‘Health, Beauty and Permanence’ – Reflections on Michael Gove’s NFU Conference speech

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

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‘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

Countryside Stewardship field update

I promised that I would give you updates regarding progress of our higher tier countryside stewardship scheme which started a few weeks ago. It runs until December 2022 and we are receiving payment for undertaking works for conservation on the farm through Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy. The scheme consists of a range … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship field update

Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

It was with great relief when I opened the envelope from Natural England and read that the farm's application for a new higher tier countryside stewardship scheme has been successful. It will begin in January next year and go through until December 2022. For our farm, conservation management is not only important for the wildlife … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together

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

Keep Farm Safety in the Spotlight

Farm Safety Week might have been last week, but it's important to make sure it remains in the spotlight. Farm Safety Week  is an initiative originally launched back in 2013 to raise awareness of the fact that agriculture has the poorest record when it comes to workplace fatalities. The farming environment is full of risks … Continue reading Keep Farm Safety in the Spotlight