Events

Farmers viewing wild bird seed mix on a recent farm walk.

Each year FWAG East holds a number of informative local workshops, talks and farm walks for farmers and land managers with topics ranging from resource protection to establishing successful conservation measures. At the events, our advisers are readily available to chat one-to-one and offer advice. And there’s usually some welcome refreshment on offer to boot!

Please check below for upcoming events or consider joining FWAG East for discounted invitations and regular updates from us.

FREE CFE SOIL HEALTH WORKSHOP – LESS IS MORE!

Guest speaker, Andrew Howard farmer and Nuffield Scholar, farms a mixed arable in Kent. His whole philosophy revolves around improving soil health and he has a diverse rotation which includes cover crops, companion cropping and intercropping to try and eliminate monocultures from his farm system. His cover crops are grazed by (somebody else’s) sheep but he thinks that livestock are still not integrated anywhere near enough on the farm.

His vision is to change from an input-intensive farm to a knowledge and management intensive-farm, and he has reduced his fertiliser and pesticide inputs on farm by 40% whilst retaining his yields.

Andrew will be talking about his farming system and the issues that arise including no-till on heavy ground in wet years, which cover crops to use and the complex issues of companion cropping and intercropping.

Wednesday 27th November 2019, 10am – 1pm, Tuffon Hall Vineyard, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3LL

By kind permission of Angus and Pod Crowther. Speakers Andrew Howard, Catchment Sensitive Farming, FWAG East. The farm is in its second year of Countryside Stewardship and includes options such as sprayer filling area, bio filters, rainwater harvesting and yard concreting alongside managing areas for wildlife.

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 10am – 1pm, Brewery Farm, Norwich Road, Little Stonham, Suffolk, IP14 5DL

By kind permission of Graham Denny. Speakers Andrew Howard, Anglian Water, FWAG East. Graham Denny, farmer and award winning conservationist, is in his first year of Countryside Stewardship, protecting water and providing a range of options to benefit wildlife, particularly farmland birds. He is also involved in the Results-Based Agri-environment Payment Scheme pilot study for the new ELMS scheme.

FREE LUNCH – BASIS & NRoSO Points – Bring suitable outdoor clothing & footwear

To book onto to either of these events email emily.stacey@fwageast.org.uk or call 01223 841507.

FREE Technical Workshop on the Benefits of Herbal Leys

Wednesday 11th December, 9.30am – 1.00pm, Barkway Community Room, Barkway, Herts, SG8 8BS

Join FWAG East and Affinity Water in finding out what herbal leys are all about!

Ian Wilkinson, Farmer & Adviser, will be here to talk about the trials that are being undertaken at the Cotswold Seeds’ research farm. Ian will also talk about the benefits of herbal leys and give advice on how to manage them to boost the benefits.

Affinity Water will give a local water quality update and talk about the landscape-scale projects being run to tackle groundwater nitrate issues.

FWAG East will talk about the cover crop trial that is being delivered in partnership with Affinity Water and there will be a tour of the cover crop trial at the Cokenach Estate, Barkway.

Lunch provided. BASIS & NRoSO points available.

If you would like to attend this event please email emily.stacey@fwageast.org.uk or call the FWAG East Team on 01223 841507.

FWAG East is part of the FWAG Association: www.fwag.org.uk. FWAG East CIC is a limited company registered in England. Registered No: 08776388. Thanks to Chris Loades for images: http://chrisloades.webs.com/