Catch up on recordings of Rural Hub webinars

“I have watched some of your webinars and find them a helpful development,

as they do not require a strong broadband connection” – Rural Hub member

An interview with Thomas Maynard, Manager at Home Farm, Hatton Estate

Winner of the Forsyth Lapwing Trophy for 2019

Recorded on Thursday 13 August 2020
8 minutes in duration
Kindly filmed by the award sponsors, Syngenta

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we were unable to hold a farm walk and barbeque on the farm that won the Forsyth Lapwing Trophy for 2019; Home Farm, Hatton Estate.  The award recognises the successful integration of commercial agriculture with conservation on a Warwickshire farm.  Fortunately the award sponsors, Syngenta, were on hand to film an interview with the Farm Manager, Thomas Maynard, and provide some aerial shots of part of the farm.  This short video explains why Thomas was selected as the winner of the award for 2019.  Our thanks go to Belinda Bailey, UK Sustainable Farming Manager at Syngenta, for acting as interviewer, Joe Bagshaw of Syngenta for acting as producer, director and editor and Thomas Maynard for sparing the time to be interviewed.  The video is available to view on the Rural Hub’s YouTube channel.


Recorded on Friday 16 October 2020

60 minutes in duration

Organised with our business supporter, Lodders solicitors 

Hosted by our Business Supporter, Lodders, this webinar provides information for those caring for elderly or vulnerable loved ones, as well as those who work and specialise in the care sector.

Dr Tarun Kuruvilla, a consultant in old age psychiatry, discusses how dementia presents in individuals, which types of dementia affect which parts of the brain, and how to improve quality of life for people diagnosed with dementia.

Sue Quinn from Grace Care Consulting, outlines how to identify care needs for an elderly or vulnerable relative or family friend, and the pros and cons of various care options. 

Sofia Tayton, partner in Lodders Care & Capacity team, discusses the court of protection, powers of attorney, and what happens if things go wrong in these processes.


Recorded on Thursday 9 July 2020

45 minutes in duration

Organised with our business supporter, Lodders solicitors 

The most common model for a farming business is a partnership.  However, as most farming businesses are family enterprises the need for a formal partnership document is often overlooked.  In this webinar, chaired by Henry Lucas of the Rural Hub:

John Rouse, Partner and estate planning specialist at Lodders discusses the importance of considering the futures prospects of your farming business and how the next generation is going to form part of that plan;

James Spreckley, head of their Agricultural Law team, discusses the benefits of a properly drawn up partnership agreement and why they should not be overlooked in modern day agriculture.

Following their presentations John and James answer a range of questions.  Thanks go to Lodders for organising and recording the webinar.


Recorded on 18 August 2020
52 minutes in duration
Lodders Solicitors LLP/Roadnight Taylor 

Expert speakers, Alastair Frew, partner in Lodders’ Real Estate and Renewables teams, and Hugh Taylor, CEO of the independent power and energy consultancy, Roadnight Taylor, offer useful pointers covering a variety of renewable energy solutions; from solar farms to battery storage units, AD plants to wind turbines, and the building of gas reserve generators.  The talks provide insights and advice on a range of renewable energy legal issues, the implications of installing them and the crucial connection between your land and the National Grid.

Other webinars from Lodders

Lodders organise webinars on a variety of subjects which would be of interest to farmers, landowners and business owners.  Recordings of webinars are available on the following subjects:

Family Investment Companies – an acceptable alternative to Trusts?

How can you solve a right of way dispute?

The Biodiversity Jigsaw

Visit this page for a full list of recordings of webinars organised in 2021 and 2020.

Help and Support for small businesses in Warwickshire

Recorded on 7 September 2020
49 minutes in duration 
Federation of Small Businesses

Hosted by the Warwickshire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses Councillor Izzy Seccombe from Warwickshire County Council speaks about local economy recovery post Covid-19 and the support available to businesses and start-ups across Warwickshire. The webinar also features Mike Cherry, National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses.


Webinars from Championing the Farmed Environment

CFE is a partnership of agricultural, environmental and governmental bodies, promoting good environmental management through productive farming practices.  They have recorded a series of virtual workshops on the following subjects:

Hedges for Pollinators and Carbon
Climate Resilient Farming
Environmental Seed Mixes and IPM
An Introduction to Farm Carbon Calculators
Trees, Carbon and Climate Change
Soils, Water, Wildlife and Profit

Please visit this page to view the webinars which vary in length from 50 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes.  


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Henry Lucas (Chair)
Rosemary Collier
Amy Brant
Karen Ellis
Marion Perrett Pearson
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson




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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




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