Sustainable Farming Groups
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 SBI/Single Business Identifier.
Sustainable Farming Groups
Due to the success of Arden Farm Wildlife Network the Warwickshire Rural Hub is currently working with Zoe Bell to establish two further farmer groups in Warwickshire – the second covering the Upper Avon and Leam Catchment and the third covering south Warwickshire.
These new sustainable farming groups will be farmer-led and will:
- 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
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.
Our first group meeting is on 21 October at 6.00pm in Tysoe when we will discuss what type of support farmer members would like to receive before hearing more information about the Sustainable Farming Incentive.
If you farm south of the A46 and west of the M40 and are interested in joining this free group please contact Jane on email@example.com.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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