Soil Management and Resilience Workshops for Farmers

Date of presentations

18 March 2015


Robert Kynaston, Farming Advice Service Philip Wright, Wrights Associates Ltd Alan Carr, SWM

With additional thanks to…

Neil Mainwaring of Hardwick Farm, who allowed us to dig in his field. Catherine and Alan Strange of The Brow Golf Club, who provided a lovely lunch and helped with setting up the venue. Dougie Betts, who allowed us to use Welsh Frankton Village Hall as the venue. Rachel Walters, co-organiser and note-taker on the day.

Purpose of the presentations

These workshops aimed to highlight the importance of good soil management and how improving soil management techniques can help minimise the impacts of extreme weather on farm practices.  The workshop was attended by a mixture of local Shropshire farmers, Environment Agency colleagues and others who work with the farming community and we were treated to a live soil analysis out in the field by Philip Wright, who discussed soil structure and the importance of maintenance.  Robert Kynaston kicked off each workshop, one in the morning and repeated in the afternoon for a different audience, with an update on cross compliance and greening.  Following the soil analysis, SWM ran a workshop showing how the farmers in attendance had been impacted by extreme weather and they also shared good practice examples on how they have adapted.

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