Caroline Hanks

Small scale grazing strategies

A great afternoon at Brookmead, Colwall was the venue for a discussion on Small Scale Grazing Strategies hosted by Lindsay and Jane Williams. With further thanks to James Hawkins and Sue Holland for their contributions and to Colwall Orchard Group who hired us their fabulous shed. Introduction to holistic rotational grazing was based on Pen Rashbass’ Hebridean flock in Derbyshire and the… Read more →

Big Farm Bird Count results are in

63 Herefordshire farmers took part in this years count in February and the results make interesting reading. Only Norfolk and Suffolk sent in more records than Herefordshire and this was great work on the part of Go Wild in the Curl and Herefordshire Meadows Group members. Thanks to all involved. Please do send us any interesting sightings from your survey… Read more →

Curlew Country video

You might like to watch this short film at https://vimeo.com/302684414 It was made last year by a film student who was “embedded” with the Curlew Country project team in Shropshire and it gives a very nice overview of the problems facing lowland Curlews and the work Curlew Country have been doing to help them. A group has been established in Herefordshire… Read more →

More ways to provide for pollinators in the farm landscape – Environmental Seed Offers for 2019

For advice and guidance on making wildflower meadows and diverse swards please go to our INFORMATION and RESOURCES pages at www.herefordshiremeadows.org.uk As well as creating or restoring wildflower meadows most farms offer the opportunity to make other habitats for pollinators and birds. This can be done with commercial seed mixes and you can take advantage of the return of the… Read more →

Grassland for sale in Woolhope

4.68 acres of grassland with conservation grazing potential in Woolhope is up for sale with the tender closing date 24.04.19. Full details are available in the particulars and in a summary document written by Mark July, a local resident who can be contacted for more information and the tender documents at mark.july27@btinternet.com 01531 670374 – day and evening Read more →

Swards for the Future

Over 80 people attended Herefordshire Meadows Forum to hear a range of speakers on the subject of Swards for the Future. This was a wonderfully positive day focussing on why and how we can manage diverse swards on farms and smallholdings. Herefordshire Meadows Group members Lucinda Lewis and Julian Partridge talked about the steps they are taking on their farms,… Read more →

Countryside Stewardship now open for new applications

Applications for Countryside Stewardship Schemes including Mid-Tier, Higher Tier, Wildlife Offers, Hedgerows & Boundaries, all opened on 18th February 2019. Because options for flower rich grassland such as GS6 need endorsement and these fields must be on the priority habitat maps we have written a guidance note for Herefordshire Meadows members. Please ask for advice on how to get the… Read more →

Hedge laying weekend course in the sun

February 23 and 24 saw Herefordshire Meadows members learning the art of hedge laying under instruction from Martin Hales at Sollers Hope. Fiona Fyshe was having a hedge laid on the farm and kindly arranged this training weekend. The weather was unseasonably warm for hedge laying – but great fun was had by all. Everyone learned to pleach having received… Read more →