Members events

Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021

This online conference is taking place over 3 days with morning and early evening sessions. Keynote speakers include Barry Gardiner MP, Tine Christiansen (European Environment Agency) and Tony Juniper (Chair, Natural England). Topics of discussion will include; soil carbon storage, natural flood management, strategic floodplain meadow restoration and many more. More information about the event and how to purchase tickets can… Read more →

Better together: how facilitation groups are transforming nature recovery

A discussion on how the collaborative approach adopted by Farmer Facilitation Groups around the country is leading to impressive results on the ground. Natural England’s Brian McDonald, Manager of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund, will begin by sharing some of the wide-ranging achievements of the 136 groups in tackling the biodiversity and climate crisis, and will put forward the case… Read more →

Biological Pathways to Carbon-Rich Soils

In her presentation, Dr Christine Jones will explain how the influence of plant root exudates on soil structure and function can be enhanced by the adoption of management practices such as the establishment of species-rich plant communities, the adoption of appropriate grazing management and the use of biostimulants. Register for this talk here: Read more →

Hedge laying event

A 2 day training event run by Martin Hales for those wanting to learn hedge laying techniques. You will get practical experience of hedge laying with all tools supplied. Cost for a weekend of training £60 for Colwall Orchard Group or Herefordshire Meadows members or £80 for non-members. Numbers limited to 8 participants to ensure individual tuition. Time:  Saturday and… Read more →

Enhancing Ecosystems at Any Scale

Join us to hear from three land managers who represent a range of farming scales and systems, each making efforts to deliver for wildlife and water within their farm boundaries but utilising very different approaches. –          Charlie Burrell owns Knepp Estate in Sussex, famous for its wilding approach. –          Steve Klenk is farm manager at Garnstone Farms where efforts to… Read more →


This very practical course allows you to learn and practice the traditional craft of hedge laying using hand tools to produce a stock proof, environmentally friendly and sustainable field boundary.  Martin Hales has many years’ experience in environmental training and woodland management including running successful hedge laying courses at Holme Lacy College. Course Content also includes: History of hedge laying … Read more →