Environmental Farming

All the news from the Rural Hub Environmental Farming Group

The Rural Hub recognises that conservation makes good business sense, as well as being good for the environment.  We have an Environmental Farming Group which meets three times a year to discuss events, organise the Forsyth Lapwing Trophy for on-farm conservation and liaise with members of the Warwickshire Championing the Farmed Environment Group.

The current Chair of the group is Zoe Bell.   We are always looking for new farmer members so if you are interested in joining the group please email the Hub Co-ordinator, Jane Hampson, on info@ruralhub.org.uk

The Forsyth Lapwing Trophy

Sponsored by Syngenta, the Forsyth Lapwing Trophy recognises on-farm conservation alongside farming activities on a commercial Warwickshire farm.  The competition is launched in March each year and following an on-farm judging tour the winner is announced in early July.  The winner retains the Forsyth Lapwing Trophy for one year and also receives a voucher for seed mixes from Syngenta.

The 2019 winner of the trophy is Thomas Maynard of Hatton Farms Ltd.  Visit our Rural Hub News page for the full story.  

The 2020 award will be launched next March.


The Rural Hub Environmental Farming Group organises several free events for members during the year.  Take a look at our current events:

12 November – Habitats for Hedgehogs – Gate Farm, Fen End, Kenilworth – 10.30am – 12.30pm

19 November – Soil Compaction and Natural Flood Management –  FIllongley Scout Hut – 10.00am – 2.00pm inc lunch






Arden Farm Wildlife Network  

Do you farm in the Arden area of Warwickshire?  There is support available to help you make simple changes to your land management practices in order to increase the coverage of wild bird and pollinator habitat.    By operating at a landscape scale the Arden Farm Wildlife network will deliver 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 and would like to find out more about the Network please contact Zoe Bell.   Project members do not have to be in an Agri-environment scheme but must have an SBI/Single Business Identifier.

Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE)

Championing the Farmed Environment, previously known as Campaign for the Farmed Environment, is a partnership which supports farmers to deliver environmental benefits within a productive farm business. They provide guidance and support to allow more farmers to manage their land in a way which works for their business and the environment and promote and celebrate the work that many farmers already do to sustain and improve the natural environmental on their farm.  CFE is the only partnership project of its kind and is supported by many organisations committed to both agriculture and the environment.   Members of the Warwickshire CFE Liaison Group also attend Rural Hub Environmental Farming Steering Group meetings.  

Nature Friendly Farming Network

Farmers who want to champion a way of farming which is sustainable and good for nature have come together to form the Nature Friendly Farming Network. The farmers come from a range of backgrounds big and small, organic and conventional, but all of them are passionate about ensuring our countryside is productive and bursting with wildlife.  The network is open to farmers and the public alike and there is no cost to join.  You can find out more about the Network here.

Farm Wildlife 

The Farm Wildlife website provides best practice guidance on how to help wildlife on farmland, developed by a partnership of some of the UK’s leading conservation organisations.

Farm Clusters

Farmers do a lot for Britain’s rural environment, but there is only so much that an individual, acting in isolation, can do on his or her own farm. By working together, helped by a Conservation Advisor, farmers and land managers can work more cohesively together in their locality, enabling them to collectively deliver greater benefits for soil, water and wildlife at a landscape scale. The Farm Clusters website gives further advice and information.  

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Donate to the Hub?

A donation to the Hub of any amount is always gratefully received. However, it is only donations of over £100 that can be acknowledged on the Hub website as a Champion.  A donation can be given to the Hub by cheque, bank payment, standing order or by the Paypal Link Below.

Contact Us

The Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC
c/o Pleasance Farm

Email: info@ruralhub.org.uk

Registration No: 7026157

Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA

Hub Chairman

Henry Lucas
E: henrylucas76@gmail.com

Rural Hub Co-ordinator

Jane Hampson
E: info@ruralhub.org.uk

Tel: 07780 159291

Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton

Hub Steering Group Members

Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Lewis, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Mark Meadows, Tithe Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Chris Tallis, Tallis Amos Group
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King’s Seeds
John Slee, Abbey Farm


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