Woodland Trust event calls for farmers to respond to Defra Command Paper

Last week I attended an event organised by the Woodland Trust and hosted by Stephen Briggs at his farm in Cambridgeshire. The aim of the afternoon was partly to introduce farmers to the potential for using agroforestry on their farms, partly to discuss the Defra 'Health and Harmony' consultation document and partly to encourage delegates … Continue reading Woodland Trust event calls for farmers to respond to Defra Command Paper

‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 14 – Tom Bradshaw at Fletchers Farm

Tom Bradshaw is a forward thinking arable farmer with diversification key to his overall business. The equestrian yard at his home farm in Essex seems to be just as important to the long-term health of his business as the main arable enterprise which is based on contracting agreements with neighbouring farms. Tom is also a … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 14 – Tom Bradshaw at Fletchers Farm

‘Wheat farming – neonic seeds are bad news for the birds and the bees’ – Guest Post by Sandra Bell

Farmers depend upon nature for a range of free services – from pollination to pest control – but, unbeknown to them, could the seeds they are using be harming the very creatures that they need most? A new report from Friends of the Earth - Farming Wheat without Neonicotinoids - makes the case for neonicotinoid … Continue reading ‘Wheat farming – neonic seeds are bad news for the birds and the bees’ – Guest Post by Sandra Bell

‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 3. David Lord & Earls Hall Farm

Earls Hall Farm is an arable farm near Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. It is farmed by the Lord and Hunt families and in this episode of Meet the Farmers I spoke to David Lord. David is an advocate of no-till (non inversion tillage) and so I specifically wanted to talk to him about the way he manages … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 3. David Lord & Earls Hall Farm