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
I haven't made it to the NFU Conference this year, but thanks to the wonders of youtube I was at least able to catch outgoing NFU President Meurig Raymond's speech and Defra Secretary Michael Gove's speech (thanks @NFUtube!). You can of course read the full speech from the Secretary of State here. Here is a brief … Continue reading ‘Health, Beauty and Permanence’ – Reflections on Michael Gove’s NFU Conference speech
Sunday afternoon has arrived and I've finally been able to sit down to settle into writing a blog post. I can't quite believe how quickly this winter has been ticking along and although I'm quite far through my list of winter tasks on the farm the end isn't quite in sight. Last week there was … Continue reading Quick Report on Sentry Conference and general catch up post
This special podcast episode was recorded at the Oxford Real Farming Conference last week. The podcast offers a flavour of this year's conference and includes interviews and short clips from sessions including the Q&A with Defra Secretary Michael Gove, led by Zac Goldsmith MP. Thank you to everybody who spoke to me including: Kath Dalmeny, Miles … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 13 – Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018
Around 800 people descended on Oxford Town Hall yesterday morning to attend the 9th Oxford Real Farming Conference. This is my third time attending the event, but it feels just as exciting and in many ways just as groundbreaking as my first a few years ago. This year the ORFC is focusing on four distinct … Continue reading First day of #ORFC18
Happy new year to you all! I hope that your celebrations, no matter where you were in the world on New Year's Eve, were full of hope and joy to welcome the new year in. The turning of the year is always an opportunity to reframe things in your mind, set plans for the year … Continue reading A new year and another Oxford Trip
Fifteen months ago an idea came into my head. Wouldn't it be brilliant if some of the young farmers and conservationists who are just starting out in their careers could come together at an event to learn from each other, talk with each other and build connections. After all, as individual organisations and networks Young … Continue reading The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together
At the Birdfair in 2016 a plan for an event was formed and tomorrow it will finally become reality. For the first time members of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and A Focus on Nature, the UK youth conservation network, will come together to learn about conservation on farmland today and discuss the … Continue reading #farmenviro30
I visited the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells, Powys last month. Here's my take on the show, as part of the Meet the Farmers podcast series, with a particular focus on young farmers and younger handlers. I find out what it's like to live in rural Wales as a young person.
If you want to understand a subject you must learn to see it from different perspectives. This is particularly true of land use, a topic in which there are as many viewpoints as you can possibly imagine. It's why I am trying (and there's a lifetime ahead to learn) to understand both farming and conservation … Continue reading Don’t sit by; work with farmers to help birds.