Sustainable Farming Groups

Helping farmers to move forward to ELMS and achieve net zero

Arden Farm Wildlife Network

In 2018 Natural England funded the establishment of a network which would offer support to farmers in the Arden area of Warwickshire to help them make simple changes to their land management practices in order to increase the coverage of wild bird and pollinator habitat.  Warwickshire Wildlife Trust worked in partnership with independent environmental adviser, Zoe Bell, to grow the network to its current membership of 45 farmers covering 9,500 hectares.  By operating at a landscape scale the Arden Farm Wildlife network delivers multi-environment benefits including biodiversity net gain, healthier soils, improved water quality and profitable sustainable farming.  Regular events are organised for members.

If you farm in the Arden area of Warwickshire and would like support with environmental schemes, improving the wildlife value of your farm with low cost measures and advice about sustainable farming methods then please contact Zoe Bell.  The network is free to join.  Members do not have to be in an agri-environment scheme but must have an Single Business Identifier.

Next event

6 October 2022 – 9.30am – How woodland grants can benefit your business
Book your place with Jane on

Sustainable Farming Groups

Due to the success of Arden Farm Wildlife Network the Warwickshire Rural Hub has worked with Zoe Bell to establish two further farmer groups in Warwickshire – covering the Upper Avon and Leam Catchment and South Warwickshire.

These sustainable farming groups are farmer-led and:


  • support on-farm environmental work
  • increase farmer knowledge to allow them manage habitats to the best of their abilities
  • help farmers access further funding to engage in landscape scale conservation projects e.g. hay meadow restoration.
  • help farmers with the transition of phasing out of BPS and into ELMS
  • support farmers with contributing to the target of achieving net zero agriculture
  • offer one stop shop signposting to advice and funding available for the environment

The April 2022 newsletter for members of all 3 sustainable farming groups is available for download below.

Sustainable Farming Groups Newsletter April 2022

South Warwickshire sustainable farming group

Upton Estate was the location for the launch of the South Warwickshire group in June 2021.  Twenty five farmers from the area enjoyed a tour of the estate when we heard all about the sustainable farming methods they have adopted due to their involvement in the ASSIST project and the work they have undertaken as part of Countryside Stewardship. The group is led by south Warwickshire farmer’s daughter, Kirsty Righton.   Member events have seen us welcome Richard Wordsworth of the NFU to provide information about the new Sustainable Farming Incentive and James Brown of Brown and Co in Banbury who ran a Countryside Stewardship workshop. If you farm south of the A46 and west of the M40 and are interested in joining this free group please contact Jane on

Next event 6 October 2022 – 9.30am – How woodland grants can benefit your business Book your place with Jane on 

Upper Avon and Leam Catchment Sustainable Farming Group

The third sustainable farming group was launched on 12 October 2021 in Weston under Wetherley, by kind permission of Alistair MacGregor.  Twenty two farmers viewed the environmental work undertaken on Weston Hall Farm before discussing their support requirements.

Alys Routley of the Severn Rivers Trust is the Co-ordinator for the group.  Events organised so far include an inspiring presentation by Herefordshire farmer, Ben Taylor Davies, aka RegenBen, on regenerative farming which left members with a range of innovative ideas to consider for their own farm.

If you farm north of the M40 and east of the A46 and would like to join the mailing list to hear about future meetings please contact Jane on 

Next event
6 October 2022 – 9.30am – How woodland grants can benefit your business
Book your place with Jane on 

Would you Like to

Donate to the Hub?



A donation to the Rural Hub of any amount is always gratefully received. However, only donations of over £100 can be acknowledged on our Hub Supporter's page.  A donation can be paid by cheque, BACS, standing order or by the Paypal link below.  If you would like our bank details please contact the Co-ordinator on 



Contact Us

The Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC
2 Church Street, Marton, Rugby CV23 9RL

Tel: 07780 159291

Company Registration No: 7026157
Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA






Rural Hub


Jane Hampson

Tel: 07780 159291





Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Karen Ellis (Chair)
Amy Brant
Rosemary Collier
Emlyn Evans
Ian Jelley
Henry Lucas
Marion Perrett Pearson
Alexandra Robinson










Environmental Steering Group Members

Zoe Bell (Chair)
Tony Beysens
Meehal Grint, Kings Seeds
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
David Ruddock, Middlemarch Environmental
Louis Phipps, Bragborough Estate
Zoe Burrows, Rookery Farm




The Warwickshire Rural Hub accepts no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from any action taken in reliance on the information contained on this website.

© 2018 Warwickshire Rural Hub. All rights reserved.