Braydon Forest Farm Cluster

Great news! Our application to fund our group has been accepted!
 
The RPA have granted a three year agreement to fund the Braydon Forest Farmers group.  The agreement begins in June and will allow us to hold our programme of speakers, events and visits on the farmed environment and how we can align farming business to payments available.
 
We are now developing the plan and looking at a starting point for the events. Please send your suggestions in if you have any ideas. This is your group!
 
If you are not part of our Braydon Forest Farm Cluster and would like to be, please do not hesitate to be in touch. 
 

Our first events are listed below, please save the date and book your place.

Thursday 9th June: A countryside Stewardship and Sustainable Farming Incentive Drop in.

2 – 5pm at Sundey Hill Farm.

Our facilitator Edward, and additional experts, Stuart Milsom from Moore Allen and Innocent, Roz Garner and Ellen Fake, Catchment Sensitive Farming Officers, will be on hand to answer any technical questions you may have. Please send in any specific questions you may have in advance.

Friday 8th July: Managing permanent pasture for production, payments, and pollinators.

At Lower Moor Farm

Time 11-3pm TBC

Join us at the WWT magnificence meadow at Lower Moor Farm to look at:

Meadow management, environmental gain, and financial reward. We will be joined by Janie Dear from Luckington who will share her story of her grass-fed beef. We will round off with a beer and burger – booking essential for catering.

August: Hedgerows 

Time and date TBC

We have invited hedge expert Nigel Adams to speak to us about hedges ahead of the cutting season. He will discuss, landscape connects, linking woodland, creating and enhancing habitats.

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Managing permanent pasture for production, pollinators and payments.

The first event of the Braydon Forest Farmers attracted an enthusiastic group of farmers to consider grassland management for production, biodiversity and profit. We visited the Lower Moor Farm in Oaksey  and walked through beautiful wildflower meadows that are designated SSIs. The farmer Jonathan Clarke described his new approach to grazing and to cutting, in line with biodiversity priorities that were explained by the reserves manager, Nick Self. Many farmers enjoyed the beautiful fields and left thinking about how they might include some of the ideas on their farms. We also heard from Janie Dear about her grassfed beef business at Luckington Farm. Janie has pioneered grassfed production locally and explained how mob grazing works and some of the fencing and management skills needed to achieve it. A lot of practical knowledge was shared between participants and the session ended with a BBQ where we could try Luckington Farm produce.  
 
The next event will be on Hedgerow Maintenance on Thursday 1 September. We are fortunate that Nigel Adams will be giving a talk. Nigel is Vice Chairman of the National Hedgelaying Society and a member of Hedgelink the steering group for national hedgerow policy. He is currently involved in a five year research project looking at different aspects of hedgerow management. The day will start here at Sundey Hill Farm with a presentation on maintenance techniques including regional hedge-laying traditions and their modern relevance and will then go out on farm to consider the best options for Braydon Forest Farmers. The next step is to gain recognition for the incredible hedgerow network that characterizes the Braydon Forest area and connects farms across 11,000 hectares.   

Contact

Sundey Hill Farm
Brinkworth
Wiltshire
SN15 5AS

Tel: 01666 510 327

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