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 Warwickshire Rural Hub Environmental Farming Award 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 Rural Hub Environmental Farming Award 

Sponsored by Syngenta, the Rural Hub Environmental Farming Award recognises conservation work 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 receives a certificate and barn owl box and is also awarded a £100 voucher for seed mixes from Syngenta.

The 2019 winner of the award is Thomas Maynard of Hatton Farms Ltd.  Visit our Rural Hub News page for the full story.   A video of part of the farm and an interview with Thomas can be viewed on our Webinars page.    The 2020 competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Entries to the 2021 award have now closed.  The winner will be announced at an event in the summer.


The Rural Hub Environmental Farming Group organises several free events for members during the year.  Currently all events for 2021 are being held virtually due to Government advice on non-essential social interaction following the Coronavirus outbreak.   We aim to re-commence our outside events after 21 June 2021.  Watch this space for dates and locations of summer farm walks.








Arden Farm Wildlife Network 

Formed in 2018 with funding from Natural England the Network offers 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.    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 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.

Due to the success of the scheme in 2021 two further networks are being established in Warwickshire – the second covering the Upper Avon and Leam Catchment, funded by the Environment Agency, and the third in south of the county.  Zoe Bell is recruiting farmer members for both networks so contact her if you are interested in hearing more.  

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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Jane Hampson
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Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Chair)
Graham Collier (Deputy Chair)
Rosemary Collier
Amy Brant
Karen Ellis
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson



Hub Steering Group Members

George Bostock, NFU
Andrew Cook, Farmer
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Emlyn Evans, Squab Hall
Marcus Faulkner, Sheldon Bosley Knight
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds



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