Caroline Hanks

Russ Carrington on Opportunities for Transition to Profitable Livestock Farming

Russ Carrington is a regenerative farming and supply chain consultant, and coordinator of the Global Grassfed Alliance. He was formerly at the helm of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association in the UK and tirelessly promotes the benefits of regenerative agriculture for animals, farmers and consumers.   He also sits on a European Focus Group for Sustainable Beef and holds various roles across the… Read more →

DEFRA Feedback to Herefordshire Meadows on ELM co-design workshop

Defra will be hosting 2 feedback sessions for participants of the Facilitation Fund Round 4 Co-design workshops, including the workshop for Herefordshire Meadows members in October 2020.  This session will address questions previously placed on the ‘Park It’ board, and provide an update as to how discussions have influenced Policy thinking. In order to accommodate as many farmers and land… Read more →

Agroforestry from a farmer’s point of view – new guidance and local research project

There is new guidance about Agroforestry and the Basic Payment Scheme This includes an explanation and examples of some agroforestry options that are compatible with the Basic Payment Scheme   We have been contacted by a student from UWE who a is asking Are you a local farmer? An MSc Environmental Management student from Herefordshire is looking to interview local… Read more →

Networks for Nature: Supporting Collaborative Farming

Ann Cantrell who works with White Peak Farmers in Staffs and Churnet Valley Farmers is supporting collaboration between different facilitation groups across England. The aim of the project, ‘Networks for Nature: Supporting Collaborative Farming’ is to bring members of different facilitation groups together to share experiences, discuss environmental goals and build stronger relationships for the future. The project is funded with… Read more →

Positive steps for the future – mapping your meadows

Planning a mid-tier application with grassland management options? Thinking ahead for future schemes?  Action now could help you quality for the higher mid-tier payment rate, GS6 Management of Species Rich Grassland, one of the options available to support priority habitats and species and which requires endorsement and written approval from Natural England.  It might also ensure eligibility in future schemes… Read more →

Meadow Restoration One Year On

Thanks to everyone who joined us this week to see the progress of meadow restoration one year on. Many thanks to Hilary Hillier who kindly showed us around her lovely meadows at Bythan, and particularly the meadow she enhanced a year ago with seed from Plantlife’s Joan’s Hill reserve as part of the 2019 NRN pilot . It was great to… Read more →

Can Sheep Be Regenerative?

Herefordshire Meadows member Rich Thomas is starting to bring regenerative approaches to the farm and is currently trialling the best approaches when grazing sheep and cattle together. This podcast explores his experience of regenerative agriculture whilst working with herbal and diverse swords. If you missed this podcast here’s the link: ReGenAg Chat Ep. 7 with Rich Thomas on Can Sheep… Read more →