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Nature Friendly Farming Network

25 May 2018, Kendal

The North West Section Comittee ran a joint event with the Nature Friendly Farming Network on the 25th May at the National Trust’ Sizergh Estate near Kendal. The aim of the event was to explore and discuss sustainable economic and ecological grazing systems by learning from two innovative practitioners.

Grassland systems dominating the agricultural landscape in Great Britain are largely economically unproductive, ecologically degraded, dominated by a single grass species, organic carbon poor and heavily reliant on inputs to maintain productivity. Attendees visited two sites that are being managed in a way that bucks this trend. Lane End Farm, an important area of species rich grassland which has been managed for conservation over the last 10 years, and Low Sizergh Farm, a family run dairy farm and rural business that is applying the Holistic Management methodology including Holistic Planned Grazing. Presentations were given by Gemma Wren of the National Trust, Richard Park of Low Sizergh Farm, David Corrie-Close of the Horned Beef Company and Lisa Norton from CEH. Delegates then had chance to see and discuss the merits of different grazing systems out in the field and see how both farms are committed to finding workable solutions that make their businesses resilient during the forthcoming economic uncertainty of Brexit.

More information:

www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk

www.nffn.org.uk

www.thehornedbeefcompany.com

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh

Author and photos: Gemma Wren MCIEEM, North West Section Committee

 

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Attendees observing Holistic Grazing Management in practice on Low Sizergh Farm

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Delegates joining in discussions around innovative grazing management

 

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