Upcoming events

Long Term Rush Control Roadshow

Wednesday 14th February 2018, Tarbert, Argyll

Thursday 15th February 2018, Thurso, Caithness

Friday 16th February 2018, Strathspey


Soil Association Scotland event

Soft rush infestation is a problem for many land managers that is worsening as the climate changes. Rushes can take over grass/clover swards, with knock-on effects for livestock productivity and profit margins. A variety of management practices can be used; this session will explore several of them in a range of situations, in order to identify how to effectively manage rushes in the long-term.

Lunch is included and tickets must be booked in advance.

Book online or contact

Balancing profitable farming with conservation

28 February 2018

18:30 - 21.00

CFE event

Maplebeck Village Hall, Main Street, Maplebeck, NG22 0BS

An evening talk with CFE and Marek Nowakowski, Wildlife Farming Company.

Marek’s career has included working for the Weed Research Organisation, game keeping and agronomy before co-founding the Wildlife Farming Company. Marek’s job involves researching into farmland wildlife habitat creation, drawing on scientific findings to influence policy. Marek’s passion for combining practical profitable farming with conservation is well recognised and this promises to be an interesting meeting on a topic of increasing importance.

A FREE pie and peas supper will follow the talk.

Booking is essential. To book, contact Lesley Sharpe on 07707 220121 or or book online here.


Managing Soils and Watercourse Protection

22 March 2018

10:30 - 13:30

CFE event

Weston Lodge Farm, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8JY by kind permission of David Down & Partners

A practical workshop to look at mechanical and cultural options to improve your soils and reduce run-off

This workshop will cover:

  • Identifying and the remediation of compaction, improving soil biology and nutrient cycling, improving soil resilience to extremes of weather
  • Cross Compliance for soils and water
  • Overview of the new 2018 ‘Farming Rules for Water'
  • Grant funding and CSF support

Speakers to include:

  • Jo Oborn - FWAG SW Regional Soils Specialist
  • Mark Smith – CFE
  • Lucy James – CSF Officer
  • Bernie D’Arcy – Avon Wildlife Trust

Booking is essential. To book a place please call 01823 660684 or email Alternatively, you can book online here.

Woods, Worms and Wheat- Helpringham, Lincs

21 Feb 2018

10:15 - 14.30

CFE event

Helpringham Village Hall, 11 George Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 0RS

Exploring ways to protect and improve water quality, soil health and structure.

We’ll cover Greening requirements and cross compliance in 2018, yard improvements, measures to protect watercourses from pesticides, tree shelter belts, and how to address problems with soil structure.

There will be presentations from a variety of speakers in the morning, followed by a farm walk after lunch.

Lunch provided and BASIS points applied for.

Book your place here or contact Lesley Sharpe, CFE co-ordinator and event organiser on 07707 220121.

Making more of your hedges

21 March 2018

10:15 - 15:00

CFE event

Worcestershire Young Farmers’ Club, Shires Farm, Hawford, Worcester, WR3 7SG

Farmers and landowners are crucial to the health of hedgerows. Correct hedgerow management increases biodiversity and can benefit the farm business by providing access to income streams.

There will also be a farm walk at the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Smite Farm, Smite Ln, Hindlip, Worcester WR3 8SZ.

Hedge coppicing machinery will be on site (courtesy of RMS Services Worcester).

Speakers will include Nigel Baskerville (CFE), Rob Wolton (Hedgelink), Emma Bird (Woodland Trust), Caroline Corsie (Wildlife Trust), Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer James Griffiths (Natural England).

To book your place, book here or leave a message on the CFE booking line on 02476 858 897.

Water and Wildlife

21 Feb 2018

11:00 - 14:00

CFE event

Rowsley Village Hall, Derbyshire, DE4 2EE.

Free farm walk focusing on water and wildlife. We will look at how grant funding can help you create and protect features and better manage water on your farm.

After lunch, there will be a farm walk at Wye Farm DE4 2EB, by kind permission of Mr Michael Burnett.

Speakers will include CFE, Severn Trent Water, and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Please note that the event end time is approximate.

Book here or email Derbyshire CFE Co-ordinator, Chloe Palmer to reserve a place.




The Business Benefits of Biodiversity

22 Mar 2018 09:30 - 14:00

Juddwood Farm, Bidborough, Tonbridge TN11 8AB (nr. A21/A26)

Free event demonstrating the benefits to wildlife of coppice management of hedges and trees, and their value in providing timber for fuel and fencing

Includes a machinery demonstration by Nick Dinsdale of NCD Equipment of coppicing with tree shears.

Contributors include:

  • Matthew Woodcock, Forestry Commission - woodland management, markets and grants
  • James Woodward, Natural England - the water and biodiversity hedge project, and CS boundaries grants
  • Caroline Lingham, West Kent LEADER – LEADER grants for farmers and foresters
  • Paul Cobb, Campaign for the Farmed Environment – Farming, CFE and the Future
  • Nick Dinsdale, NCD Equipment - the use and benefits of the tree shears

Lunch will be provided, BASIS points applied for.

Booking essential. Please book online here or leave a message on the CFE booking line 024 76858897.