habitats.
This event is FREE to attend but places are restricted and must be booked on a first come first served basis.

This Hub event is organised in collaboration with The Campaign for the Farmed Environment.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Rural Crime Event - North Warwickshire - 9 June 2015

North Warwickshire
Tuesday 9th June 2015, 7 to 9pm
Smithy Farm Shop - Barn
Warton Lane
Grendon, Near Atherstone
Warwickshire, CV9 3DU

We would like to invite farmers and rural businesses to come to the meeting to discuss rural crime in their area and give their views and opinions. Present will be the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, a Senior Officer from Warwickshire Police, local policing team, representative from the NFU and Warwickshire County Council.

There will also be information and displays on the latest crime prevention advice and equipment, Warwickshire Rural Watch and an opportunity to have your tools and equipment property marked for free at your premises.

It is really important that your views are heard by the people who make resource and strategic decisions so please come and show your support for this important subject.

Places are limited, so please reserve your free place as soon as possible by email to: carolcotterill@warwickshire.gov.uk or call 07787151848 and leave a message with your contact details including email address. Or contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub Office Tel: 02476 697496 email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Refreshments will be provided.

There will also be information available on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network which is a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business. The support available can include drop-in clinics, specialist advice, one-to-one mentoring, coaching, loans, grant funding and property.

This event is a collaboration of the Warwickshire Rural Hub (funded by RGN) and The Rural Crime Co-ordinators (funded by Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner)


Contact: Carol Cotterill
Contact number: 07787151848
Email: carolcotterill@warwickshire.gov.uk

BPS Assistance Meetings- Warkwickshire (27th May) & Worcestershire (26th May) - 27 May 2015

Following recent RPA announcements about common land, the clarity needed regarding RLE1 forms and the fact that some members have yet to receive their prepopulated BP5 forms the NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire Officeholder teams alongside Warwickshire Rural Hub have organised for the RPA to come into the counties for one last round of BPS assistance meetings prior to holding some final NFU wash up sessions. Despite the fact that over 8,500 claimants have already submitted their forms it is clear that many will need all of May and up until the 15th June deadline to get forms completed. If you are busy tackling your or your clients BP5 forms it is important to remember that the RPA helpline is available (03000 200 301) and so is the NFU-Call First helpline (0370 845 8458). If you know of someone who could benefit from attending one of these sessions please make them aware,

Worcestershire: Tuesday 26th May, (7-9pm) at Holt Heath village hall, Holt Heath, Worcester WR6 6NE. Please register (see below).

Warwickshire: Wednesday 27th May, (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ). Please register (see below).

Registration: to register through the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk asap or to register through the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 024 76 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk asap.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Cover Crops – The Follow Up - 20 May 2015

The Village Hall, Overbury GL20 7NZ
Wednesday 20th May 2.00 - 4.30 pm
by kind permission of Mrs Penelope Bossom & Overbury Farms

You are invited to join us on the return trip to Overbury Farms cover crops trials site to learn about the results from the NIAB research which has taken place on 11 different mixes of Kings Cover Crops.
The afternoon will include a discussion of the trials results and Jake Freestone will share his observations of the crops during establishment and the following lanting. There will also be a visit to the see the following crop.
Numbers are restricted so booking is essential
BASIS & NRoSO points applied for.
PLEASE book your place by contacting:
Zoe Bell at the contact details below or contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub office carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Contact: Zoe Bell
Contact number: 07980 771872
Email: zoe.bell@cfeonline.org.uk

BPS Workshop: How to complete BP5 forms - 22 April 2015

In response to the changes in how to claim BPS in 2015 the NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire officeholder teams alongside Warwickshire Rural Hub have arranged for an additional Warwickshire workshop to take place at short notice with Keith Wellings of the RPA. The latest situation from Defra & the RPA suggests that c. 70,000 prepopulated BP5 forms have been emailed out and that a paper copy of the 'How to Fill in your Form' guidance is hitting door mats now. If you don’t hear anything by the 30th April, please contact the RPA immediately. (Note: some claimants will be able to simply confirm once they’ve checked their pre-populated forms that there are no changes, others will have to print out the forms, make the relevant changes and submit them to the RPA).

The workshop highlighted below will focus on the new BP5 form and how to complete and submit it ahead of the 15th June. If you feel you would benefit from attending such a session, please register your interest.

• Warwickshire BPS Workshop - Wednesday 22nd April, (7-9pm) Stratford Livestock Market, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8LE

Registration: to register through the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk asap or to register through the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 024 76 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk asap.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Dawn Chorus Farm Walk - 22 April 2015

5.15am - 8.30am
Venue: Toft Farm, Kites Hardwick, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 8AD
By kind permission of the Russell Family

Join us for a farm walk to listen to the dawn chorus of birds. Matt Willmott from Natural England will lead the walk and inform us which birds are singing.
The walk will commence at 5.15am followed by breakfast in the fishing lodge.
Breakfast will be charged at £5 per person to be paid on the day.

Places must be booked in advance (for catering purposes).

Contact: Carrie Robbins, Warwickshire Rural Hub
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

BPS Workshops: How to complete BP5 forms - WORCESTERSHIRE - 15 April 2015

In response to the changes in how to claim BPS in 2015 the NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire officeholder teams alongside Warwickshire Rural Hub have arranged for two workshops to take place at short notice with Roger Davies of the RPA. The latest situation from Defra & the RPA suggests that claimants will have prepopulated BP5 forms emailed to them sometime between 13th and 23rd April (TBC) and that the prepopulated BP5 forms will be accompanied by a 'How to Fill in your Form' guide. Some claimants will be able to simply confirm once they’ve checked their pre-populated forms that there are no changes, others will have to print out the forms, make the relevant changes and submit them to the RPA.

The workshops highlighted below will focus on the new BP5 form, how it will be issued to claimants in the coming weeks and how best to check, complete and submit it ahead of the 15th June. If you feel you would benefit from attending such a session, please register your interest. The dates/times of the meetings are as follows;

• Warwickshire BPS Workshop - 14 April, (7-9pm) at NFU Head Office Conference Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire CV8 2TZ.
• Worcestershire BPS Workshop - 15 April, (7-9pm) at YFC Hawford, Shires Farm, Worcestershire, WR3 7SG.
• Additional meeting to be organised for 22nd April (venue TBC).

Registration: to register through the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk asap or to register through the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 024 76 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk asap.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

BPS Workshops: How to complete BP5 forms - WARWICKSHIRE - 14 April 2015

In response to the changes in how to claim BPS in 2015 the NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire officeholder teams alongside Warwickshire Rural Hub have arranged for two workshops to take place at short notice with Roger Davies of the RPA. The latest situation from Defra & the RPA suggests that claimants will have prepopulated BP5 forms emailed to them sometime between 13th and 23rd April (TBC) and that the prepopulated BP5 forms will be accompanied by a 'How to Fill in your Form' guide. Some claimants will be able to simply confirm once they’ve checked their pre-populated forms that there are no changes, others will have to print out the forms, make the relevant changes and submit them to the RPA.

The workshops highlighted below will focus on the new BP5 form, how it will be issued to claimants in the coming weeks and how best to check, complete and submit it ahead of the 15th June. If you feel you would benefit from attending such a session, please register your interest. The dates/times of the meetings are as follows;

• Warwickshire BPS Workshop - 14 April, (7-9pm) at NFU Head Office Conference Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2TZ.
• Worcestershire BPS Workshop - 15 April, (7-9pm) at YFC Hawford, Shires Farm, Worcestershire, WR3 7SG.
• Additional meeting to be organised for 22nd April (venue TBC).

Registration: to register through the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk asap or to register through the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 024 76 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk asap.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

BPS Mapping Assistance / Demonstrations - Worcestershire - 18 March 2015

Following farmer feedback the Hub alongside NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire Officeholder teams have organised for the RPA to come into both counties to deliver BPS mapping guidance for those already registered on the Rural Payments Online Service. For anyone not yet registered they are encouraged to call the RPA on 03000 200 301 asap. The mapping assistance meetings will start with a static screen shot walk through focusing on mapping land use, ineligible features and EFA options etc. followed by a live demonstration i.e. whilst logged in to the online service itself.
Warwickshire:
Tuesday 10th March, (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ).
Tuesday 17th March (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ).


Worcestershire:
Wednesday 11th March, (7-9pm) at YFC Hawford, Shires Farm, Worcester, WR3 7SG.
Wednesday 18th March (7-9pm) McCartneys Livestock Auction, The Heath Meadow, Nunnery Way, Worcester, WR4 OSQ. Please register

Provisional Event
Thursday 19 March - Additional Worc/Warks County meeting to be called where there is the most demand - TBC (7pm - 9pm)

Registration: via the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk
or to register via the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 02476 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Please note: you do not have to be a member of the NFU or Hub to attend


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

BPS Mapping Assistance / Demonstrations - Warwickshire - 17 March 2015

Following farmer feedback the Hub alongside NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire Officeholder teams have organised for the RPA to come into both counties to deliver BPS mapping guidance for those already registered on the Rural Payments Online Service. For anyone not yet registered they are encouraged to call the RPA on 03000 200 301 asap. The mapping assistance meetings will start with a static screen shot walk through focusing on mapping land use, ineligible features and EFA options etc. followed by a live demonstration i.e. whilst logged in to the online service itself.
Warwickshire:
Tuesday 10th March, (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ).
Tuesday 17th March (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ). PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOW BEING HELD AT THE NFU CONFERENCE CENTRE NOT AT ARC)
Worcestershire:
Wednesday 11th March, (7-9pm) at YFC Hawford, Shires Farm, Worcester, WR3 7SG.
Wednesday 18th March (7-9pm) McCartneys Livestock Auction, The Heath Meadow, Nunnery Way, Worcester, WR4 OSQ. Please register

Provisional Event
Thursday 19 March - Additional Worc/Warks County meeting to be called where there is the most demand - TBC (7pm - 9pm)

Registration: via the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk
or to register via the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 02476 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Please note: you do not have to be a member of the NFU or Hub to attend


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

BPS Mapping Assitance / Demonstrations - Worcestershire - 11 March 2015

Following farmer feedback the Hub alongside NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire Officeholder teams have organised for the RPA to come into both counties to deliver BPS mapping guidance for those already registered on the Rural Payments Online Service. For anyone not yet registered they are encouraged to call the RPA on 03000 200 301 asap. The mapping assistance meetings will start with a static screen shot walk through focusing on mapping land use, ineligible features and EFA options etc. followed by a live demonstration i.e. whilst logged in to the online service itself.
Warwickshire:
Tuesday 10th March, (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ).
Tuesday 17th March (7-9pm) atNFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ).


Worcestershire:
Wednesday 11th March, (7-9pm) at YFC Hawford, Shires Farm, Worcester, WR3 7SG.
Wednesday 18th March (7-9pm) McCartneys Livestock Auction, The Heath Meadow, Nunnery Way, Worcester, WR4 OSQ. Please register

Provisional Event
Thursday 19 March - Additional Worc/Warks County meeting to be called where there is the most demand - TBC (7pm - 9pm)

Registration: via the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk
or to register via the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 02476 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Please note: you do not have to be a member of the NFU or Hub to attend


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org

BPS Mapping Assistance & Demonstrations - Warwickshire - 10 March 2015

Following farmer feedback the Hub alongside NFU Worcestershire & Warwickshire Officeholder teams have organised for the RPA to come into both counties to deliver BPS mapping guidance for those already registered on the Rural Payments Online Service. For anyone not yet registered they are encouraged to call the RPA on 03000 200 301 asap. The mapping assistance meetings will start with a static screen shot walk through focusing on mapping land use, ineligible features and EFA options etc. followed by a live demonstration i.e. whilst logged in to the online service itself.
Warwickshire:
Tuesday 10th March, (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ).
Tuesday 17th March (7-9pm) at NFU HQ Stoneleigh Park (NFU Conference Centre, Knightsbridge Room, CV8 2TZ).


Worcestershire:
Wednesday 11th March, (7-9pm) at YFC Hawford, Shires Farm, Worcester, WR3 7SG.
Wednesday 18th March (7-9pm) McCartneys Livestock Auction, The Heath Meadow, Nunnery Way, Worcester, WR4 OSQ. Please register

Provisional Event
Thursday 19 March - Additional Worc/Warks County meeting to be called where there is the most demand - TBC (7pm - 9pm)

Registration: via the NFU please contact 01952 400500 or west.midlands@nfu.org.uk
or to register via the Warwickshire Rural Hub, contact 02476 697496 or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Please note: you do not have to be a member of the NFU or Hub to attend


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Sprayer Testing - March Dates - 10 March 2015

The Hub, Severn Rivers Trust and Middle England Training Limited (formerly known as Warwickshire and Harborough Training Groups) are running PA1 and PA6 courses (including Grandfather Rights) in March 2015 as follows:-

PA1 - Foundation Module Training Course - Monday, 9th March 2015 - Copston, Hinkley

Course Description
The course is for anyone employed in agriculture or horticulture (commercial/amenity) involved in the storage, handling and application of pesticides.

To enable course members to:
Understand your duties under the law and help you become a safe and competent pesticide user/ PA6
Understand what pesticides are and their ‘field of use’
State legislation relevant to pesticide application
Interpret and use label information
Take the appropriate action to protect themselves and the environment
Store and transport pesticides safely
Dispose of the pesticides and containers safely
Record information
Duration
One day (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)

Course Cost
Training - £110 per person excluding VAT
NPTC City and Guilds qualification - £88 VAT exempt
NPTC Assessment takes place on a separate day


PA6/ PA6AW - Safe Use of Hand Held Applicators Training Course - Tuesday, 10th March 2015 - Coombe Country Park, Coventry

Course Description
This course prepares the trainee to take the NPTC PA6a practical assessment which, combined with a PA1 unit, qualifies the operator in the legislative qualification Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides.
Course Content
Legislation
Environmental safety
Label information
Nozzles and spray quality
Types of nozzles
Preparation of knapsack for use
Calibration
Site work
Cleaning and decontamination of the applicator
Other application methods
Duration
One Day (9.30 am to 4.30 pm)

Pre-requisites
PA1 Safe Use of Pesticide

Course Cost
Training - £110 per person excluding VAT
NPTC City and Guilds qualification - £105 VAT exempt
NPTC Assessment takes place on a separate day
If you are interested in attending either of these courses, please contact Julie@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07715 311657 or Jill Salt at jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk / 07754 039214.


Contact: Jill Salt
Contact number: 07754 039214
Email: jill@middleenglandtraining.co.uk

Farmland birds and Environmental Stewardship – optimism in Warwickshire? - 5 March 2015

5th March 2015 at 7pm
The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
A farmland bird talk by Matt Willmott from Natural England covering farmland birds including hungry gap bird feeding and habitat management plus an agri-environment update.
To book your place at this FREE event please contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub office.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Protect & Grow Your Business Event - 27 February 2015

27th February 2015 9.30am - 12pm
Chamber House, Innovation Village, Coventry, CV1 2TL
FREE SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS START UPS AND GROWING BUSINESSES
Come along to this important workshop to gain valuable knowledge on how to protect the intellectual property of your business, learn how to promote your business via relevant marketing activities and find advice on how to be successful in networking.
You will also find out how you can benefit from the Warwickshire Rural Growth Networks’ (RGN) flexible package of advice and support. If you are a rural business operating in any sector or are looking to start your own business then join us to find out how RGN can help.
The event includes:

Intellectual property - David Hopkins | Intellectual Property Office
Discover the value of your business intellectual property and who is actually the owner of your logo, website or name. Find out how you can legally protect some of the most important aspects of your business via trademarks, patents, designs or copyright. The speaker will introduce the range of free support available online.

Marketing - Louise Dillon | Armadillo Social
Learn what marketing tools and media to use to help you with brand awareness and choose the right tools and media to succeed.

Networking - Anne Stanton | Atteso Solutions
Discover the right approach to networking, maximise your potential when making new business contacts and learn the tips on how to turn a new contact into a returning customer.

Rural Growth Network - Rural Growth Network Team
Find out how to access valuable business support, drop-in clinics, specialist advice, one-to-one mentoring, coaching, loans, grant funding and property. The access to finance element of the programme is managed & presented by Tim Powell, Senior Business Executive from University of Warwick Science Park.

The event is free to attend.
For REGISTRATION & ENQUIRIES contact: events@cw-chamber.co.uk

This Warwickshire Rural Hub and Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber Event is part of the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network Programme.


Email: events@cw-chamber.co.uk

Getting to Grips with the New Cross Compliance Rules on Soil Management Workshop - 27 February 2015

(GAECs 4, 5 & 6)
A practical workshop to provide advice on soil management to help farmers and growers meet the new Cross Compliance requirements for soil erosion and green cover under the new Basic Payment Scheme.
Friday 27th February 2015
10.30am - 12.30pm or 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Downs Farm, Epwell, OX15 6LP
(On the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border)
By kind invitation of Geoff Ridgway

The event will be led by Simon Draper and will feature working demonstrations of how to improve soil structural condition in grassland, cereals and forage maize crops for higher yields and a safer environment in the subsequent crop.

Topics that will be discussed include:
- Actions need to be taken now and in the future to comply to the new Cross Compliance regulations on soil.
- How to minimize Soil Erosion and Surface Run Off risk.
- Choosing the right machinery to rectify soil compaction
- Identifying fields that present the greatest risk for Soil Erosion
- Cropping strategies for different farming systems.
- Improving soil health to optimize production.

Teas & coffees will be available
NRoSO points are applied for

To book your place at this FREE event please contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub office and specify which session you wish to attend

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Social Media for Tourism Businesses - 26 February 2015

When: 26th February 2015 at 10.30am - 2.30pm
Where: Dunchurch Park Hotel, Rugby Road, Dunchurch, Rugby, CV22 6QW

This half day workshop will make sense of social media marketing, explain the benefits of each platform and how you should use them to grow your business. You will find out where to start, by learning which networks are right for your business, as well as how to maximise your time to get fantastic results in an efficient and productive way. As well as Sales and Marketing, we will also cover how social media can be invaluable in other areas of the business such as customer service, recruitment, research and keeping an eye on the competition.

- How your business can benefit from social media
- Which platforms are most suited to your business and your clients
- Facebook
- Twitter
- LinkedIn
- Pinterest
- Google+
- How to plan your social media strategy and create great content

This session is delivered by Louise Dillon from Armadillo Social in collaboration with Pera Consulting & Warwickshire Rural Hub as part of the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network.

Our workshops are free of charge to all individuals/businesses within the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network area and they form part of the service we provide. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a particular business subject, meet other entrepreneurs and network.

Places are very limited so please ensure you book early!

To book a place you can register from this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-for-tourism-businesses-rgn-workshop-registration-15467618062

To find out more about this workshop and our business support programme, get in touch with Nicolas Garnier at RuralGrowthNetwork@pera.com or 01664 501587.


Contact: Nicolas Garnier
Contact number: 01664 501587
Email: RuralGrowthNetwork@pera.com
Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-for-tourism-businesses-rgn-workshop-registration-15467618062

Green Futures - 2015 Seminars - 26 February 2015

Once again the Green Futures Team are working together to help farming businesses comply with cross compliance, environmental issues & legislation by organising seminars across the region.
The following topics will be covered:-
- Farming Advice Service - Cross compliance issues, including 2015 update and inspection issues.
- NFU & CLA - CAP Reform - latest news.
- Environment Agency - Five key actions for farmers to help us improve water quality. How land and water interact.
- Natural England - 2014 Transitional arrangements for Environmental Schemes and the development of the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS).
- Campaign for the Farmed Environment - where we are now and what more can farmers do.
- Local issues - such as Catchment Sensitive Farming and water issues
- Rural Growth Network - information and case studies on the support available to businesses in Warwickshire

NRoSO and Basis registration applied for.

There are two events on the same day in Warwickshire:
Thursday 26th February 2015, 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Stratford Livestock Market, Wincot Farm, Clifford Chambers, Warwickshire, CV37 8LE

Thursday 26th February 2015, 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ.

These events are likely to be heavily subscribed so to book a place please :-
Telephone: 01432 870024 or Email: hubhereford@hlcollege.ac.uk
When booking please give the names of those requiring places, which of the seminars you are booking on to, and a contact telephone number or email, so that we can confirm your booking.



Contact: Cathy Meredith
Contact number: 01432 870024
Email: hubhereford@hlcollege.ac.uk

Improving Farm Drainage - 24 February 2015

Talk and Farm Demonstration by Rob Burtonshaw
24th February 2015, 2pm - 4.30pm
Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth CV8 1PR
This event will be delivered by Rob Burtonshaw and colleagues at Farm Services Ltd. Rob will be discussing:

How to spot a problem before too much damage is done
The benefits of good drainage
Drainage and improved timeliness of operations
Drainage versus yield increases
How to reduce pesticide applications
The economics of good drainage

We shall then go out into the field where Rob and his team will provide a drainage demonstration to understand where drainage issues occur. We shall look at a trial pit to see the effects of poor drainage on the whole soil profile and see a real drainage problem corrected.

Rob will be providing discussions on soil structure, conditions, machinery features and capabilities.

This Event will be registered for BASIS/ NRoSO Points

To book your place please contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub office.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

PLANET Nutrient Management computer training - 3 February 2015

Part 1 on 3rd February 2015, Part 2 on 10th February 2015
Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth CV8 1PR
10.30am - 2.30pm (lunch provided)

The first section of this two-part course covers how to set up the farm with current and historic records, how to ensure NVZ compliance is covered and entering soil analysis records.

Part 2 of this course covers revision of part 1 and also deals with reports and planning.

This course is sponsored by the Severn Rivers Trust.

To book your place please contact Carrie Robbins at the Hub office.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

"Getting Direct Drilling past the tipping point" - A talk by Bill Ritchie - 14 January 2015

When: 14th January 2015 at 7pm
Where: The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG

Bill Ritchie is visiting the UK from New Zealand and has agreed to come and talk to Hub Members, he says:

“It was interesting to read the opinion piece from Ian Pigott in a recent UK Farmers Weekly. It is consistent with a significant increase in interest we have been receiving from the UK in recent times. We have believed for some time that there is another step up, the next generation as Ian terms it, of direct drilling technology that will give the system the credibility it needs to become a mainstream arable management system (“pass the tipping point”). This is the issue I would like to address.

Let’s explore the reasons why wheat yields in the UK and USA have plateaued and, in some cases, declined. If we look at the potential yield gains presented to arable agriculture in the past 25 years (genetic improvements, new herbicide, pesticide and fungicide products, precision farming, …) yields should have been increased significantly. But they haven’t. So what factors are off-setting the gains we should have made?

I would like to discuss the soil degradation factors that may be at play and present some solutions that have been shown to reverse these declining yields. 2014 Nuffield Scholar Tom Sewell, in his project summary, suggested we need to do more than make arable farming sustainable. He used the term regenerative when describing the systems we need to adopt. In other words, maintaining our current position is not good enough. Crop yields have to improve and this will require regeneration of soil biological, physical and chemical properties to levels higher than at present. In doing so we will unlock the potential of existing complimentary above-ground technologies.

The next generation of direct drilling technology is poised to present this opportunity.”

W.R. (Bill) RITCHIE (MAgrSc, BAgrSc)
Bill Ritchie holds a Masters degree in agricultural engineering and a Bachelors degree in agricultural science.
• He has been second-in-command of the CROSS SLOT® development team since 1979, bringing vital strategic security to all matters.
• He was the foundation Manager of the Massey University Agricultural Machinery Research Centre and directed a commercially robust no-tillage contracting (custom drilling) service for 10 years.
• He has published widely on the topic, co-authored three books, and spoken at several international no-tillage conferences, often as guest speaker.
• He has become an acknowledged authority on the application of no-tillage and is particularly sought after for his knowledge on management and systems-application, based on the capabilities of advanced no-tillage systems.
• He has particular skills in management, marketing, technology transfer and consulting.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 607496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Cover Crops – What are they and how could they benefit your farm? - 19 December 2014

Overbury Farms, Overbury Estate, Overbury GL20 7NZ
Friday 19th December 10.30 - 2.00
by kind permission of Mrs Penelope Bossom & Overbury Farms
http://www.overburyestate.co.uk
Join us for a Farm Walk & Talk to look at the Kings Cover Crop Trials with 11 different mixes alongside Overbury Farms own cover crops. An opportunity to see how these crops might benefit your farm and the environment. The walk will be led by Jake Freestone who will explain how and why cover crops are important at Overbury and how his recent Nuffield Scholarship has helped in this approach. Marc Bull from Kings will also be with us to give help and advice during the walk and discussion afterwards when soup and rolls will be available at the Yew Tree pub.
Numbers are restricted so booking is essential
BASIS & NRoSO points applied for.
PLEASE book your place by contacting:
Bob Slater - bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk 07971227348
Cathy Meredith - meredithc@hlcollege.ac.uk 01432 870033
Carrie Robbins - carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Contact: Bob Slater
Contact number: 07971227348
Email: bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk

NVZ Workshop - 10 December 2014

The Warwickshire Rural Hub in collaboration with the Leam Partnership is working with the Environment Agency to ensure that all farmers in Warwickshire are fully aware of the new rules and documentation for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones.

We are running a practical session on Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. Following the success of previous workshops, this events aim to help YOU through YOUR paperwork, record keeping and answer questions you may have. This will include some step by step calculations that you need to do to understand, and comply with these regulations.

In order to get the most out of the session, please bring along information about YOUR farm to help YOU understand the regulations in relation to YOUR farm, this will be detailed in the joining instructions. Please also ensure you bring a calculator with you to the workshop.

There are a limited number of spaces and due to the nature of the event we can only accept those that have pre-registered.

Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Location: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG

Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the workshop.
These workshops qualify for BASIS/NRoSo points. Please make sure you bring your registration number.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

“Creating and Maintaining Butterfly habitats on Farm land” - 4 December 2014

A talk & presentation by Mike Slater - Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire
4th December 2014 at 7pm
The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

You are invited to attend this event, held by the Hubs Environmental Farming Group, to hear butterfly expert Mike Slater talk about how butterflies have fared in the last year and the successes of butterfly habitats created by farmers.

The Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire - Saving butterflies, moths and our environment.

The event is FREE to attend but booking is essential, to book a place please contact:

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

The Next Generation of Livestock Farming Conference - 3 December 2014

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
10.00am - 4.00pm

Sharing data across the supply chain - panel discussion with a farmer, a processor and a retailer

Sharing data across the supply chain would benefit everyone. The benefits of sharing data between producers, processors and retailers could add value to all stages of the supply chain and improve British livestock production, says Innovation for Agriculture (IfA), the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and Warwickshire Rural Hub.
The ability to collect, share and analyse information about the performance and quality of an animal can provide farmers with the opportunity to better identify the performance of their livestock, in their own right and in relation to other producers. It can also help to focus on and improve animal health and the control of diseases which can impact on welfare and the costs of production.
“Sharing information across the supply chain would allow increases in efficiency across the board,” says Charlotte Johnston, Technical Specialist for IfA. “It could also save the industry significant money allowing producers to identify animal performance and underlying disease.”
Producers and representatives from across the industry are invited to this free of charge conference on 3rd December 2014 to continue this discussion on how the information can be better used across the red meat supply chain to benefit farming, the food industry and the consumer.

Leading a panel discussion at the Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire will be Adam Quinney (beef producer), Jonathan Birnie (Head of Agriculture, Dunbia) and Andrew Loftus (Agriculture Manager, Morrisons).
In the afternoon, the conference will focus on new technologies for the beef and lamb sector including early disease indicators and developments such as virtual fencing.

Arrival from 10am with tea, coffee and cake.
Sharing data across the supply chain - panel discussion
Farmer - Adam Quinney, Beef and lamb producer, Warwickshire
Processor - Jonathan Birnie, Dunbia
Retailer - Andrew Loftus, Morrisons
Followed by discussion.
Lunch and networking
New technologies for beef and sheep
Virtual fencing - Speaker TBC
Using technology to pick up early disease indicators and advise for better nutrition, Rachael Foy, Royal Agricultural University.
Close 3.15pm.

The event is free to attend and includes lunch and the opportunity to talk to others interested in how future technology can benefit farmers. Booking is essential for catering purposes.
To book your place please contact :

Please note that the event will finish prior to the Wright Hassall Agricultural Christmas talk that is also taking place that day - there will be no overlap so that people can attend both events.
For full details of the Wright Hassall event please see www.wrighthassall.co.uk


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA2 - tractor boom sprayer - 26 November 2014

Packington Estate

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers.

Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements.

The courses are registered for NRoSO points.




Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA6 - knapsack sprayer - 25 November 2014

Packington Estate

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers.

Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements.

The courses are registered for NRoSO points


Contact: Jill Salt
Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA1 - mandatory - 24 November 2014

Packington Estate

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers.

Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements.

The courses are registered for NRoSO points.





Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

The Next Generation of Beef Farming - 19 November 2014

19th November 2014, 10am - 3pm
Reins Farm, Oak Treet Lane, Redditch, Warwickshire, B96 6EX

Warwickshire Rural Hub, IFA and the NFU look forward to welcoming you to the above event which is free to attend.

Arrival at Reins Farm from 10am with tea, coffee and cake.

The morning will kick off with a farm tour from host Adam Quinney, who will talk about the use of technology in his beef feedlot enterprise.

Travel to Sambourne Village Hall, B96 6NU (opposite The Green Dragon Pub). Approx 500 yards from the farm.

Eblex will give an overview of work that has looked at data collection and decision making based on this data to track key performance indicators.

Looking at the opportunities for visual image analysis of carcase, and what this presents for farmers, Stuart Roberts, from ABP will present on findings of a project he is involved in.

Lunch and networking

In the afternoon, Neil Rowe, a beef farmer from Oxfordshire, has been using EID on his cattle for over 8 years, alongside a high tech building and handling facility to improve cattle management. Talking about his own experiences of adopting new technology, Neil will explore the various options available to producers.

Tim Farrow and Dr Ruth Lawson will discuss the use of technology to identify subclinical disease. Trials are taking place on beef finishing units in Yorkshire looking at body temperature as an indicator of disease through an innovative eartag.

Finish 3pm.
With thanks to Adam Quinney of Reins Farm for hosting the visit.

This event is the second in a three-part series on precision farming held across Warwickshire. A conference looking at future technologies for sheep and beef producers will be held on 3rd December at Stoneleigh Park.

How to book?
The event is free to attend, however pre-registration is essential for catering purposes.

To book a place please contact Carrie Robbins by email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk or telephone 02476 697496


This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.




Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA2 - tractor boom sprayer - 12 November 2014

Mill Farm, Ashorne

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt, who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements. The courses are registered for NRoSO points.





Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA6 - knapsack sprayer - 11 November 2014

Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt, who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements. The courses are registered for NRoSO points.



Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA1 - mandatory - 10 November 2014

Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt, who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements. The courses are registered for NRoSO points.



Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

The Next Generation of Sheep Farming - 22 October 2014

10am - 4pm
Moreton Morrell College, Warwickshire

Warwickshire Rural Hub, IFA and the NFU look forward to welcoming you to the above event which is free to attend. The focus is on using data to improve farm management decisions. Data capture on farm can be vast, this event aims to provide examples of how the use of technology can improve business and flock performance.

Precision Breeding
Dr Joanne Conington from SRUC will start the morning looking at the role of genomics in sheep breeding. Dr Joanne Conington is an Applied Livestock Geneticist in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences research group at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC, formerly SAC). Her main focus of research is in the development of new breeding goals and genomic solutions for sheep and goats including aspects of animal health, maternal efficiency, lamb survival and longevity.

Sheep farmer, Rob Hodgkins will then give examples of how he is using genomic technology to identify breeding and carcase traits on his farm to advance production.

Making the most of EID
Why should we be recording flock performance, will be covered by independent sheep consultant Catherine Nakielny, along with a practical demonstration looking at weighing in action.

Local producer, Antony Spencer, will go into more detail as to what can and can't be done with records, speaking from his own experience of finishing 600 store lambs.

The NFU will give an update on EID legislation.

Workshops
At the end of the day, attendees will be able to choose one of two workshops to attend. For all workshops attendees are welcome to bring along farm data to ask questions to the specialists:
Breeding: Joanne and Rob will look more closely at data recording for breeding stock.
EID: Catherine and Antony will look at recording options for flock information.

With thanks to Moreton Morrell College for hosting the event.

This event is the first in a three-part series on precision farming held across Warwickshire. A beef day will be held at Reins Farm, Redditch on 19th November, with a final conference being held on 3rd December at Stoneleigh Park.

How to book?
The event is free to attend, however pre-registration is essential for catering purposes.

To book a place please contact Carrie Robbins by email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk or telephone 02476 697496

The events is free to attend, however pre-registration is essential for catering purposes. This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA2 - tractor boom sprayer - 22 October 2014

Packington Estate

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt, who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements. The courses are registered for NRoSO points.


Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA6 - knapsack sprayer - 21 October 2014

Packington Estate

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers. Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt, who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements. The courses are registered for NRoSO points.




Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Grandfather rights training - PA1 - mandatory - 20 October 2014

Packington Estate

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers.

Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

For more information and to book your place please contact Jill Salt who will also be able to confirm which of the 3 modules would be suited to your requirements.

The courses are registered for NRoSO points.



Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Rural Tourism and Social Media - 16 October 2014

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh 10.30am - 2.30pm

Come and join the Hub at this free event to include lunch and hear guest speakers Alex Holmes of Hidden Britain and Nicola Richardson, a Social Media Guru, speak about how to improve your identity, attract a wider audience and the importance of Trip Advisor and Social Media to your business. Rural Growth Network Information will be also be available.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. For more information or to make a booking please contact Carrie at the Hub office.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Upate on CAP 2015 and Greening - 24 July 2014

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
7.00pm - 9.00pm

Come and join Warwickshire Rural Hub to hear the latest on the CAP and Greening, including ecological areas, from the Green Futures and Farming Advice Service team.

The Hub will also be providing information on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network that offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business.

To book your place please contact the Hub office.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Soils event - return to Highfield Farm - 9 July 2014

10.30am - 2.30pm (lunch will be provided)

Highfield Farm, Honington, Whatcote Road, Shipston On Stour, Warwickshire
CV36 5AA - unfortunately there isn't a postcode that takes you directly to the farm.

A previous soils workshop at Tom Newbery’s farm in Honington looked at where he had sub-soiled, moled or direct drilled using a variety of drills such as a Claydon, a Kuhn disc drill and a cross-slot drill. This workshop will now look at those fields again where the growing crops will be seen that have resulted from the different types of drilling (non-cultivation).

The workshop will be led by agronomist Simon Draper.

The farm is located on the Whatcote Road going out of Honington and we will meet up at the farm house:

As the workshop will involve looking at various different fields please feel free to bring along your quad bikes to travel around on.

To book a place please contact the Hub office.



Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Visit to Syngenta Warwickshire Demonstration Site - 30 June 2014

Chesterton Fields Farm, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, CV33 9JY

Following last year’s successful event we are organising another visit to the Syngenta demonstration site. The itinerary will be as follows:

6.15 pm - Arrival, barbecue and refreshments

7.00 pm - Tour of Plots

• Winter wheat varieties and fungicide comparisons
• Winter barley varieties including Hybrid Barley and fungicide comparisons
• Blackgrass control strategies using pre-ems and post-ems
• Life without Neonic Seed Dressings - what are the options?
• Operation Pollinator: wild flower environmental strips

9.00 pm - Depart

BASIS & NRoSO points will be available

There will be refreshments and a barbeque before a tour of the plots. The Hub will be present with information on the Rural Growth Network and Melissa Hoskings of the Severn Rivers Trust will also be in attendance. To reserve your place please contact Carrie at the Hub office


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 697496
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Grandfather rights training - Hand-held sprayer (knapsack sprayer) - Optional - 23 June 2014

Leamingtonians RFC, Bericote Road, Blackdown, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6QP

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers.

Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training in association with Severn Rivers Trust which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

NPTC Registration, certificate & assessment fee for hand-held sprayer certification is £80. This course is optional for grandfather rights certification.

For more information or to book your place please contact Melissa Hoskings.



Contact: Melissa Hoskings
Contact number: 07584 569429
Email: melissa@severnriverstrust.com
Website: www.severnriverstrust.com

Grandfather rights training - field sprayer (optional) - 17 June 2014

Mill Farm, Ashorne near Warwick CV35 9AA

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers.

Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training in association with Severn Rivers Trust which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

NPTC Registration, certificate & assessment fee for field sprayer training is £118. This course is optional for grandfather rights certification.

For more information and to book your place please contact Melissa Hoskings.



Contact: Melissa Hoskings
Contact number: 07584 569429
Email: melissa@severnriverstrust.com
Website: www.severnriverstrust.com

Grandfather rights training - handling and applying pesticides on own land - 16 June 2014

Leamingtonians RFC, Bericote Road, Blackdown, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 6QP

Changes to UK pesticide legislation are being implemented which will remove "grandfather rights" for sprayer operators and introduce compulsory testing for crop sprayers.

Currently crop sprayer operators who use pesticides on either their own land or their employer's land can do so without holding a recognised certificate of competence provided they were born before 31 December 1964. This exemption is known as 'grandfather rights'. However the exemption will be removed on 26 November 2015 when operators who fall into this category will be required to hold a certificate.

The Hub has organised training to be delivered by Warwickshire Training in association with Severn Rivers Trust which will provide the necessary certification. Participants who live in the River Leam catchment area may be eligible for some funding towards the cost of the training.

The NPTC Registration, certificate & assessment fee is £80. This course is mandatory for receiving certification and there are two further optional courses also available.

For more information or to book your place please contact Melissa Hoskings.


Contact: Melissa Hoskings
Contact number: 07584 569429
Email: melissa@severnriverstrust.com
Website: www.severnriverstrust.com

Pollinators - Help them to help you! - 4 June 2014

Upton Estate, Home Farm, Banbury, OX15 6HU by kind permission of
Mr R Whaley-Cohen

2.00 - 4.30pm

Join the Campaign for the Farmed Environment for a farm walk and talk to look at how a range of habitats has been established for pollinators and others over many years on this commercial estate and hear how best to establish and manage them to benefit your farm and the environment. The walk will be led by Marek Nowakowski together with representatives from Bright Seeds, Natural England, Cotswold Grass Seeds, Kings Seeds, Wildlife Farming Company, Syngenta and DLF Trifolium. They will give advice and lead discussion during the walk around the farm and afterwards during seasonal refreshments.

The Hub will also be providing information on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network that offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business.


BASIS and NRoSOS points applied for.

Please reserve your place with Bob Slater on bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk or 07971 227348 or with Cathy Meredith, details below.

Contact: Cathy Meredith
Contact number: 01432 870033
Email: meredithc@hlcollege.ac.uk
Website: www.cfeonline.org.uk

Farm energy - a bright future for renewables - 15 May 2014

Farmers Weekly recently conducted a survey amongst 698 farmers and landowners which revealed that 38% have already installed at least one renewable energy technology, and of these, 75% are likely to make further investments. If you are looking to save energy costs or generate your own heat, power and fuel, this workshop is for you! Come and join other Rural Hub members to find out about the options, benefits and costs of farm-based renewable energy. Timings are 10.30 - 2.30pm to include lunch. Items covered in the event include:

• Generating your own heat and power on the farm - a review of the main renewable energy technologies.
• Do farm renewables still pay? - the latest on Government incentives and investment returns.
• “RE-fuelling the Countryside” - the launch of a new RASE Report looking ahead to the prospects for new technologies, farm energy and fuel self sufficiency.
• Demonstrations - visit Henry Lucas’s farm biomass and solar PV systems.

To book your free place please contact Carrie at the Hub office.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Allerton Project - 20 March 2014

Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh - 7.00pm

You are invited to attend a talk on the Allerton Project, based at Loddington in Leicestershire, given by Alastair Leake, Director of Policy at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The Allerton project aims to research the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment and to disseminate the results of this research through education.

The Warwickshire Farmed Environment Group members visited Loddington last summer and viewed a number of environmental initiatives taking place on the farm. It is as a result of the enthusiasm generated by our visit that Alistair has agreed to give a presentation to a wider audience.

The Hub will also be providing information on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network that offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business.

To book your place at the event please contact Carrie at the Hub Office.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 697496
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Successful Direct Drilling - 13 March 2014

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG - 7pm

Steve Townsend of Soil First Farming will talk on “The factors behind successful direct drilling”

Helping you make more profit by:
• Lowering Your Fertiliser Costs
• Reducing Crop Establishment Costs
• Growing Bigger Yields

This event will be registered for BASIS & NROSO Points

To book your FREE place to attend this talk, please contact Melissa Hoskings on 07584 569429, email Melissa@severnriverstrust.com or Carrie Robbins



Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Green Futures - 2014 Seminar - 3 March 2014

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh. 7.00 - 9.00pm

Once again the Green Futures Team are working together to help farming businesses comply with cross compliance, environmental issues & legislation by organising seminars across the region.

You are invited to attend a seminar in your area looking at:

• Farming Advice Service - Cross compliance issues, including 2014 update and inspection issues.
• NFU & CLA - CAP Reform - latest news.
• Environment Agency - Five key actions for farmers to help us improve water quality. How land and water interact.
• Natural England - 2014 Transitional arrangements for Environmental Schemes and the development of the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS).
• Campaign for the Farmed Environment - where we are now and what more can farmers do.

The Hub will also be providing information on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network that offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business.

These events are likely to be heavily subscribed so booking is advised.

NRoSO and Basis registration applied for


Contact number: 01432 870024
Email: hubhereford@hlcollege.ac.uk

Rural Tourism and Food - POSTPONED - 30 January 2014

Unfortunately we have had to postpone our first Rural Tourism and Food Event. We will be organising a similar event in the next couple of months so please keep an eye on our website for details.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Return visit - How do the plots look now? - 23 January 2014

Hill Farm Priors Hardwick, Southam, CV47 7SP - by kind permission of the Darbishire family

10.30am - 2.00pm

An opportunity to see how the plots look now and hear how Hugh Darbishire is using the new supplementary feeding option to help the birds through the winter hungry gap.

Matt Willmott from NE will lead a walk around the plots that we looked at earlier in the year and talk about how to manage the new supplementary feeding options alongside the planted feed areas.

Chris Bright from Bright Seeds and Marc Bull from Kings Seeds will also be attending.

Followed by lunch at the Holly Bush, Priors Marston.

BASIS & NRoSO points applied for.

The Hub will also be providing information on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network that offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business.

To book your place to help the catering please contact Carrie Robbins at the contact details listed below or Bob Slater at bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk or 07971227348.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 024 76 858242
Email: carrie@rase,org.uk

Improving Dairy Farm Efficiency - 5 December 2013

Do you want to improve the efficiency of your dairy farm? Harper Adams University is running a free one day workshop on herd health planning and business management. During the workshop you will learn about:

the results from a three year project evaluating herd health planning

identifying factors that could make your dairy herd health plan more effective

improving skills and awareness in assessing and appraising the financial performance of a dairy farm business

increasing awareness of the impact of decisions on potential profitability

The workshop take place at the Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Lunch will be provided. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Contact: Stacey Blease
Contact number: 01952 815066
Email: sblease@harper-adams.ac.uk

Manufacturing and Engineering Masterclasses - Aston Martin, Gaydon - 5 December 2013

The Chamber of Commerce with Warwickshire Rural Hub and the Rural Growth Network would like to invite you to join them at the next in a series of manufacturing and engineering master classes being held at Aston Martin in Gaydon.

For more information or to book your place please contact Angela Tellyn. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The Hub will also be providing information on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network that offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business


Contact: Angela Tellyn
Email: angelat@cw-chamber.co.uk

Improve business competitiveness and meet cross compliance requirements - 22 November 2013

The FREE to attend event is a Farming Advice Service (FAS) meeting focusing on business competitiveness and cross compliance. It is taking place at:

Arthur Rank Centre, Council Chamber Room, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.

FAS specialists will provide the latest information on farm profitability forecasts and farm business analysis. This will include:

* top tips for business efficiency
* the latest information on CAP reform and cross compliance, including key action points

The event is offered as either a morning or afternoon session (with refreshments provided). Please state when booking which session you would like to attend.

Morning Session: 10.00 am to 12.30 pm
Afternoon Session: 1.30 pm to 4.00pm

BASIS and NRoSO CPD points are available for attendees.
Places are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment.

The Hub will also be providing information on the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network that offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business.


Contact number: 0845 345 1302
Email: bookings@farmingadviceservice.org.uk
Website: www.defra.gov.uk/farming-advice

Soils Event - 21 November 2013

10.30am - 2.30pm (lunch will be provided)

A soils workshop looking at Tom Newbery’s farm in Honington where he has sub-soiled, moled or direct drilled using a variety of drills such as a Claydon, a Kuhn disc drill and a cross-slot drill.

The workshop will be led by agronomist Simon Draper.

The farm is located on the Whatcote Road going out of Honington and we will meet up at the farm house:

Highfield Farm
Honington
Whatcote Road
Shipston On Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 5AA - unfortunately there isn't a postcode that takes you directly to the farm. If you go to this postal code continue on this road, past Grandby Road on your left handside, you should be on the Whatcote Road - the farm is the first farm on the right handside.

As the workshop will involve looking at various different fields please feel free to bring along your quad bikes to travel around on.

To book a place please contact the Hub office.

Contact: Carrie Robins
Contact number: 02476 858242 / 02476 858244
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Festival of the Harvest 2013 – Volunteers Required - 17 October 2013

The Warwickshire Rural Hub, with funding from the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER Project, is once again holding the Festival of the Harvest at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. We have primary school children from within the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER Area coming along to a FREE event to learn about a variety of areas connecting food and farming through activities and exhibits.
We are looking for volunteers to be group leaders, helpers on activity stands and also various job roles to ensure a smooth running to the event.

If you would like to know more about the event and to volunteer at this year’s festival please contact Robin or Carrie at the Hub office.

Contact: Robin Cardwell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: ruralhub@rase.org.uk

Visit to Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust at Loddington - 11 October 2013

10.30am - 3pm

The Environmental Farming Group and Campaign for the Farmed Environment have organised a trip to the GWCT farm at Loddington funded through the Allerton Project.

This should be a most interesting visit to see the work that has been done over many years by the Trust and the Allerton Project whose aims are ‘To research the effects of farming on wildlife and the environment and to disseminate the results of this research through educational activities’.

A charge of £10 will be made to cover refreshments at Loddington and a donation to the Trust.

BASIS and NRoSO points applied for.

Please contact
Carrie Robbins carrie@ruralhub.org.uk or 02476858242
Bob Slater - bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk or phone 07971227348 to book your place. Details for the visit will then follow.

River Management and Water Provision - 8 October 2013

Want to see examples of affordable and simple sources of water for stock and other farm use? Want to know about rainwater harvesting? Join our farm walk and demonstration and find out how to manage flooding and woody debris in rivers to improve the river habitat for wildlife.

The event will include demonstrations of water provision equipment, discussions and demonstrations of rainwater harvesting and there will also be solar and wind pump specialists on hand to answer your questions.

Leading the event will be Melissa Hoskings of the Severn Rivers Trust, Chris Farmer of the Environment Agency and Bob Slater of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment.

The event will be registered for NRoSO and BASIS CPD points.

To book a place please telephone Melissa Hoskings at the Severn Rivers Trust on 07584 569429 or email her on Melissa@severnriverstrust.com


Contact: Melissa Hoskings
Contact number: 07584 569429
Email: melissa@severnriverstrust.com

CFE, Warwickshire Rural Hub & the TVWLP Farm Event - 26 September 2013

Campaign for the Farmed Environment, Warwickshire Rural Hub & Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership invite you to:

Southfields Farm
Coleshill B46 3EG
on Thursday 26th September at 10.30am
by kind permission of the Plumb family.

A number of organisations have joined forces to bring you a morning of short talks and discussions about land management
in the Tame Catchment.

Bob Slater (CFE) will talk about how land management can help to reduce water pollution and provide vital habitat for wildlife.

Tim Haselden (TVWLP) will introduce a new Heritage Lottery Funded partnership scheme soon to begin in the area and explain ways in which you can get involved.

Stuart Holm (Woodland Trust) will talk about riverside tree planting and hedgerow restoration and management.

Representatives from Natural England, Severn Trent Water and the Environment Agency will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

There will be information available on the Rural Growth Network which offers a flexible package of advice and support to rural businesses in any sector and people looking to start their own business.

After lunch we will have a guided walk around Southfields Farm and see how HLS and the work being undertaken here benefits the whole environment - from the birds and the bees, to the soils and the water.

BASIS & NRoSO points have been applied for.

Lunch is provided - booking is essential!
Please contact:
Bob Slater, CFE - bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk / 07971227348
Carrie Robbins - Warks Rural Hub - carrie@ruralhub.org.uk / 02476 858242
Tim Haselden, TVWLP - tim.haselden@wkwt.org.uk / 07703192200


Rural Growth Network Event

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

BASIS - Fertiliser Advisers Certification and Training Scheme (FACTS) - 17 September 2013

Working in collaboration with Smiths Gore to enable eligible* attendees to receive subsidised training through Landskills funding.

This course has been set up in response to requests for the course to be spread out over 3 months rather than an intensive week to reduce impact on other work or home commitments.

Course Dates & Times:
9.00am - 5.00pm with lunch & refreshments included
Tues 17th Sept - training
Wed 25th Sept - training
Wed 23rd Oct - training
Thurs 24th Oct - training
Mon 11th Nov - revision
Tues 19th Nov - Exam day. (8.30am start)

Venue: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

This course is designed for those who wish to pass the FACTS examination leading to the Certificate of Competence in Fertiliser Advice, as well as advisers, representatives, farmers and farm managers involved in arable crop production and management.

As a result of this course, attendees will be able to:
• Fully understand the role of fertilisers in food production.
• Make recommendations that are agronomically, environmentally and economically sound.

Course content:
• The soil in relation to plant nutrition.
• The nature and properties of fertilisers.
• Organic fertilisers.
• Crop nutrients and the basis for calculating the amount of fertiliser required.
• Use of fertilisers on the main crop groups in the UK.
• Transport, storage, handling and labelling requirements necessary to protect the environment
• Codes of good agricultural practice, legal and safety requirements to protect the environment

For further information and details about the course syllabus please refer to the BASIS website at www.basis-reg.com

Qualification:
Successful candidates will qualify for the FACTS Certificate of Competence in Fertiliser Advice. This course will also accrue 30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Cost:
To receive the subsidised training delivery partners and subcontractors are required to confirm that all are eligible beneficiaries who work in agricultural, horticultural and forestry management including sole traders, partners, owners, managers, supervisors and staff with a managerial and/or decision making role.
Full eligibility guidance can be found at http://ccalandskills.co.uk/eligibility

Attendees eligible for funding £400 for course + examination
Non-eligible attendees £950 for course + examination

To book your place please contact:
Smiths Gore Hyperion House
The Oaks Office Park
Fordham Road
Newmarket
Suffolk CB8 7XN
Email: newmarket@smithsgore.co.uk
Telephone: 01638 665848



Contact: Warwickshire Rural Hub or Smiths Gore

River Management: On Farm Walk - POSTPONED UNTIL AUTUMN - 17 July 2013

POSTPONED UNTIL AUTUMN

Bondon Farm, Birdingbury, CV23 8ET
(By kind permission of Wallace McCurdie)

Want to know your responsibilities for river and ditch management? Find out about river habitat improvement and funding for fencing watercourses? Come along to our farm walk:
Woody debris in rivers Flooding
Cross-compliance ELS/HLS Buffers
Water abstraction Riverside Planting
Watercourse fencing Water Quality
Alternative water supplies Wetland creation

Leading the walk and discussions will be:
Melissa Hoskings- Severn Rivers Trust
Jon Rollinson- Environment Agency
Chris Farmer- Environment Agency
Bob Slater- Campaign for the Farmed Environment

This event will be registered for BASIS and NRoSO CPD points

Refreshments & buffet lunch provided. To book a free please contact:
Melissa Hoskings, Severn Rivers Trust on 07584 569429 / email Melissa@severnriverstrust.com
Or Carrie at the Hub office on 02476 858242 / email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Directions to Bondon Farm:
From Southam: Take the A426 Rugby Road, after the Boat Inn pub turn left down Callias Lane and continue to the end. At the junction turn left onto the Birdingbury Road and take your 2nd right down Main Street (signposted Frankton). Continue until you reach a large sweeping bend to the right. Turn left off the bend and into the track which leads to Bondon Farm.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Farm Walk & Talk - Margin Management - 9 July 2013

Snowford LodgeFarm, Long Itchington, Southam CV47 9QQ
Tuesday 9th July at 3.00pm
(by kind permission of Mary Moreton)
An opportunity to see how margin management can help the insects and birds and bring some colour back to the farm.
The walk will also show other habitats managed using NE/CFE guidelines.

Leading the walk and talking about the various aspects of the Farm and its management will be:
Belinda Bailey - Syngenta Environmental Initiatives Manager
Marek Nowakowski - Farmed Environment Company
Jo Chesworth - Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Matt Willmott - Natural England Advisor for Warwickshire
Bob Slater - Warwickshire CFE Coordinator
Melissa Hoskings - Leam and Upper Avon CSF Officer will also give an update on some interesting local trials work on alternatives to metaldehyde for slug control.

BASIS and NRoSO points available

Followed by refreshments and a BBQ

Booking is essential for a GLASS OF PIMMS! - Please contact
Carrie Robbins carrie@ruralhub.org.uk or 02476 858242
Bob Slater - bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk or phone 07971227348 to book your place.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Soil Correction Workshop REVISIT - Various Farms - 2 July 2013

10.30am - 3.00pm

In March the Hub, along with national soils expert Simon Draper, visited various farms that, due to the wet summer and autumn, had damaged their soils through either harvesting or drilling under wet conditions. Waterlogged fields caused by compaction and wet weather were a common theme.

Simon Draper helped to identify the damage and what was best to help alleviate it. He will be revisiting the problem fields to see how things have developed.

The workshop will discuss :
- Soil structure - what's good? Whats average and whats really bad! - putting the priority into remedying soil damage. ( Likely yield and cost benefit from altering it)
- Correcting soil structure - to subsoil, plough, minimal cultivate or direct drill?
- Soil management & protecting the environment - Identifying fields more likely to cause run off due to severe soil damage
- Soil management planning

The farms that are being revisited are:
10.30 am
Rob Fox
Squab Hall Farm
Bishop Tachbrook
CV33 9QB

11.30am
Steven Walters
Church Farm
Dorsington
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 8AX

12.30pm
Ian Rooney
Keepers Cottage
Upper Billesley
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 9RA

1.30pm
Chris Mann
Manor Farm
Wolverton
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 0HH

2.15pm
S-J Redding
Upper Wawensmoor
Wootton Wawen
Henley in Arden
B95 6BS

Please note that timings are approximate.

If you are taking part in the whole day please inform the Hub Office so that lunch can be provided for you.
If you are only joining the workshop at specific farms you can call Carrie on 07540419836 during the event to find out where the workshop is at that time.

Thank you to the Farm Advisary Service for funding towards the costs of this event.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk or carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Cultivation Challenge & Stubble Stomp - Soil Correction Return Visit - 27 June 2013

In March the Hub, along with national soils expert Simon Draper, visited Mark Hollands farm to see how the wet weather conditions had affected the Cultivation Challenge and Stubble Stomp cultivations. Now we will revisit the farm to see how the land and crops are prgoressing.

This practical meeting will allow the group to look over this year’s crops and the opportunity to dig soil pits to look at root systems, with soil expert Simon Draper. The group will then be able to discuss the various crop options and systems to be put in place for the following year.

Time: 2.00pm
Location: Wootton Hill Farm, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6BL

All farmers are welcome to attend.

Thank you to the Farming Advice Service for contributing towards the cost of the event

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476858242
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk or carrie@rase.org.uk

Farm Shop Conference - 10 June 2013

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Two day conference - 10th and 11th June 2013

This unique event will run over two days, providing a comprehensive focus on the key aspects of marketing to ensure your farm shop or visitor attraction is successful.
Day 1 will include visits to four farm leading farm shops to see real life case studies. Day 2 will include expert speakers providing technical and managerial guidance helping each attendee to implement the lessons when they return to their own business.
Cassava Ltd and Smiths Gore have partnered with leading farm shops in each of the areas to ensure that the programme is of the highest quality together with speakers who will provide a lasting impact on everyone who attends.

Day 1 - Day on Tour
We will be visiting 4 farms and horticultural businesses to take an in depth look at how farm retail works for them. You will spend time working with the owners of these businesses to understand the ups and downs they have experienced while developing their business. Each will provide practical ideas on how to attract more customers into their businesses and how to maximise expenditure from each customer. This day will start at 9.30 and aim to finish around 5.30.
Hillers Farm Shop: Hillers is a family run business, started over 80 years ago from a thriving farm that grows the best quality fruit for distribution to markets across the country. Hillers have been awarded the Best Rural retailer by the Countryside Alliance in 2010 and the Warwickshire and Worcestershire best Farm Shop of the Year award. www.hillers.co.uk
Lower Clopton Farm Shop: Lower Clopton Farm is a family run business, Richard is the third generation to work this 211 acre farm which produces traditionally farmed beef, lamb and turkey as well as a small amount of arable crops which are mainly used to feed and bed the stock. www.lowerclopton.co.uk
Hill Top Farm Shop: In 1999 John set up the farm shop following successful and positive feedback from selling through local Farmers Markets. Seasonality is very important at Hilltop Farm. They stock a wide range of the best British seasonal produce from asparagus to pheasant. Everything they sell is sourced as locally as possible. www.hilltopfarmshop.com
Malt Kiln Farm Shop: The farm shop has grown steadily since 1991 and in October 2007 they opened a butchers counter and coffee shop both of which are run as an integral part of the business. Home reared beef and pork in addition to a range of fruit and vegetables make this a fantastic shopping and eating experience. www.maltkilnfarmshop.co.uk

Day 2 - Conference Day
A great line up of speakers and industry experts ensuring that the day is packed with information to help you review, re-focus and re-energise your business. The day will be a mixture of presentations and workshop sessions providing you with plenty of time to interact with the speakers. The day will include a focus on the customer experience, promotion and marketing, branding and setting your own and the businesses performance targets. This day will run between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm.
Speakers at the conference will include.
Susie Emmett: Susie is a creative communicator. Using multimedia skills she works with a wide range of local and international food businesses to use words, images and sound to inspire, inform and influence their customers.
Jonathan Winchester: Jonathan is the founder of Shopper Anonymous and works with some of the most successful farm shops, rural and independent businesses across the UK to improve their standard of customer service
Charlie Turnbull - Managing the Margins in Retail, fantastic practical tips and tools to use to keep on top of those figures.
Stuart Beare: adding value to a farm shop often involves creating new activities to attract new people and then to keep customers longer. Stuart will highlight how he has managed to attract thousands of new customers to Tulleys Farm and the impact this has had on the profits.
Michael Mack: Michael will explore the process of setting personal and business performance indicators that matter. Smiths Gore have worked across most farming and rural businesses to support them to benchmark their performance and then to use this information to achieve improvements in the businesses performance.
Chris Burton: Chris has more than twenty years of experience in successfully growing businesses through brands and marketing. Chris will explain how to unleash the power of your brand and sharpen the focus of your marketing.

“This event will inspire farm retail business to step back and think about the strategic way their business runs as well as make them think about the detail, a must attend for any farm shop owner and manager” Sally Jackson, The Pink Pig Farm, pinkpigfarm.co.uk

Take advantage of the early bird rate and book before 25th May 2013
Early bird rate - £120 +VAT
Afterwards - £130 + VAT

To book please call either Carrie Robbins at the Warwickshire Rural Hub or Michael Mack at Smiths Gore:

Carrie Robbins
Hub Co-ordinator
Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC
Arthur Rank Centre
Stoneleigh Park
Warwickshire
CV8 2LG
t 024 76 858 242
carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Michael Mack
Smiths Gore
Hyperion House
The Oaks Office
Fordham Road
Newmarket
CB8 7XN
t 01638 666444
newmarket@smithsgore.co.uk

Accommodation
Local Accommodation has been organised at Stoneleigh Lodge.
Single rooms at £55
Doubles at £60
To book a room please telephone 024 7669 0123 and quote ‘Farm Retail Event’

This project has been supported through the Rural Development Programme for England , which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union

Free Guided Farm Walk - Hill Top Farm - 8 June 2013

Hilltop Farm, Hunningham
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV33 9EL
With kind permission of the Ellis family

Saturday 8th June 10.30am - 12.00pm

The free of charge walk, led by farmer Crick Ellis, will cover various aspects of the farm which may include:

• Background to Farm
• Environmental Stewardship
• River Bank Management
• Hedgerow planting & Management
• Diversification of Farm Shop and Cafe
• Livestock
• Wildlife

Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear as the walk may involve walking through fields and on uneven surfaces.

Numbers are restricted, therefore pre booking is essential.
Please contact Warwickshire Rural Hub on 02476 858242 or carrie@rase.org.uk

After the walk there will be the opportunity to purchase local produce from Hilltop Farm Shop or treat yourself to lunch in the farm cafe if you wish.

This event is part of the Friendly Farmer project to establish relationships between farmers and their local communities for the mutual benefit of both parties. The idea is to raise community awareness of farming activities, food production and the many elements of environmental, social and economic sustainability in which farmers are involved. In exchange farmers hear firsthand about the whys and wherefores of consumer food purchasing as well as their concerns and interest in animal welfare and the farmed environment.
The project and the farm visits are funded by the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER Programme.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Making Trees Work for Farming - EVENT FULLY BOOKED! - 6 June 2013

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU ARE INTERSTED THEN PLEASE CONTACT THE HUB TO BE PUT ON THE RESERVE LIST IN CASE THERE ARE ANY CANCELLATIONS.

Barratts Cottage Farm, Marton, CV23 9RN

By Kind Permission of Gordon Robson of Barratts Cottage Farm, Marton.

2.00pm: ARRIVAL
Teas & coffees served

2.10pm: INTEGRATING TREES INTO ARABLE & LIVESTOCK FARMING SYSTEMS
Mike Townsend - Woodland Trust

2.30pm: AGROFORESTRY - INTEGRATING FORESTRY WITH AGRICULTURE
Dr. Jo Smith - Organic Research Centre

3.00pm CREATING & MANAGING WOODLAND FOR GAME
tbc - BASC

3.30pm: WOODLAND FOR BIOMASS - COST EFFECTIVE LAND USE
Robert Williams - Warwickshire Wood Fuel

3.50 pm: QUESTION & ANSWERS

4.00pm: BREAK

4.15pm: FARM WALK
Gordon Robson and Melissa Hoskings (the local catchment officer) will lead a farm walk showing the different areas of tree planting and woodland creation on the farm and will discuss benefits, costs, species composition, and management of these areas. Stuart Holm from the Woodland Trust will be talking about grants available for tree planting and woodland creation.

Followed by a BBQ & Drinks produced by local farmer Stuart Friswell, Priors Marston.

To guarantee your FREE place with food & drink please contact either Melissa Hoskings on 07584 569429 / email melissa@severnriverstrust.com or Carrie at the Hub office on 02476 858242 / email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

This event will be registered for BASIS and NRoSO CPD points.

The event is jointly hosted by the Leam Partnership and Warwickshire Rural Hub

"2012 – Bad for Farmers and Birds. What have we learned?" - 23 May 2013

10.30am - lunch included

CFE & Warwickshire Rural Hub Environmental Farming Group

Hill Farm Priors Hardwick, Southam, CV47 7SP
by kind permission of the Darbishire family
http://www.stayathillfarm.co.uk/

2012 was a bad year for farmers and farmland birds. An opportunity to see what we have learned and how various options can be managed to help reduce the impact of unusual weather conditions on birds. Chris Bright from Bright Seeds and Bob Slater CFE will talk about the options and how to manage them before lunch and a walk on the farm to see how Hugh Darbishire manages his 2 year plots.
Matt Willmott from NE will be on hand to discuss farmland bird ecology and habitat management in more detail, plus supplementary feeding for farmland birds (the option is now available to existing ELS and HLS agreement holders). Melissa Hosking CSF Project Officer for the Upper Avon and Leam will also be available to talk about the CSF Upper Avon & Leam project.

BASIS & NRoSO points applied for.

BOOK NOW TO BE ENTERED IN DRAW FOR TICKETS TO CEREALS!

FREE to attend but booking is essential

Please contact Bob Slater - bob.slater@cfeonline.org.uk or Carrie Robbins carrie@ruralhub.org.uk or 02476858242 to confirm your place, and pass this invite on to any friend who may be interested!

A return visit is planned later this year to see how the plots look.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Farmer & Community Visits Seminar - 30 April 2013

10am - 3pm (lunch provided)
Pleasance farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1PR

This seminar is for farmers who want to learn about and enhance community or educational visits on their farms. The aim is to help farmers engage and inform about the work that farmers undertake.

Farming And Countryside Education (FACE) will deliver the seminars.

The focus will be on how hands on activities can enhance community visits to the farm. The seminars will be farm based and will introduce a wide range of simple hands on activities for families. These will include a selection from

Rural crafts
Environmental arts
Games for outdoors
Farming and wildlife exploration
Treasure hunts

Health and Safety will be a major element of the pre-visit liaison with farmers. Suitable footwear, bio-security, hand washing etc will all be covered.

Places are FREE of charge and must be booked in advance. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This event is part of the Friendly Farmer Project and is funded by Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Soil Correction Workshop - Various Farms - 19 March 2013

Due to the wet summer and autumn virtually all farms have damaged their soils through either harvesting or drilling under wet conditions. Severely damaged soils can take years to remedy and correct decisions made now on how to cultivate fields to alleviate the damage can make a huge difference.

This practical workshop is aimed at helping you to identify the damage and what would be best to help alleviate it, the workshop will concentrate on:
- Soil structure - what's good? Whats average and whats really bad! - putting the priority into remedying soil damage. ( Likely yield and cost benefit from altering it)
- Correcting soil structure - to subsoil, plough, minimal cultivate or direct drill?
- Soil management & protecting the environment - Identifying fields more likely to cause run off due to severe soil damage
- Soil management planning - the Soil Protection Review for 2012

THIS MOBILE WORKSHOP WILL TRAVEL TO VARIOUS FARMS THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO LOOK AT PROBLEM FIELDS OR FIELDS BADLY EFFECTED BY LAST YEARS WEATHER. SIMON DRAPER, A NATIONAL SOILS EXPERT, IS ON HAND TO LOOK AT THE PROBLEM AND DISCUSS POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS OR ACTIONS TO TAKE. THE WORKSHOP ATTENDEES WILL TRAVEL ROUND AS A GROUP TO LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT SOILS AND PROBLEMS.

The planned route is:
10.30 - 11.00 am
Rob Fox
Squab Hall Farm
Bishop Tachbrook
CV33 9QB
Problem with water logged field. A low lying field next to a brook. Has drilled spring beans but wants advice for autumn.

11.15 - 11.45am
Jeremy Clay
Castle Farm
Lower Fulbrook
Warwick
CV35 8AS
Clay soil - waterlogged

12.15 - 12.45pm
Steven Walters
Church Farm
Dorsington
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 8AX
Bidford clay/ heavy land. 3 types of soil formation.
Usually easy to farm but is waterlogged and unworkable.

1.05 - 1.30
LUNCH at Ian Rooneys farm
Please let the Hub know if you are taking part in the workshop so that lunch can be provided for you.

1.30 - 2.00
Ian Rooney
Keepers Cottage
Upper Billesley
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 9RA
Heavy clay - lays wet

2.15 - 2.45pm
Chris Mann
Manor Farm
Wolverton
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 0HH

3.00 - 3.30pm
S-J Redding
Upper Wawensmoor
Wootton Wawen
Henley in Arden
B95 6BS
Warwickshire loam. Field has 45 degree angle & natural springs. Compaction problems. Last harvest was wheat.
SatNav - you may see signs for “Centralis” that is correct, it is a company based at the farm.

Please note that timings are approximate and could change on the day.

If you are taking part in the whole day please inform the Hub Office so that lunch can be provided for you.
If you are only joining the workshop at specific farms you can call Carrie on 07540419836 during the event to find out where the workshop is at that time.


Thank you to the Environment Agency for funding towards the costs of this event.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

NVZ Workshop - NEW DATE - 18 March 2013

The Warwickshire Rural Hub in collaboration with the Leam Partnership is working with the Environment Agency to ensure that all farmers in Warwickshire are fully aware of the new rules and documentation for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones.

We are running a practical session on Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. Following the success of previous workshops, this events aim to help YOU through YOUR paperwork, record keeping and answer questions you may have. This will include some step by step calculations that you need to do to understand, and comply with these regulations.

In order to get the most out of the session, please bring along information about YOUR farm to help YOU understand the regulations in relation to YOUR farm, this will be detailed in the joining instructions. Please also ensure you bring a calculator with you to the workshop.

There are a limited number of spaces and due to the nature of the event we can only accept those that have pre-registered.

Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Location: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG

Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the workshop.

These workshops qualify for BASIS/NRoSo points. Please make sure you bring your registration number.

Reserve your free place by sending your name, address, contact telephone number and email address to carrie@rase.org.uk or call the Hub office on 02476 858242.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Stoneleigh Park Farm Walk FULLY BOOKED - 16 March 2013

Saturday 16th March 2013 at 10am - 12.30pm
This walk is now fully booked - if you would have liked to have participated please let me know and, if there are enough numbers, I will try to put another walk on.

As part of a project to help inform local communities about farming, food production and rural management in their immediate vicinity Warwickshire Rural Hub has organised a farm walk around parts of the Stoneleigh Park estate for people living in Stoneleigh, Ashow, Stareton and surrounding villages.

The free of charge walk will include talks about and the opportunity to see examples of grassland, woodland and shoot/game management on the estate. There will also be visits to the Livestock Market and the sites for the Grasslands and Muck event and the planned Equine Centre. The walk should be of interest to all ages, including children and will be led by Alan Hunt, Stoneleigh Park Farm Manager and Colin Hooper, Estates Director.

Whilst the walking will be relatively easy you are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear (wellingtons or strong boots) as the walk may involve walking through fields/woodland and uneven surfaces. Mini buses will be available to transport visitors between the various sections of the walk.

Car parking will be available next to the St. Johns Ambulance building just inside the main gate and the walk will commence from there at 10am.

The programme will conclude at the Farmers Fayre shop at Stoneleigh Park to hear about locally sourced food. There will also be an opportunity to purchase local produce and refreshments.

A further attraction is that the Edible Garden Show is taking place on the Showground over the weekend of March 15th-17th. And the Rural Hub has secured a 33% discount on ticket prices for those taking part on the farm walk who would also like to attend the Show.

Numbers are limited to 30 participants for the walk so pre-booking is essential.

Please contact Carrie Robbins at the Warwickshire Rural Hub soon as possible on carrie@rase.org.uk or 024 76 858 242 stating how many places you want to book on the walk and if you require discount vouches for the Edible Garden Show.

Friendly Farmer Project Funded by:
Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER Programme

This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Drainage - A talk by Rob Burtonshaw - 12 March 2013

7.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG

The Met office has declared 2012 the wettest year in England since 1872, most farms have been affected with many fields water logged and left undrilled. Good drainage in vital for crop yields and for successful farming, yet often drainage systems have been overlooked and investment in new schemes limited. This seasons deluge has returned drainage to the mind of many and seen more press coverage than in many years.

The talk cover:

The history of drainage
Why drain
Techniques
Costs of drainage
The future for drainage

And some practical advice on what can be done straight away.

Rob Burtonshaw is the third generation of his family to work for Farm Services Ltd, land drainage contractors based in Lighthorne, Warwickshire. He is a 2012 Nuffield Scholar with study title ‘Land drainage and its role in framings’ future’ so far he has visited Canada, Holland and the United States during his studies.

To book a place please contact Carrie at the Hub office on 02476 858242 or email carrie@ruralhub.org.uk


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@ruralhub.org.uk

Soil Correction Workshop - Wootton Wawen - 7 March 2013

10.30am - 2.30pm (lunch included)
Wootton Hill Farm, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6BL

Due to the wet summer and autumn virtually all farms have damaged their soils through either harvesting or drilling under wet conditions. Severely damaged soils can take years to remedy and correct decisions made now on how to cultivate fields to alleviate the damage can make a huge difference.

The workshop, led by soils expert Simon Draper, is aimed at helping you to identify the damage and what would be best to help alleviate it, the workshop will concentrate on:
- Soil structure - what's good? Whats average and whats really bad! - putting the priority into remedying soil damage. ( Likely yield and cost benefit from altering it)
- Correcting soil structure - to subsoil, plough, minimal cultivate or direct drill?
- Soil management & protecting the environment - Identifying fields more likely to cause run off due to severe soil damage
- Soil management planning - the Soil Protection Review

This workshop will be held at Wootton Hill Farm where we will look at the "Cultivation Challenge" and "Stubble Stomp" trial strips that Mark Hollands has been working on for the last few years with the soils group and also looking at any other problem fields that are on the farm.

Places are FREE OF CHARGE but booking is essential, please ensure that you book a place if you wish to attend so that catering can be arranged.

Thank you to the Environment Agency for funding towards the costs of this event.


Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Green Futures Event - 13 February 2013

A new date for January's postponed meeting will be 13th February 2013 at 2pm-4pm.

The Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, CV8 2LG

Once again the West Midlands Rural Hub Network, CLA, NFU, Environment Agency, Natural England, Catchment Sensitive Farming and Farming Advice Service are working together to help farming businesses comply with cross compliance and environmental legislation by organising seminars across the region.

You are invited to attend a seminar in your area looking at:

Cross compliance issues, including 2013 update and inspection issues.
CAP Reform - latest news.
Campaign for the Farmed Environment - where we are now and what more can farmers do.
Waste Exemptions - help with registering your waste activities before the October 2013 deadline.
ELS and HLS update from Natural England.
Rural Hub Network - will provide information on funding that is relevant and available in your area.

These events are likely to be heavily subscribed so to book a place please phone:
01432 870024 or email herefordshirehub@hct.ac.uk

NRoSO and Basis registration applied for


Contact: Herefordshire Hub
Contact number: 01432 870024
Email: herefordshirehub@hct.ac.uk

Soil Workshop: Maize Growing - 12 February 2013

10am - 4pm (lunch provided)
Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Basic maize growing for livestock, biogas and grain production.

Due to a very challenging year for farmers from the weather and soil conditions some farmers have asked for advice about growing maize.

Simon Draper, who is a soil & maize expert and a member of the Maize Growers Association, will run a workshop on the new methods to help achieve the best soil conditions possible for maize and how to help achieve better maize crops.

As well as looking at soil compaction and soil management for maize the workshop will cover:

- What sort of maize
- Maize economics
- Soil Compaction & soil management for maize
- drilling date
- variety choice
- seed rates and row widths
- sowing depth
- starter fertiliser
- nitrogen and other fertiliser
- organic manures for maize
- trace elements
- herbicides
- maize disease and pests/fungicides

This event is FREE to attend but places must be booked in advance for catering purposes.

Thank you to the Environment Agency for funding towards the costs of this event.

Contact: Carrie Robbins
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

PLANET Nutrient Management Computer Training Update Workshop - 7 February 2013

A Rural Hub event in collaboration Leam Partnership.
This workshop is aimed at those who have completed the previous two part PLANET training course or have been using the PLANET computer system and need a refresher or update.

Date: Thursday 7th February 2013
Time: 10.30 - 2.30pm (lunch provided)
Address: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1PR

Places are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. Places must be booked in advance. To book a place please contact Carrie on 02476 858242 or email carrie@rase.org.uk

PLANET Nutrient Management Computer Training (2 Part Course) - 31 January 2013

A Rural Hub event in collaboration Leam Partnership.
How to set up the farm with current and historic records, how to ensure NVZ compliance is covered, entering soil analysis records.

Dates: Thursday 31st January 2013 (Part 1) & Wednesday 6th February 2013 (Part 2)
Time: 10.30 - 2.30pm (lunch provided)
Address: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1PR

Places are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. Places must be booked in advance. To book a place please contact Carrie on 02476 858242 or email carrie@rase.org.uk

Direct Drilling and Cover Crop Workshop and Demonstration - 30 January 2013

9.45am till 3.45pm (FREE lunch provided)
The Royal Oak Pub, Whatcote, Shipston on Stour, CV36 5EF
Due to the previous event being fully booked we are repeating the event again - please book your place asap!

The meeting will begin with a workshop by Steve Townsend on Direct Drilling and Cover Crops at The Royal Oak. This will be followed by lunch and then taking a look at the on farm demonstration and trial plots. Tom Newbery has undertaken various cover crop trial plot strips which include the following crops:

Winter Beans
Stubble Turnips
Fodder Radish
Mustard
Peas
Phacelia
Buckwheat
Sunflowers
Vetches
Red Clover
Crimson Clover
Grazing Rye

Places are limited so to book your FREE place then please contact Carrie on 02476 858242 or carrie@rase.org.uk

For those that attended the previous event in Novemeber but were unable to make the afternoon session due to the flooding you are welcome to attend the afternoon session - please call to confirm.


Contact: Carrie at the Hub Office
Contact number: 02476 858242
Email: carrie@rase.org.uk

Evening Waste Regulations Workshop - 4 December 2012

In collaboration with the Leam Partnership

The Leam Partnership and the Warwickshire Rural Hub are holding a Waste Regulations Workshop to help farm businesses keep informed about farm regulations and cross-compliance.

Changes under the Environmental Permitting Regulations mean that new actions will be needed to maintain any exemptions registered with the Environment Agency. You will need to periodically review waste production, use, storage, treatment and disposal activities carried out on the farm and register any waste exemptions required. Come along to find out what this will mean for you.

This workshop will provide you with a great opportunity to openly askany questions and help to complete your paperwork.

Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: The Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warks, CV8 2LG

This event will be registered for BASIS and NRoSO CPD points

To book your FREE place please contact: Melissa Hoskings at the Severn Rivers Trust on 07557 338642 or Jenny Gunnell at the Warwickshire Rural Hub 02476 858244

Direct Drilling and Cover Crops Workshop and Demonstration - NOW FULLY BOOKED - 21 November 2012

The event is NOW FULLY BOOKED, however please send us your contact details if you wish to be added to the waiting list. Thank you.

Meet at The Royal Oak for the direct drilling and cover crops workshop which will be followed by a look at the on farm demonstration and trial plots.

Location: The Royal Oak at Whatcote, Shipston on Stour, CV36 5EF
Time: 9.45am - 3.45pm (free lunch provided)

Places are limited so to book your free place to attend please call Jenny on 02476 858244

Water Treatment Works Tour & Capital Grant Talk - 20 November 2012

In collaboration with the Leam Partnership

Have you ever wondered how the water from the River Leam catchment is treated so it’s fit to drink? How they remove sediment, nitrate & some pesticides? Receive a tour from the Severn Trent Water Operations Manager and find out more about this fascinating, yet vital process.

ALSO

The catchment advisor will be talking about the Catchment Sensitive Farming Capital Grant Scheme. Come and find out more about the grant itself, what you can apply for, how to apply, and how to stand the best chance of receiving a grant!

Location: Campion Hills Water Treatment Works, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Time: 10.00 - 12.30pm

This event will be registered for BASIS and NRoSO CPD points

For further information and to book your FREE place please contact Melissa Hoskings at The Severn Rivers Trust on 07557 338642 or melissa@severnriverstrust.com. Or Alternatively you can book through the Warwickshire Rural Hub on 02476 858 244.

Rainwater Harvesting - NOW FULLY BOOKED - 15 November 2012

In collaboration with the Leam Partnership

How to set it up on your farm and save £100’S a year on water bills

Daniel Fentiman from D&H Animal Husbandry will be presenting an overview of Rainwater Harvesting which will give advice on how its adoption may benefit your farm and save you money, to help demonstrate the benefits of Rain Water Harvesting and tips on installation.

Examples of the possible topics which will be covered in the talk include:

- The financial benefits of rainwater harvesting
- How to set it up on your farm
- What can I use the water for?
- What type of filtration system do I need?
- Getting the size of the tank right for your needs
- Grant Opportunities

Location: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 1PR
Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm (Free buffet lunch to finish)

All attendees will receive a FREE Environment Agency publication, ‘Rainwater Harvesting: an on-farm guide’

This event will be registered for BASIS and NRoSO CPD points

To book your FREE place please contact Melissa Hoskings, Severn Rivers Trust on 07557 338642 or Jenny Gunnell, Warwickshire Rural Hub on 02476 858244

How to beat resistant black-grass issues & Methods for pest control in Oilseed Rape & Winter Wheat - 8 November 2012

Dr Stephen Moss a leading expert on herbicide resistance in grass-weeds will give an informative talk on black-grass control issues in particular focussing on the heavy clay soils of Warwickshire where a lot of his research has been based.
He will also provide advice on the timing of drilling, cultivation techniques and herbicide applications based on evidence gathered from local trial plots. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions regarding your own farm.

Followed by a farm walk & a look at our SLUXX trial plots

Jeremy White a local AICC agronomist will lead the farm walk and talk on:
- Methods used by Red House Farm to tackle resistant black-grass.
- How to remediate compaction problems from a wet harvest, including reducing run-off & soil loss.
- Identification of common weeds and best methods for control.
- Discussion on methods for pest control in oilseed rape and winter wheat.
- A look at the SLUXX trial plots to see how this product (that contains no metaldehyde) is faring in the wet weather against the Warwickshire slugs.

With a Free Buffet Lunch to follow
The event will be registered for BASIS and NRoSO CPD points

Location: Campion Hills Water Treatment Works, Black Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 7UA
Time: 10.00am -1.00pm

To Book a Free place: Contact Melissa Hoskings on 07557 338642 or The Warwickshire Rural Hub on 02476 858244

Autumn Planning Seminar: Planning to develop? - 6 November 2012

The Warwickshire Rural Hub, Ellacotts, Framptons, Sheldon Bosley and the CLA are holding their Autumn seminar:
PLANNING TO DEVELOP?

Much has changed over the last two years. 1,300 pages of planning guidance have been thrown away and replaced with just 60 pages. The Localism Act has also come in, which provides greater decision making powers to local communities. Our seminar will update you on the following:

• Andrew Shirley of the CLA will provide an update on Planning Policy from a national perspective
• Peter Frampton will look at the application of National Policy from a local perspective
• Sam Russell of Sheldon Bosley will look at the practicalities of making a planning application
• Mark Dickin of Ellacotts will look at the tax implications of selling land and identify opportunities to save tax.

Location: Wolfson Theatre, Warwick Complex, Avenue M, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Time: 4pm

To register your FREE place at this informative seminar, please reply by Tuesday 30 October 2012 to:Charlotte Oakley at Ellacotts LLP at coakley@ellacotts.co.uk or on 01295 250 401

HGCA Grain Market Workshop - 31 October 2012

HGCA is offering growers the chance to learn more about the key drivers for the coming season as well as how to assess their business needs at this free event.

The Workshop is split in to two sessions. The first session entitled ‘Market Outlook’, will give growers a grain and oilseed market outlook as well as a look at the coming season’s key market drivers.

The second session of the Workshop is on ‘Price Risk and its Management’. This will look at gaining a better understanding of the importance of price risk management, taking the steps to develop a strategy to meet the needs and objectives of the business.

HGCA Sector Director Rebecca Geraghty said: “This half-day event begins with an independent view of the grain and oilseed market outlook to help growers identify the key drivers for the coming season and to give an insight into what to watch for. This will be followed by an interactive group workshop to help farmers learn more about managing volatility to meet their business needs.”


West Midlands Workshop: will take place at The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Date: Wednesday 31st October 2012
Time: 7.30am till 12noon - Registration and refreshments at 7.30am / Breakfast Rolls will be served at 7.45am.

For the full details and to book please visit the webiste details below, or call 0247 647 8726 or email events@hgca.ahdb.org.uk

Website: www.hgca.com/events

Cultivation Challenge and Direct Drilling Event - 10 July 2012

The event will go ahead regardless of the weather. Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear.

The practical meeting will allow the group to look over this year’s crops and the opportunity to dig soil pits to look at root systems, with soil expert Simon Draper. The group will then be able to discuss the various crop options and systems to be put in place for the following year.

Time: 4.00pm (refreshments to follow the meeting)
Location: Wootton Hill Farm, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6BL

If you would like to attend the event then please contact Jenny at jennyg@rase.org.uk or 02476 858244 to book your place.

Free Farm Visit Workshop - Overbury Farms - 19 June 2012

For Farmers within the Central Warwickshire LEADER Area who want to engage with their community or have the local community visit their farm

As part of the Friendly Farmer Project to help establish the relationships between farmers and their local communities, we would like to invite farmers from Warwickshire to a range of FREE Farmer Visit workshops. These workshops will allow the farmers to visit other farms which are already successfully engaging with their local community and give the visiting farmers the opportunity and ideas to develop links with their own local communities

The third workshop is:

Overbury Farms
Tuesday 19th June 2012, 6.00pm - 8.00pm (please meet at the Estate Office (GL20 7NR) for 5.45pm)
Overbury Farm, Estate Office, Gloucestershire, GL20 7NR

Overbury Farms is a sheep and arable farm set in the Overbury Estate in Gloucestershire. The farm is LEAF Marque accredited and takes part in the LEAF Open Farms Sunday, and has regular events engaging with schools and the local community.

The workshop will give you the opportunity to see ways in which Overbury Farms engage with their local communities through on farm activities which include:
- a community orchard
- dry stone walling
- hedge laying
- a practical run through of a typical visit by the public.
You will be informed of techniques and methods used by Overbury on how they communicate with the local community and the general public.

Travel: As Overbury Farms are in Gloucestershire, we are happy to contribute towards your fuel costs for travelling to the workshop.

After the workshops there will be light refreshments.
Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear as the workshop will involve walking through fields and on uneven surfaces.

To book you place to attend please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk


Maintaining and completing a financial recording system for the farm business - 11 June 2012

This 2 day practical course will enable participants to create, maintain and complete farm financial records as required by the accountant in order to produce the year end accounts.

Course Dates: Monday 11th June 2012 & Monday 18th June 2012
Location: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park,
Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
Time: 9.30am - 4pm

Course Content
1. Create a cash accounting system to produce financial farm records within the farming business using an Excel spreadsheet programme.
2. Maintain a computerised cash accounting system suitable for a farming business to enable the completion of year end accounts.
3. Prepare information required for VAT reporting to HMRC
4. Safe on-line communication between business and accountant

Cost: £95 for the 2 days including refreshments, lunch, course material and a copy of the cash analysis programme that can be tailored to meet the needs of your own farm business

Please make cheques payable to the Staffordshire Rural Hub and send to The Warwickshire Rural Hub, c/o The Arthur Rank Centre, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

If you have a laptop please bring it along to work on.
To book a place please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or email jennyg@rase.org.uk

This course/project is funded by LandSkills West Midlands, managed by Lantra on behalf of Advantage West Midlands, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). RDPE is funded by Defra and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Free Farm Visit Workshop - Feldon Forest Farm - 28 May 2012

For Farmers within the Central Warwickshire LEADER Area who want to engage with their community or have the local community visit their farm

As part of the Friendly Farmer Project to help establish the relationships between farmers and their local communities, we would like to invite farmers from Warwickshire to a range of FREE Farmer Visit workshops. These workshops will allow the farmers to visit other farms which are already successfully engaging with their local community and give the visiting farmers the opportunity and ideas to develop links with their own local communities.

The second workshop is:

Feldon Forest Farm, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Frankton, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 9PD

Feldon Forest Farm is a mixed organic farm which specialises in rare breed livestock. On the farm there are also various orchards, vegetable plots, wildflower meadows, woodland and riverbank areas.
George and Gill Browning who farm the land have experience in guiding local community groups and the wider public around the farm. This workshop will explore the opportunities and benefits for community involvement with on farm projects which service and support the farming activities.

After the workshops there will be light refreshments.
Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear as the workshop will involve walking through fields and on uneven surfaces.

To book you place to attend please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk
Booking deadline is Friday 18th May 2012

Free Farm Visit Workshop - Canalside Community Food - 15 May 2012

For Farmers within the Central Warwickshire LEADER Area who want to engage with their community or have the local community visit their farm

As part of the Friendly Farmer Project to help establish the relationships between farmers and their local communities, we would like to invite farmers from Warwickshire to a range of FREE Farmer Visit workshops. These workshops will allow the farmers to visit other farms which are already successfully engaging with their local community and give the visiting farmers the opportunity and ideas to develop links with their own local communities.

The first workshop is:

Canalside Community Food, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Leasowe Farm, Radford Semele, Warwickshire, CV31 1TY

Canalside Community Food is a Community Supported Agricultural Project based on Leasowe Farm. They operate a community engagement scheme which enables members who are within the local community to be able to visit the farm and partake in activities such as planting, harvesting and maintenance in exchange for their organic vegetables and fruit. By involving the local community the project highlights that ‘the process of producing food is a more economically reliable and affordable task’. The Farm is a great example of a successful project which is linking the local community to the farm and is generating an income for the farm.

“To provide fresh, organic, seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables and to involve local people in the process of producing the food they eat”. (Canalside Community Food)

Come along and see how projects like this can be implemented on your farm.
After the workshops there will be light refreshments.
Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear as the workshop will involve walking through fields and on uneven surfaces.

For further information about the project please visit: www.canalsidecommunityfood.org.uk

To book you place to attend please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk

Social Media for your Business - 18 April 2012

A one day course on Social Media for your Business by Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd.

- Practice using Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.
- Setting up groups and pages
- Setting up an event
- Uploading pictures
- Features and shortcuts

Please bring along with you to the course:
Laptop / Passwords / Usernames / An Accessible Email Account / Several Pictures / One Portrait of Yourself and Some of your Business

Cost: £31 for West Midlands Farmers, Growers and Foresters
Location: The Council Chamber, The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
Time: 9.30am Arrival, then 10.00am till 3.30pm

To book your place at this event please visit: www.growingruralenterprise.co.uk

Soils Group: Where does all the nitrogen go? - 28 March 2012

How much N in fertilizers ends up in crops and what happens to the rest? How can we make best use of N from organic manures? What can be done to improve N efficiency thereby protecting the environment and reducing costs?

Time: 7- 8.30pm,
Location: The Peter Buckler Room, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

This talk is being sponsored by the Environment Agency.

To book your FREE place to attend this talk please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk.

Grassland Management Practical - 20 March 2012

By kind permission of Andrew Hall, Dudley Wood Farm, Bentley, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 2JT

Grassland expert Simon Draper will be taking the first Grassland Group practical meeting of the year at Andrew Halls Dairy Farm in North Warwickshire. The practical event will cover various aspects of grassland management and soil structure with the objective of notably increasing the productive capacity of grassland.

Areas covered will be:
• Soil management - good grass growth relies on good soil structure - Andrew has on demo an Twose Grassland Slitter to include in the demonstrations and practical.
• Better use of fertilisers and manures - how to reduce variability in spreading slurry and FYM, what is FYM and slurry worth - how to complete the calculations, and determine how much bagged fertiliser is needed.
• Variety choice - what variety or variety mix is most suited to your situation - how do you decide?

Time: 11.00 - 3.00pm (Lunch will be provided)

This event is being sponsored by the Environment Agency.

To book your place on this event please contact Jenny on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk.

Successful Direct Drilling Talk - 15 March 2012

A talk by Steve Townsend “The factors behind successful direct drilling”

Time: 7.00pm
Location: Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

The talk is being sponsored by the Environment Agency.

To book your FREE place to attend this talk please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk

Catchment Sensitive Farming Capital Grant Assistance - 14 March 2012

In collaboration with the Warwickshire Rural Hub

This morning session is aimed at providing you with assistance in completing your Catchment Sensitive Farming Capital Grant form.

This session will ensure you have completed the form correctly, have included the required documents, and stand the best chance in receiving a grant for your farm. This informal session will also allow you to ask questions relating to your application.

A member of the local planning authority will also be present to answer any planning related questions.

Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Address: Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LG

To book your FREE place to attend please see contact details below.

Contact: Melissa Hoskings
Contact number: 07557 338642
Email: melissa@severnriverstrust.com

Cultivation Challenge and Stubble Stomp Update with a Discussion on the Timing of Nitrogen - 14 March 2012

On the 14th March Simon Draper will be returning to Mark Hollands farm to see how the cultivation challenge land and crop is progressing. He shall also be looking at the "Stubble Stomp" land to see how the various culitvations have developed.
Simon will be discussing the timing of nitrogen and looking at a range of applications to see the effects.

Below is further details of the Cultivation Challenge and Stubble Stomp.

Soils group member, Mark Holland kindly agreed for the soils group to use his land to have a cultivation challenge! During the first meeting a field was split into 4 sections and a section was given to each of the following
• the farmer using the process he would normally on his field
• Soil expert Simon Draper
• Soils Group x 2
The same crop was used but each group had to decide how it will be cultivated etc using only the machinery at the farmers disposal. The process of the autumn crop was then decided by the groups.

The “Stubble Stomp” is something that Mark and Tom Newbery (Soils Group Chairman) have been working on. They have had four drills in, each with the ability to drill straight into stubble. Each drill had to drill barley into a wheat stubble and then on a second field drill into a linseed stubble. Drills used were the Kuhn SD, Claydon Hybrid, Mzuri and the Sumo versa Plus. Mark commented “certainly these trials have been very interesting for us, enough so that we may have a change in direction of cultivation policy”.

All farmers are welcome to attend the meeting and take part in the cultivation challenge.

Time: 2.00pm
Location: Wootton Hill Farm, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, B95 6BL

To attend the event please book with Jenny Gunnell at the Hub Office.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Business Health Check: Understanding Financial Drivers - Benchmarking Profitability and Unit Cost of Production - 7 March 2012

Run as 4 middle of the day workshops, participants are taken through a series of case study examples to build the analysis of the case study farm. Between sessions they are supported to undertake the various forms of analysis on their own farms, working step by step towards analysing their own financial performance and producing their own Unit Cost of Production.

Understanding Profitability
• Analysing financial performance from the ‘accounts’
• The Business Structure
• Profitability: Identifying Profit Sufficiency - the “sustainable” level of Profit
• Non Cash Costs
• Proportional analysis:
Output
Variable costs
Gross margin
Labour
Machinery
Rent and interest
Overheads
Net margin
• Analysing trends against target benchmarks

Cash and Capital:
• Balance sheet analysis and lending structure
• Linking profit to the cashflow position - sustainability
Sources of capital
Investment
Debt repayment
Withdrawals from the business
• Trend analysis
• What If? and Sensitivity Analysis - Assessing Risk

Completing your own UCP
• Adapting the recording system to capture relevant information
• Producing ‘unit cost of production’ (UCP):
The methodology and allocating figures
i. Per head
ii. Per kg of production (or per litre)
iii. As % of output
iv. Margins per unit of output
v. Breakeven and sensitivity analysis
vi. Benchmarking outputs
vii. Comparing with industry benchmarks

Analysing your UCP and Developing the “Business Improvement Plan”
• Identifying scope for business improvements:
What? How? Financial impact - Defining priorities
Traffic Light Assessment
• Contrasting own performance against UCP Benchmarks
The Improvement challenge:
• Setting the Business Improvement agenda: priorities for action
• Setting targets and Benchmarks
• Budgeting forward ‘unit cost of production’

Event Dates:
Session 1: Wednesday 7th March 2012
Session 2: Monday 12th March
Session 3: Wednesday 28th March
Session 4: Wednesday 11th April

Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Cost: £150 plus VAT - Please make cheques payable to Warwickshire Rural Hub

Location: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

To book your place please see contact details below.

In conjunction with Smiths Gore these courses are being funded by LandSkills West Midlands, managed by Lantra, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). RDPE is funded by DEFRA and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

‘Lime – The most basic input’ - 7 March 2012

After studying Soil Science at University, John Prentis of R & T Liming has been intimately involved in Agricultural Lime for more than thirty years. This will be a wonderful opportunity to talk about lime and soils in a little more depth than is usually possible on farm.

Time: 7.00pm,
Location: The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

The talk is being sponsored by the Environment Agency.

To attend this FREE evenings talk please book your place with Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk

Succession Planning Event: Achieving Farming and Generational Succession. - 5 March 2012

Run as 4 middle of the day workshops.

The “Succession Agenda”: Challenges and Barriers
• Aims and Objectives: What we aim to achieve through succession.
• The barriers and concerns to succession: Achieving Change
• Financial: Know the Numbers - Incomes versus Asset Base
• Housing implications
• Tax Implications - overview
• Gifting Assets and losing Control: Divorce, Sale, the “Care Home trap”
• Being ‘fair’

The inheritance tax implications
• Agricultural Property Relief
• Business Property Relief
• Zero band allowances
• Wills and letters of wishes
• Implications of debt structure
• Spouse allowance
• Gifting Implications and Tapered relief
• The ‘farmhouse’: legal implications
• HMRC viewpoints and Legal case law: Antrobus, McKenna, Balfour

Business Structures, Tenancies and Valuations
• Business structures and their implications
partnerships, joint ventures, contract farming
• Valuations
Tenancy succession: Understanding the law and the Landlord’s viewpoint 1986 Agricultural Holding Act implications Farm Buildings Tenancies

Achieving Succession: Making it Happen
• Managing the change
• Managing the bank manager and supply chain through succession
• Priorities and action planning

10 questions you should be able to answer positively on programme completion:

1. Do you know your current inheritance tax liabilities?
2. Is your debt structured effectively to reduce this liability?
3. What impact does the “value” of your assets have?
4. Does your business structure facilitate effective succession and transition - What are your vulnerabilities?
5. Are your wills effective? Do you have one? Do you have letters of wishes?
6. Have you made effective and full use of spouse allowance?
7. Are you structured well to benefit from CGT re basing on IHT Transfer?
8. Are you contract farming (share farming) - Are your arrangements being properly run, and do you understand the implications of Antrobus and McKenna cases?
9. Can you protect your asset and wealth base from the “care home trap”?
10. Have you ever considered trusts, prenuptial agreements, SIPP’s?

Even in a small family farm not getting the above right can cost you several hundred thousand pounds, can you afford not to…………?!

Event Dates:
Session 1: Monday 5th March
Session 2: Tuesday 13th March
Session 3: Tuesday 27th March
Session 4: Tuesday 10th April

Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Cost: £150 plus VAT - Please make cheques payable to Warwickshire Rural Hub

Location: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

To book your place please see contact details below.

In conjunction with Smiths Gore these courses are being funded by LandSkills West Midlands, managed by Lantra, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). RDPE is funded by DEFRA and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Controlled Traffic Farming Event - 1 March 2012

Tim Chamen will provide an overview of the impacts of machinery compaction on soils in terms of tillage requirements, energy use and crop yields, as well as the associated effects on farm profit and the waste of chemicals and fertilisers. He will also touch on the environmental effects and their likely impact on future legislation. He will then look at controlled traffic farming as a means of managing soil compaction, outlining its principles and the means by which it may be achieved, with working examples from UK farms.
Following this formal presentation, attendees will make a field visit (weather permitting) to look at techniques for soil sampling and assessing characteristics, such as friability and water infiltration. In the event of poor weather, most of these techniques will be demonstrated either with slides or using previously extracted soil samples. Also in poor weather and where available, Tim will look at machinery (if available) to demonstrate aspects of controlled traffic farming systems.

Time: 10.30 - 2.30pm
Location: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1PR

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The event is being sponsored by the Environment Agency.

To book your FREE place to attend the event please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk.

Mole Catching Course - 28 February 2012

Molecatching expert John Finnemore has 50 years experience of catching moles on farms. His practical seminar will include:

• How to set a mole trap.
• The best mole traps.
• Mole trap problems solved

Bring your own mole traps to the event so that John can advise you how to use your own equipment.
This event is free to attend but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm (Lunch will be provided)
Location: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1PR

If you would like to book your place at this event please contact Jenny on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk

Soils Group: Life in the soil - what is it and what does it do? - 23 February 2012

A talk about Life in the Soil by Martin Wood. Soil is teeming with life but what exactly is all this biodiversity and what does it do? How resilient is it to changes in farming practices and climate? Can it be managed, and how can we use it to help achieve sustainable crop production?

Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm
Location: The Peter Buckler Room, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

The talk is being sponsored by the Environment Agency.

To book to attend this talk please contact Jenny Gunnell on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk.

Green Futures - 2012 Seminar - 21 February 2012

Once again the West Midlands Rural Hub Network, CLA, NFU, Environment Agency, Natural England and Farm Advice Service are working together to help farming businesses comply with cross compliance and environmental legislation by organising seminars across the region.

You are invited to attend a seminar in your area looking at:

- Cross compliance issues, including 2012 update and livestock record keeping
- CAP Reform - latest news- Campaign for the Farmed Environment - where we are now and what more can farmers do
- The Environment Agency will give an update on:
- Inspection process
- Waste Exemptions reminders
- Water Framework Directive
- ELS and HLS update from Natural England
- Rural Hub - will provide information on funding that is relevant and available in your area

Location: The Council Chamber, The Arthur Rank Centre at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LG.
Time: 7pm - 9pm
NRoSO and Basis registration applied for

To book a place please email shropsruralhub@wnsc.ac.uk or call 01939 262106

PLANET Nutrient Management Computer Training (2 Part Courses) - 16 February 2012

A Rural Hub event in collaboration with: Severn Trent Water, Environment Agency and Catchment Sensitive Farming.

PLANET Nutrient management Computer Training (2 Part Courses)

How to set up the farm with current and historic records, how to ensure NVZ compliance is covered, entering soil analysis records

These Landskills courses are being run by Warwickshire Rural Hub in conjunction with sponsorship from Catchment Sensitive Farming to enable farmers to attend these courses FREE OF CHARGE. The courses are available on two different sets of dates.

PLANET Group 1
Dates: Wednesday 18th January (Part 1) & Tuesday 24th January (Part 2)
Time: 10.30 - 2.30pm (lunch provided)
Address: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1PR

PLANET Group 2
Dates: Thursday 9th February (Part 1) & 16th February (Part 2)
Time: 10.30 - 2.30pm (lunch provided)
Address: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1PR

Places are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. Places must be booked in advance. To book a place please contact Jenny on 02476 858244 or email jennyg@rase.org.uk

These courses are funded by LandSkills West Midlands, managed by Lantra, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). RDPE is funded by Defra and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Rainwater Harvesting Event - 10 February 2012

In collaboration with the Warwickshire Rural Hub, this course is being funded by Land Skills West Midlands and sponsored by RainWater Harvesting Limited.

This event is aimed at farmers & growers wishing to learn more about Rain Water Harvesting and how it can be implemented on their farm. Steve Holt from Rainwater Harvesting Ltd will be presenting an overview of Rainwater Harvesting which will give advice on how its adoption may benefit their businesses and save you money. He will give a guided farm walk around the host farm to help demonstrate the benefits of Rain Water Harvesting and tips on installation from Balmoral tanks.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions to representatives from DEFRA, the Environment Agency and Balmoral Tanks. Come along to this FREE talk to learn about:

• WHY RWH?
• HOW IT WORKS - Tank, Filter, Pump, Mains back up, UV filtration
• INSTALLATION - Tank size calculation, Above ground, below ground, direct, indirect
• USES WITHIN FARMING - washing down, irrigation, water for livestock

Chris from DEFRA’s RDPE Team will be attending the talk to discuss the latest funding available and to help with any of you funding queries.

Time: 10.30 - 12.30pm, Lunch will be provided
Location: Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1PR


To book your FREE place to attend please contact Jenny Gunnell
on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk

All attendees will receive a FREE Environment Agency publication,
‘Rainwater Harvesting: an on-farm guide’

This course is funded by LandSkills West Midlands, managed by Lantra, as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). RDPE is funded by Defra and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Marketing on a Shoestring - 7 February 2012

An event by Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd. Marketing is the weakest link in many rural businesses. They have fantastic products or services, but they only work if they have enough customers and are making a profit!
Come along and spend some time making marketing work for your business.....

Creative low cost/no cost ways to promote your rural business. Lots of ideas, very practical with realistic achievable ideas. Making the most of your website, how to set up a website, leaflets and flyers, promotional events, social media and much more.

You will go away with a simple - ‘one side of A4 paper ‘Marketing Plan for your business.

Location: The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
Time:10am- 3.30pm
Cost: £31

To book your place please see contact details below.

Contact: Julie
Contact number: 07971 666474
Email: julie@growingruralenterprise.co.uk

Grain Marketing Workshop - 7 December 2011

HGCA, the cereals and oilseeds division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, is running a grain marketing workshop. The workshop will have two main elements; what is driving the grain markets and an interactive session about how to respond (including risk management tools.

Time: 12.30 - 4.30pm
Location: Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG


If you would like to book your place at this event please contact Jenny on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk


Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Mole Catching Course - NOW FULLY BOOKED - 23 November 2011

However please do send us your Name and Contact Details if you would like to be on a future Mole Catching Course in the New Year!!


Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1PR

Molecatching expert John Finnemore has 50 years experience of catching moles on farms. His practical seminar will include:

• How to set a mole trap.
• The best mole traps.
• Mole trap problems solved

Bring your own mole traps to the event so that John can advise you how to use your own equipment.
This event is free to attend but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm

If you would like to book your place at this event please contact Jenny on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk

Nutrient Management Course - 15 November 2011

Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1PR

Basics of importance of nutrients to plants and animals, problems with excesses as well as deficiencies, regulations - NVZ’s, future issues - phosphates.

Nutrient Planning - paper based or computer based, importance in relation to current and possible future legislation. Indicate possible financial savings.

Time: 10 - 3pm

If you would like to book your place at this event please contact Jenny on 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk

Sausage Making, Bacon Curing, Pastrami, Ham – Adding Value - Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd - 15 November 2011

Very practical - the best way to learn is to do it!
Participants bring their own meat/carcases- and will take home what they make/cut up. Full details given nearer the date.

Price: £46 Including VAT
Time: 9.30am for Coffee / Registration with 10am start - 3.30pm

Location: Jersey Pavilion, Stoneleigh Park

For further information or to book your place on the course please contact Julie at Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd.

Contact: Julie
Contact number: 07971 666474
Email: julie@growingruralenterprise.co.uk
Website: www.growingruralenterprise.co.uk

Farm Waste Regulations Event - 10 November 2011


Changes under the Environmental Permitting Regulations mean that new actions will be needed to maintain any exemptions registered with the Environment Agency. You will need to periodically review waste production, use, storage, treatment and disposal activities carried out on the farm and register any waste exemptions required. Come along to find out what this will mean for you.

Information links:

Link to main page: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/sectors/32777.aspx
More info about exemptions: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/sectors/32779.aspx
Further info about the new system: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/sectors/115673.aspx
This web page has a link to the exemption registration system.
Guidance Booklet: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Business/Changes_to_the_exemption_system_Final.pdf

Soils Group - Cultivation Challenge Update & Stubble Stomp - 9 November 2011

Time: 2.30pm
Location: Wootton Hill Farm, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, B95 6BL

Soils group member, Mark Holland kindly agreed for the soils group to use his land to have a cultivation challenge! During the first meeting a field was split into 4 sections and a section was given to each of the following
• the farmer using the process he would normally on his field
• Soil expert Simon Draper
• Soils Group x 2

The same crop was used but each group had to decide how it will be cultivated etc using only the machinery at the farmers disposal. The process of the autumn crop was then decided by the groups.

On the 9th November we shall be returning to the field to see how the crop is progressing. Marks initial feedback on the result of different primary cultivators working at different depths is “deep is not good”.

The “Stubble Stomp” is something that Mark and Tom Newbery (Soils Group Chairman) have been working on. They have had four drills in, each with the ability to drill straight into stubble. Each drill had to drill barley into a wheat stubble and then on a second field drill into a linseed stubble. Drills used were the Kuhn SD, Claydon Hybrid, Mzuri and the Sumo versa Plus. Mark commented “certainly these trials have been very interesting for us, enough so that we may have a change in direction of cultivation policy”.

All farmers are welcome to attend the meeting and take part in the cultivation challenge.

Contact: Hub Office
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

PLANET (2 Part Course): 3rd & 8th November - 8 November 2011

Pleasance Farm, Chase Lane, Kenilworth, Warks, CV8 1PR

1st Part (3rd November): How to set up the farm with current and historic records, how to ensure NVZ compliance is covered, entering soil analysis records,

2nd Part (8th November): Revision of previous day then reports and planning so that people get as much as possible from the system.

Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm / Lunch Provided

To book your place please contact Jenny on 02476 858244 or at jennyg@rase.org.uk.

Arable Benchmarking Group, - 2 November 2011

3pm - 6pm
Following an introductory meeting in September the first post harvest meeting of the new Warwickshire Rural Hub Arable Business Group will take place in the Arthur Rank Centre at 3pm on 2nd November. The benchmarking group provides a practical way of improving your understanding of true costs of production and accessing free advice and information on your cost issues. The group uses HGCA free Cropbench software to confidentially benchmark performance, similar groups across the UK have seen their members achieve significant reduction in production costs. The group will be facilitated by Keith Barriball an experience consultant and Partner at Smith Gore. Attendance is free to Warwickshire Rural Hub members and HGCA levy payers. If you missed the introductory meeting there is sill time to get involved just contact Jenny Gunnell to register your attendance.


Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Paddock Care Event - 1 November 2011

By kind permission of Chris Gardner, Mill Farm
Ashorne, near Warwick CV35 9AA

A practical event where Grassland expert Simon Draper will be demonstrating how to manage and improve Grassland Equine Paddocks.
• Soil Cultivations / Sub soiling
• Fertilising
• Weed Control
• Cutting to keep the best sward for Horses

At Mill Farm they specialise in the following:
• Agricultural Contractors specialising in Grassland and Paddock Care, as well as general contracting
• have recently opened an Equine Treatment Centre, available for hire
• offer Equine Artificial Insemination, and also a complete Equine Breeding & Foaling Service
• supply the Simple System Ltd. range of Natural Horse Feeds
• make and supply top quality Meadow Hay in conventional bales
• breed high quality Sport Horses for competition.

Maddy Gardner will be about at the event to answer any Equine questions you may have.

Time:10.30am - 2.30pm

For more information or to book your place for this event please contact Jenny Gunnell on: 02476 858244 or jennyg@rase.org.uk.

Meat Retailing Marketing Course - Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd - 25 October 2011

For anyone thinking about retailing meat direct to the consumer. Marketing is the key to success! Participants need to do this course before undertaking any of the practical workshops
- Ideas for marketing and promotion, market segmentation
- 4 Ps of marketing, ideas that would work for your business
- Comparing the cost and effectiveness of different ideas, running a successful tasting event, identifying your customer and market,
- Image and first impressions, creating a marketing plan

Price: £31 Including VAT
Time: 9.30am for Coffee / Registration with 10am start - 3.30pm

Location:Council Chamber, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park

For further information or to book your place on the course please contact Julie at Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd.

Contact: Julie
Contact number: 07971 666474
Email: julie@growingruralenterprise.co.uk
Website: www.growingruralenterprise.co.uk

Hydroponics & Soil Compaction Rural Hub Events sponsored by Fodder Solutions - 14 September 2011

Hosted by dairy farmer Simon Hughes, Walton Farm, Walton Pool,
Nr Stourbridge, DY9 4RY

Hydroponics - A Revelation in Feed
10am - 12pm

The free of charge demonstration is a practical introduction to Hydroponics. The event will include:
• What is Hydroponics
• How it works
• Benefits & results
• Discussion with livestock/equine vet on the effects/benefits of hydroponic feed
• Case study: Simon Hughes, dairy farmer, will discuss his experience of hydroponics on his farm and the effects on his stock including the elimination of ring-worm

Practical Soil Compaction Workshop - Arable & Grassland
1pm - 3.30pm
Agronomist Simon Draper will lead a practical on-farm workshop looking at soil compaction issues on arable and grassland soils. The free of charge workshop will include:
• How to identify soil compaction using spades and probes and determine what type of cultivation is required
• Determine what would be the best depth to cultivate
• How to set up, use and get the best from a subsoiler/swardlifter

A free lunch will be available from 12pm - 1pm.

The events are free of charge to attend but, due limited places and catering requirements, booking is essential.

To book please contact:
Warwickshire Rural Hub - 02476 858244 email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Worcestershire Rural Hub - 07833 051602 email: valerie.breakwell@wrh.org.uk

Please ensure you have suitable clothing and footwear for the outside elements.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Cultivation Challenge – Soils Group - 23 June 2011

Time: 6.00pm
Wootton Hill Farm, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, B95 6BL

Soils group member, Mark Holland kindly agreed for the soils group to use his land to have a cultivation challenge! During the first meeting a field was split into 4 sections and a section was given to each of the following
• the farmer using the process he would normally on his field
• Soil expert Simon Draper
• Soils Group x 2

The same crop will be used but each group had to decide how it will be cultivated etc using only the machinery at the farmers disposal. The process of the autumn crop was then decided by the groups.

On the 23rd June we shall be returning to the field to reassess the soil and whether the recent weather conditions have caused any changes to occur which may make the groups reconsider their cultivation processes. All are welcome to attend the meeting and take part in the cultivation challenge.

If you are interested in participating in this challenge please see details below.

Contact: Hub Office
Contact number: 02476 858244

Benchmarking Meeting – Arable Group - 8 June 2011

Time: 7pm
The Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park

HGCA have agreed to provide support for some detailed benchmarking meetings. The meeting will use ‘Cropbench’ which is HGCA’s free confidential benchmarking software. HGCA will also provide an experience agricultural facilitator to run a series of meetings to assist with interpreting the data and help the group get some real benefit out of the sessions. The June meeting will ensure farmers are set up on the system and get an understanding of how the software operates and are able to input 2010 data. This will ensure the group is ready for meetings looking at the 2011 harvests in October/November.

Please could you let us know if you are interested in taking part in the benchmarking group.

Precision Farming
Following the introduction to Precision Farming by Ian Beecher-Jones there is the opportunity to attend more in-depth workshops on this subject. Please register your interest for the workshops below. If there is enough interest HGCA will arrange the events for Hub Members.

Precision farming, does it pay?
What are the financial opportunities of precision farming?
The course will cover
1) How does PF work
2) The Cost: Benefit opportunities of precision farming
3) What’s variation costing me?
4) What’s inaccuracy costing me?
5) Making the decision
This course provides an overview of precision farming and the range of opportunities to explore the costs and potential benefits of adopting precision farming techniques through utilisation of the HGCA Cost: Benefit tool.

Precision farming for operators
The role of operators in a successful precision farming operation
1) The fundamentals of precision farming
2) How precision farming fits together
3) The role of the operator
4) Getting the basics right
5) Fitting it all together
This course is designed for operators new to precision arming and wanting to understand how it all works and how important their role is to making it all work.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Arable Group - Visit to Syngenta Warwickshire Demonstration Site and BBQ - 1 June 2011

Time: 6.30pm

Syngenta have a number of demonstration and trial sites situated throughout the United Kingdom. The purposes of the sites are to evaluate current and new product performance, demonstrate crop varieties and growing systems. Work currently being undertaken at the Warwickshire site:-

• Winter Wheat variety/fungicide plots
• Winter .Barley fungicide plots
• Black Grass herbicide plots reviewing current product performance and seeing what has worked this season
• The Fungicide Grower challenge an opportunity for growers to construct a cereal fungicide programme and monitor performance throughout the season plots replicated and taken to yield
• Environmental strips, evaluating the effect of different sown mixtures and on habitat and species

Venue: Chesterton Fields Farm, Fosse Way, Nr. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV33 9JY
By kind permission of Mr R and Mr J Hadley

Booking is essential for catering purposes.
To book your place for this meeting, please see contact details below.


Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

FiT for FARMING - 12 April 2011

Location: Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

The Warwickshire Rural Hub along with the RASE, CLA, NFU and the Renewable Energy Exchange are supporting the FiT for Farming event.

Agriculture is an energy-intensive business and the need for alternative energy sources has never been greater, both to cut energy bills and carbon emissions.

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme and the upcoming Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is creating tremendous interest from landowners. However, reviewing potential options and deciding upon the most suitable renewable technologies can be a very time-consuming exercise.

The FiTfor FARMING event, supported by the CLA, is designed to provide a time-efficient way for landowners to explore the commercial opportunities from renewable technologies and so short-list potential suppliers.

A programme of workshops and roundtable discussion groups, together with a pre-arranged meetings service, enables attendees to link-up with those who can share relevant experience and resolve specific questions.

• Opening Plenary ~Overview of the UK Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes ~ Eligible installations ~ Tariff Levels ~ Technology Choices ~ Investment Paybacks ~ Planning guidance

• Choice of Workshops ~ Wind Energy ~ Solar Energy ~ Combined Heat & Power ~ Hydroelectric ~ Bio-Energy ~ Anaerobic Digestion ~ Financing Options ~ Planning and Legal Hurdles

• Share Good Practice ~ Farmers who have already embarked on renewable energy projects will be available at informal discussion groups to share their experiences and discuss the challenges.

• Personalised Programmes~ All participants can create their own personal networking programme, focused around their particular interests.

FREEPLACES for Farmers & Landowners participating in order to plan their own renewable energy/heating project. Apply for a free place online at www.FiTforFARMING.com/Midlandsor alternatively telephone Elodie Robertson on 01883 344 799.

FREE places are limited and are now being allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information please see contact details below or visit the website.


Contact: FiT for Farming
Contact number: 01883 344799
Website: www.fitforfarming.com/midlands

Soils Group Event - 24 March 2011

Soil Organic Matter - what's new?
Sponsored by the Environment Agency

Time: 7.00pm
Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park

A talk by Dr Martin Wood, Earthcare Technical Ltd

Martin Wood trained as a soil scientist and lectured at Reading University for 20 years before moving into consultancy. This talk will provide a detailed overview of the main features of soil organic matter, describe the different types of organic materials now available for use on farm and how they can best be used, and consider the importance of organic matter in terms of sustainable crop production and the emerging areas of carbon and energy management.

To book a place, please see contact details below.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Grassland Group Practical Event - 17 March 2011

Improving Grassland Yields - What Can You Practically Do?
Sponsored by the Environment Agency

Time: 10.00am - 2.30pm (lunch provided)
Chris Gardner, Mill Farm, Ashorne, Warwick, CV35 9AA

A practical farming event on how to improve your grass yields by Grassland expert Simon Draper.

Includes:
• Identify what the problems are and why they are limiting grass growth
• How to choose correct machinery to effect change
•How to set the machinery up
• How to decide when the ground is too wet or too dry
• See the machinery inaction AND determine if it is working to achieve the end required
• Identify WHEN it’s time to give up and think about re-seeding
• Determine correct fertiliser and manure use
• How to determine the correct application rate of manures and slurries

If you are interested in participating in this challenge please see details below.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Soils Group Cultivation Challenge - 10 March 2011

Sponsored by the Environment Agency

Time:4.30pm - 6.30pm
Mark Holland, Wootton Hill Farm, Wootton Wawen,
Henley-in-Arden, B95 6BL

Soils group member, Mark Holland has kindly agreed the soils group to use his land to have a cultivation challenge! A field will be split into 3 sections and a section given to each of the following
• the farmer using the process he would normally on his field
• Soil expert Simon Draper
• Soils Group

The same crop will be used but each group decides how it will be cultivated etc using only the machinery at the farmers disposal. The process of the autumn crop will be decided by these groups and followed from beginning to end.

If you are interested in participating in this challenge please see details below.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Green Futures 2011 - 16 February 2011

Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
From 7pm

A must for every farmer! Are you up to date with your form filling? Update yourself on any changes in the regulations that you need to know (covering cross compliance. NVZs, resource protection legislation, livestock ID and record keeping; and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment). Get to grips with any paperwork you may have fallen behind with. These popular evening workshops will, as always, be manned by CLA, NFU, Environment Agency, Natural England and the Hub.

For further details or to book, please see contact details below.

Contact number: 0845 3451302

Certificate of Competence (Test Only): Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by road - 15 February 2011

Peter Buckler Room, ARC, Stoneleigh Park
From 9.30am - 11.00am

Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations required that from the 5 January 2008 transporters of vertebrate animals in connection with an economic activity and market assembly centre staff handling animals are trained in the relevant technical provisions of the Regulation. The purpose of the Lantra Award qualification ‘Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by road’ (accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and approved by Defra) is to enable drivers and attendants using road vehicles for transporting farm animals, birds and horses in connection with an economic activity to meet the requirements of European Council Regulation 1/2005.

To register for the test please contact Jill Salt with the following details:
- Full Name
- Copy of ID passport/driving licence etc (doesn’t have to have photo on it)
- Postcode
- DOB
- Place of Birth

The test is £50 per person, payable by cheque to MWTG / cash or Bacs

Address: 11 Crossfields Rd, Warwick, CV34 5HU

Contact: Jill Salt
Contact number: 01926 495024
Email: jill@warwickshiretraining.co.uk

Warwickshire Soil Group-Farming and the Soil - 8 February 2011

A talk by Soils Expert Robert Evans
Peter Buckler Room, ARC, Stoneleigh Park
Start 7.00pm

The Warwickshire hub Soils Group Chairman, Tom Newbury, met Robert Evans at a Soils Seminar last year and found Robert to be extremely interesting and informative....an ideal candidate to come and talk to our group!

Roberts career in soils has included a lot of work on soil erosion and he has also worked on crop growth and yield. His talk will include:
• The range of soils and their properties, drainage and implications for crop growth and yield.
• Impacts of farming on the soil - decline of organic matter, soil compaction, soil erosion and runoff from the land
• Implications for society - over the short term - diffuse pollution of water, over the long term - loss of soil and productivity.
• Reducing the risk of soil erosion and runoff.

For further details or to book, please see contact details below.

Contact: Jenny Gunnell
Contact number: 02476 858244
Email: jennyg@rase.org.uk

Other Events

Farm Homeopathy Course - 26 September 2017

EARLY BIRD OFFER: - Save £55 off our Autumn Farm Homeopathy Course, bringing the cost to just £295. (Usual price £350). Just enter discount code HAWL55 at the online checkout: hawl.co.uk.

Dates: Day 1: September 26th, - Day 2:October 12th, - Day 3: October 26th
Venue: Broadfield Farm, Cherington Lane, Tetbury, Glos GL8 8SE

HAWL has been established since 2001 and has taught hundreds of farmers and stock-persons, both conventional and organic, how to use homeopathy for their animals. People who come on our courses are generally concerned about antibiotic usage, and/or are looking for credible alternatives to improve health without compromising welfare.


Website: www.hawl.co.uk

Farm Energy Centre Open Day - 26 September 2017

FEC Energy, 10th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2LS
9.00am - 1.00pm

FEC Energy are opening their office on Stoneleigh Park to offer help regarding energy for your business.

How FEC Energy can help you...

FEC Energy is one of the UK's leading energy consultancies. They can help you with buying and selling energy through to securing new connections and upgrades, wayleaves, energy regulation, compliance and energy efficiency. In fact, anything to do with energy.

Bring along a current energy bill that we can use to see if you are getting the best deal, or just pop in for a cup of tea and a piece of cake and meet our team.

Please register your attendance using the link below.



Website: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fec-energy-open-day-tickets-37485789004

Introduction to Conservation - 28 September 2017

10.00 - 12.30
Marton Farm, Marton

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Tree identification - 28 September 2017

1.00pm - 3.00pm
Marton Farn, Marton

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Worcester Harvest Service - 1 October 2017

All are welcome to attend Worcester Cathedral on Sunday 1 October for the County Harvest Service at 6.30pm. The collection during the service will be in aid of the Farming Community Network with refreshments available at the conclusion of the service.

A renewable and energy efficient future - 5 October 2017

Simulation Centre, Technology Park Puma Way Coventry CV1 2TT
9.00am - 1.00pm

Organised by Climate Change Solutions this is a conference showcasing achievements , while working together to maximize the new opportunities for our low carbon , clean energy technology and resource efficiency future. Speakers include Dr Alice Mah, Principal Investigator of Toxic Enterprise at the University of Warwick and Neil Liddell Young, Renewable Energy Manager at Severn Trent.

Delegate fee is £30 and Exhibition fee is £240.

For further information please contact Tony McNally


Contact: Tony McNally
Email: tony@climate-change-solutions.co.uk

Small mammal workshop - Coombe Country Park - 5 October 2017

8.30 - 15.30

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Spoon carving workshop - Ryton Wood - 14 October 2017

9.30 - 16.00

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Veteran Tree Seed Event - 26 October 2017

Coombe Country Park/Ryton Organic

10.00 - 15.00

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Hedgelaying training - Brandon Marsh - 4 November 2017

Second day takes place on Sunday 5 November.

10.00 - 16.00

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Woodcraft Day - Brandon Marsh - 8 November 2017

10.00 - 15.00

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Taster Session: Coppicing - 14 November 2017

Taster Session: Coppicing in Wappenbury Wood
10.30 to 12.30

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Coppicing skills session - Wappenbury Wood - 18 November 2017

10.00 - 15.30

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Great British Landrover Show - 19 November 2017

Held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Website: www.naecstoneleigh.co.uk/

Warwickshire Food and Drink Event - 22 November 2017

Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, Leek Wootton

Warwickshire County Council are hosting a Food and Drink Showcase exhibition which supports our Tourism Framework, enabling partnership work and the ‘Gateways to the Countryside’ scheme across the county of Warwickshire.

The event aims to showcase the quality and vibrancy of the local produce and visitor experiences all in one easy-to reach venue. It will showcase the regional food and drink offer of countywide producers including breweries, cheesemakers and chocolatiers to high quality visitor attractions, independent stockists, supermarkets and hotels. It will encourage businesses to discover and use local suppliers. It will give attendees the opportunity to meet, listen to experts and peers and find out how the county council is engaging with their tourism and food industry.

With a range of professional organisations delivering key note lectures and the opportunity to look at future food and drink trends, this is one day that you cannot afford to miss.

Registration is free to buyers and there is a nominal charge for suppliers who simply wish to visit, whilst those wanting to exhibit will find a range of inexpensive packages available.

For further information please visit the link below.

Website: www.warwick-food-drink.co.uk/

Winter twig workshop - Ryton Pools - 7 December 2017

10.00 - 15.00

A free event organised by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Princethorpe Woodlands Living Landscape 2017 - “An ancient wooded landscape connected by a network of hedgerows, rich in wildlife and accessible to all”.

Please register your attendance.


Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk
Website: www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.co.uk

 

 
 
 
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